Cameron University Athletics
Don Vieth – Sports Information Director
LAWTON – Brandi Leal found the zone and made a career high seven three pointers to guide the Aggies to a 68-62 win on Saturday afternoon over Oklahoma Christian. The senior from Amarillo, Texas ended the contest against the Lady Eagles with 21 points.
Leal tied the Cameron record for made three pointers in the game that was last set by Haley Dunn in 2009 against Northeastern State and Michelle Brogden against Southwestern Oklahoma in 1997. Additionally, she was one short of tying the national high this season in Division II that was made by Alaska-Anchorage’s Jenna Buchanan.
Cameron (3-1) as a team found their open shots outside with 14 made three-pointers, and they went 42.3% at the arc.
“She (Brandi) came off the bench today and really bought into the role,” said head coach Tom Webb. “She got going early, got open looks, and it was kind of over after that.”
Despite the six point win for the Aggies, they led by double-figures for the majority of the contest and a late Lady Eagle run cut CU’s advantage down from 21 points with five minutes left to make it a 66-60 game with 38 seconds left.
“When you’re up 15 and their pressing we got passive and you got to be aggressive,” said Webb. “This was a great learning experience for our basketball team to hold on with no time outs left with three minutes to go but at the end of the day I’m very pleased.”
The Aggies opened the contest on a tear shooting 62.5% (10-16) from the field and knocked down seven treys by the end of the first quarter to overwhelm OC with a 27-7 advantage. In CU’s first three contests, the season high for made three pointers was eight and Leal who had three made shots from downtown this season matched that total in the opening ten minutes.
Oklahoma Christian (1-4) outscored the Aggies in the second quarter 16-to-13 but Leal continued to have a hot hand for Cameron with two more three-pointers and at the half she would have 15 points. Cameron would shoot 15-29 from the field and took a 40-23 advantage into the locker room.
Cameron maintained their advantage but in the fourth quarter despite 5-10 shooting, Oklahoma Christian moved to a press and forced nine CU turnovers. Of the Lady Eagles 24 points, 11 came off of turnovers by the Aggies. Additionally, Oklahoma Christian helped Cameron at the line missing 10 out of 21 chances at the charity stripe.
The Aggies ended the night shooting 25-of-58 from the field (43.1%) and they made 14 from downtown. Oklahoma Christian went 19-of-64 (29.7%) on their side of the court and shot 4-for-25 at the arc. In rebounding, the Lady Eagles had 47, which was six more than the Aggies. Cameron turned the ball over 20 times and OC would score 25 of their points off of Aggie miscues.
Oklahoma Christian was led by Sarah Parker who had 17 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.
“Overall you have to pleased with our effort, just in the second half you need to learn how to play with the lead, stay aggressive and attack,” added Webb.
Cameron will return the action on Friday for a tournament hosted by West Texas A&M, they will face Texas A&M-International and Minnesota State-Moorehead on Saturday; both contests will start at noon.