Four players scored in double-figures to give the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team a lead after the first quarter. Cameron came back strong in the second and third quarters and never looked back in taking the 75-62 Lone Star Conference victory on Thursday.
Senior Jordan Gutierrez led the way with 21 points, followed by 14 each from junior Jade Botelho and sophomore Megan Looney, while junior Keshaun Clark rounded out the four in double-figures with 10. Looney collected her fourth double-double of the season with 13 rebounds. Gutierrez grabbed eight boards and seven for Clark. Gutierrez led in assists and steals going for four in each category.
Cameron (10-13, 8-9 LSC) opened the game on firing scoring the first eight points for an 8-0 lead not even two minutes in. Down 10-2, WNMU (4-20, 0-17 LSC) began to find their groove with Clark hitting a jumper to ignite an 8-0 run to tie the game at 10. Gutierrez finished the rest of the running putting up the next six points.
Gutierrez gave the Lady Mustangs their first lead of the night at the 3:31 mark when she hit the first three-pointer of the game for WNMU for the 13-12 lead.
Looney had WNMU in front by three at 20-17 late in the quarter when the Aggies closed the scoring through the first 10 minutes to leave the Lady Mustangs with the 20-19 lead after one.
Clark dialed long distance nearly two minutes into the second quarter which moved WNMU to their largest lead of the game at 25-21. Cameron went on a 7-0 run to move back in front by three, just to watch senior Jayla Brown tie the game at 28 with a three-pointer with four minutes to go before halftime.
Botelho had WNMU back in the lead at 30-28 following her jumper in the paint, but Cameron closed the rest of the half strong outscoring the Lady Mustangs 8-2 to take a 36-32 lead into the locker rooms.
The Aggies came out ready to start the third quarter going on a 9-1 run over the first three-plus minutes to move the lead into double-digits. Looney cut the deficit back to 10 on the next trip down the floor, but WNMU wasn’t able to get any closer in the quarter as Cameron held the 20-7 lead in the third quarter to take a 56-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
Botelho and Gutierrez combined for a 7-0 run midway through the quarter with Botelho posting five points during the stretch. Looney and Gutierrez combined to put together one last run that brought the Lady Mustangs to within 11, but ran out of time with the Aggies taking the victory.
Just like WNMU, Cameron had four players score in double-figures led by 19 from Savanna James. James also posted a double-double with 15 rebounds. Charron Montgomery added 15 points, Jamie Bonnarens with 14 and Ava Battese with 10.
Both teams struggled from the field with WNMU making 23-73 (32), 5-23 (22) from three and 11-14 (79) at the foul line. Cameron answered making 29-74 (39), 4-23 (17) from three and 13-20 (65) at the charity stripe.
WNMU held the edge on points off turnovers (18-10) and second-chance points (21-14). Cameron took advantage of bench points (31-14), points in the paint (42-26) and fastbreak points (25-6).
WNMU will close the road trip this Saturday when they will play at Midwestern State starting at 2 p.m. Central Time. Midwestern State fell just short of an upset tonight against Eastern New Mexico with the Greyhounds taking the 61-57 victory.