CU women travel to UTPB and No. 2 WT

For Immediate Release
January 3, 2017
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
UT Permian Basin (4-8, 2-2 LSC) | January 4, 2018 in Odessa, Texas at 5:30 p.m.Live Stats | Live Video
No. 2 West Texas A&M (12-0, 4-0 LSC) | January 6, 2018 in Canyon, Texas at 2 p.m.Live Stats | Live Video

Game Notes

Starting 5: 
1. The Aggies are on their first four game skid since the 2015-16 season.
2. During CU’s three game non-conference run, Jamie Bonnarens averaged 17 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest.
3. Ava Battese leads the Lone Star Conference and is ranked in the top-25 in the nation in three point shots made and attempted.
4. The Falcons are one of the top teams in Division II in steals, ranking in the top-20 with 12.7 steals per game.
5. West Texas A&M is one of just seven teams in Division II that are still undefeated. 

About the Aggies: 
Cameron has lost their last four games, three of which were non-conference contests where they failed to reach 60 points in each game. They kick off 2018 by visiting UT Permian Basin and the second-ranked West Texas A&M. The Aggies went 2-2 in their first four league games beating Tarleton State and Texas A&M-Kingsville and falling to Texas A&M-Commerce and Angelo State. 
Offensively, the recent struggles has dropped CU’s scoring average to just 65.5 points per game, while giving up 70.9 to their opponents. They have failed to shoot over 45 percent since their win over the TexAnns at the beginning of December and have struggled to shoot over 30 percent from three point range since starting league play. Cameron is still second in the LSC in three pointers made and their rebounding is ranked in the top-5 as well. Leading the way on the boards is the LSC’s leading rebounder, Lejha Smith, who averages 11 rebounds per contest, which is 10th nationally. 

One of the bright spots offensively for the Aggies is sophomore Jamie Bonnarens, who is leading the league in scoring with 17.2 points per outing. The Cache, Okla. native is also ranked fifth in rebounding in the conference and is second only to teammate Ava Battese in minutes played. Battese not only spends the most minutes on the court in the LSC, but she is also the leading three point shooter in the league, making 2.9 per game. 

Scouting the Falcons
Texas-Permian Basin snapped a three game skid of their own with a 20 point win over Sul Ross State in their last contest. Melbourne, Australia native Kayla Breatherton scored a game high 21 points for UTPB while they held Sul Ross to just 9.5 percent shooting from three in the win.

Breatherton is third on the team in scoring with 8.6 points per game behind Khali Pippins-Tryon’s 11.9 points and Sierra LaGrande’s 10.1 points per contest. LaGrande has made 29 three point shots a .397 clip this season. They lead a UTPB offense that is scoring just 59.2 points per game this season while allowing 68.6 to their opponents. The Falcons are shooting 33.6 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from three, and 62.3 percent from the charity stripe. 

The series vs. UTPB:
– CU leads the series 3-1.
– Jamie Bonnarens had a career high 32 points in the win in Odessa last season. 
– Last Meeting: February 11, 2017 in Odessa, Texas (92-72 CU win).

Scouting the Lady Buffs: 
The undefeated Lady Buffs are coming off of a 118-56 thumping of the University of the Southwest in their last contest. Senior, Madison Parker had 23 points and 10 rebounds while 6’5″ post player Tyesha Taylor had 16 points. 

Parker is one of three WT players scoring in double-figures as she averages 10.6 points and also leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per contest. The team’s leading scorer, Lexy Hightower (13.7) also leads the LSC in three point shooting as she has made 32 shots from the perimeter while making them at a .471 clip. Also averaging in double-figures is Deleyah Harris, who averages 10.4 points while shooting 51.2 percent from the field. 

WT is second in the conference in scoring with 73.4 points per game while holding the opposition to just 51.8 points, which is fourth best nationally. They are also first in Division II in field goal percentage  and sixth in assists per game. 

The series vs. WT:
– WT leads 37-4.
– Cameron has beaten the Lady Buffs just one time in Canyon, Texas.
– Lady Meeting: February 9, 2017 in Canyon, Texas (86-69 WT win).

Looking back:
Cameron lost a hard fought battle against St. Mary’s their last time out, falling 54-51. CU struggled to get going offensively as they shot under 37 percent from both the field and the perimeter while going just 9-16 from the free throw line. Ava Battese led the Ags with 14 points while Parfitt McNair had 10; Lejha Smtih chipped in 14 rebounds and eight points.

Looking ahead:
For their next four contests, the Aggies will return home as they host Eastern New Mexico on Thursday, Jan. 11 and then Western New Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 13. They then welcome rival Midwestern State to the Aggie Gym on Tuesday, Jan. 16 and then Texas Woman’s comes to Lawton on Saturday, Jan. 20 to end the home stretch.

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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