Cameron women to pink out No. 25 WT and host UTPB for homecoming

For Immediate Release

February 7, 2018

Cameron University Athletics

Kenton Means – Sports Information Director


No. 25 West Texas A&M (18-4, 10-4 LSC) | February 8, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in Lawton, Okla. (Pink Out)
UT Permian Basin (6-16, 4-10 LSC) | February 10, 2018 at 2 p.m. in Lawton, Okla. (Homecoming/Senior Day)

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Starting 5: 
1. In their last outing, the Aggie women’s basketball team beat Texas A&M-Kingsville in triple overtime, which is the most in program history. 
2. Jamie Bonnarens‘s 20 point effort against Texas A&M-Kingsville was the 10th time this season that she has scored 20 or more points in a game. 
3. West Texas A&M is second in Division II in field goal percentage, field goal defense, scoring defense, and rebounding margin. 
4. Lexi Hightower leads the Lone Star Conference and is 11th in the nation with a 44.3 percent three point percentage. 
5. The Falcons lead the conference and are No. 12 in the nation in total steals and steals per game. 

About the Aggies: 
The Aggies once again split a two game LSC stretch, keeping them at an even .500 (7-7) in conference play. Their 92 points against the Javelinas was the was the third time this calendar year that CU reached the 90 point threshold, bumping their scoring average up to 68.4 points per game. Cameron is second in the LSC in rebounding and assists, while ranking first in three point field goals attempted, made, and made per game. Jamie Bonnarens continues to lead the league with 18.1 points per outing while grabbing an average of 7.9. She has made 141 field goals, which is also first in the LSC while shooting the ball at a 39.6 percent clip. Lejha Smithtops the conference in rebounding and is second in blocks, and has recorded eight double-doubles this season. Ava Battese ranks first in the league and top-15 in Division II in three pointers attempted, made, and made per game. She is also top-20 in minutes player. 

Scouting the Lady Buffs: 
West Texas A&M is on a three game win streak heading into their second go around with the Aggies. They are coming off of a couple of blowout wins against UT Permian Basin and Texas Woman’s. The Lady Buffs lead the LSC in scoring defense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, and various other categories. They are also ranked No. 25 in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association top-25 poll. Lexi Hightower leads the team with 14.3 points per game while Madison Parker is scoring 10.5 points and grabbing a team high 6.5 rebounds per contest. Additionally, Meagan Gamble leads the LSC with an average of 3.6 assists as Tianna Parker is third in the league in blocks (43)

Last time vs. WT: 
The Aggies had their worst shooting night of the season on the road against WT. CU went just 16-68 from the floor, while going 11-25 from three and 6-15 from the free throw line. Jamie Bonnarens had 16 points and made 4-6 from the perimeter to lead Cameron. Lexy Hightower led the Lady Buffs with 18 points and Deleyah Harris had an 11 point, 10 rebound double-double. 

The series:
– WT leads the overall series 43-3. 
– Cameron’s last win against the Lady Buffs came in 2012.
– Last Meeting: January 6, 2018 in Canyon, Texas (70-49 ASU win).

Scouting the Falcons: 
UT Permian Basin has won just one of their last eight contests, falling to Texas Woman’s by almost 20 points their last time out. They average just 58.6 points per game while giving up almost 69 points to their opponent each time out. The Falcons are shooting 33.3 percent from the floor and hit under 30 percent of their shots from the perimeter. They do however rank No. 1 in the LSC in steals at 12.4 per game and turnovers forced (21.9). Khali Pippins-Tryon is the lone Falcon scoring in double-figures with 12.8 points per game, and hits her free throw shots at a 80.8 percent clip. UTPB has three players who rank in the top-10 of the conference in steals: Victoria Lopez, Jackie Perez, and Kayla Bretherton. 

Last time vs. UTPB: 
Cameron dominated UT Permian Basin earlier this season beating them by 20 points on their home court. The Aggies shot over 50 percent from the field, while holding the Falcons under 35 percent shooting from the floor. Jamie Bonnarens has a game-high 20 points, while Lejha Smith recorded a 15 point, 11 rebound double-double. Additionally, Jazmine Luster had a career high 10 rebounds and scored six points with two blocks in the CU win. UTPB was led by Kayla Bretherton with 12 points and Jasmine Spriggins with 11. 

The series:
– CU leads the series 4-1. 
– The Aggies have won the two matchups against the Falcons in Lawton, Okla. 
– Last Meeting: January 4, 2018 in Odessa, Texas (70-50 CU win).

Looking back:
The Aggies split their two games last week, falling to Angelo State, 75-60, and then beating Texas A&M-Kingsville, 92-91, in triple overtimes. CU struggled against ASU, turning the ball over 21 times and while they didn’t shoot terrible from the field (40.4%), they made just six of their 12 free throw attempts. Jamie Bonnarens had a solid game, scoring 19 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out six assists, as both Ava Battese and Parfitt McNair had 14 points each. The game against the Javelinas was evenly matched, as the two teams were tied at the end of the first quarter, halftime, and eventually the end of regulation. Both teams struggled shooting with neither of them eclipsing the 36 percent mark, but CU bounced back from the ASU game won the turnover battle 13-24. The Aggies did most of their damage at the free throw line, knocking down 31 of their 45 attempts, while Bonnarens and McNair each scored nine of their 20 points at the line. Lejha Smith recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Looking ahead:
Cameron will be on the road for their final four contests of the regular season. They will start the road trip with a visit to the Land of Enchantment as they face Western New Mexico on Thursday, Feb. 15 and then Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 17.


Kenton Means

Sports Information Director

2800 W. Gore Blvd.

Lawton, OK 73505

580-581-2303 (Office)

580-583-2210 (Cell)

580-581-5537 (Fax)


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