For Immediate Release
January 4, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
ODESSA, Texas – Jamie Bonnarens led all scorers with 20 points while Lejha Smith had a 15 point, 11 rebound double-double as the Aggie women’s basketball team took down UT Permian Basin on Thursday, 70-50.
Cameron controlled the game from the get-go, taking a 17-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. They followed that up with a 22-14 second quarter in which they started the quarter with a seven point run and ended it with a six point rally to lead 29-24 at the break.
Bonnarens scored 13 of her 20 points in the first 20 minutes, going 5-6 from the field and 2-2 from three. As a team, the Black and Gold shot over 51 percent from the field and went 5-14 from the perimeter before halftime.
The Aggies started the second half on a 13-3 run and continued that momentum and outscored the Falcons 17-11 in the third quarter. UTPB won the fourth quarter 15-14 and closed the game out on a 5-0 run, but the damage was already done as CU notched their third Lone Star Conference win with the 20 point win.
Lehja Smith dominated the second half for CU, scoring all 15 of her points and grabbing seven rebounds. Her double-double was her fourth of the season and it was the ninth time she recorded 10 or more rebounds this season.
Bonnarens finished the game with 20 points, which was the seventh time she has reached the 20 point mark this season, while going 8-12 from the field and 3-5 from three.
Cameron shot over 50 percent from the field, while holding the Falcons to shooting just 31 percent. Both teams struggled from three and the free throw line, as CU was 6-24 from deep and 4-13 from the charity stripe and UTPB was 7-18 from the perimeter and hit just seven of their 15 free throw attempts.
The win moves the Aggies record to 5-8 overall and 3-2 in LSC play, while UT Permian Basin is now 4-9 overall and 2-3 in league games.
Cameron will face a tough test in their next game on Saturday, as they travel to the undefeated, second-ranked West Texas A&M.