Balance, youth lead Aggies past OCU, 81-72
Balance and a reversal of fortune at the free throw line spurred Cameron University to an 81-72 women's basketball victory over Oklahoma Christian University Thursday in the Aggie Gym.
Coach Emma Andrews' youngsters got 14 points from freshman Andrea Martinez in the third quarter and 12 from sophomore Jamie Bonnarens in the fourth to finally dispatch the pesky Edmond crew for the second time in seven nights.
The Ags, now 2-1, edged the 0-4 Eagles, 96-95, last week in Wichita Falls. Martinez finished with 24 points and Bonnarens 20. Scoring help came from junior Amaka Nwakamma with 16 points and sophomore Ava Battese with 10. Nwakamma also had seven assists and three steals.
Junior Lejha Smith hauled down 11 rebounds as Cameron bounced back for a 50-46 edge on the boards. Briana Underwood and Bonnarens had seven each.
Junior Addy Clift led OCU's balanced attack with 17 points ñ 13 in the first half while the old rivals were waging a 40-40 standoff. Maddison Collyer came off the bench to add 10.
There were six ties and seven lead exchanges. OCU took advantage of Cameron fouls to close the first half with a 28-16 spree. The Eagles were 12 of 15 at the line; the Ags 0 for 2.
A major play occurred with 35 seconds remaining. Bonnarens was called for a charging foul ñ it would have been her fifth ñ but a review disclosed the defender was inside the defensive circle. The call was reversed and Bonnarens converted two charities to extend the Aggie lead to 78-72.
"The last two games, we've had the most crazy calls at the end of the game, and it falls our way," Andrews said. "People always think it's lucky. I think luck is a loose term. You have to put yourself in that position to get that type of call."
Cameron was cruising with a 24-12 cushion when the fouls began to mount. OCU closed the half with a 28-16 spree, Clift doing most of the damage with 11 second-quarter points. The 5-7 junior was 3 of 6 from the floor and converted 6 straight free throws.
Cameron enjoyed an 18-13 field goal margin but OCU made up the difference at the line.
Bonnarens was limited to nine minutes and Smith to seven as they encountered foul issues. Battese, Nwakamma and Martinez netted 10 points each for CU.
"OCU is a great team," Andrews said. "They take it and push it down your throat the whole game. They're hard to guard."
So was Cameron in the second half. Martinez went 5 of 6 in the third quarter, with 3 treys. She finished 9 of 10 from the floor. The Ags were 38.7 percent overall, including 8 of 24 from behind the arc.