Monday, December 20, 2010

Aggies Rush Past Javelinas

 KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – The Texas A&M-Kingsville women’s basketball team took a 36-27 lead into halftime against visiting Cameron University, but were unable to hold the lead as the Aggies rolled by the Hoggies, 71-61 on Monday at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
          
It was a tale of two halves for the Javelinas (2-8) as they knocked down seven three-pointers in the first half and shot 43.8 percent from the field.  In the second half, the Hoggies connected on only 32.3 percent of their shots while the Aggies (6-5) caught fire.
          
Cameron shot 51.6 percent from the field in the second half en route to 44 points.  Josie Stewart and Sabelle Diata led the way as they combined 30 points and 10 rebounds in the second half as they made 12-of-15 shots.  The Aggies took their first lead at 47-46 on a lay-up by Stewart with 10:25 remaining.
          
The Javelinas took their final lead of the game with 8:11 to play when Victoria Gonzalez (Hidalgo/Hidalgo HS) score on a conventional three-point play to make it 51-49.  The Aggies then put together a 14-2 run that proved to be a knockout blow.
          
The Javelinas would briefly pull to within five points, but Diata had the answer by scoring six points in a 1:01 span.
          
The Javelinas shot 38.1 percent from the field, made 10-of-35 three-point attempts and 3-of-5 from the foul line.  Kelly Bastow (Bunbury, Australia/Bunbury Catholic) led the team in scoring for the second straight game with 15 points and six rebounds while connecting on 5-of-10 from three-point range.  Rochelle Ikeni (Fresno, CA/Roosevelt HS) added 11 points and six rebounds off the bench while shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from the field.  Breanna Gonzalez (San Antonio/Christian Academy) added a career high 13 points and four assists.
          
The Aggies shot 47.5 percent from the field, made 6-of-18 from three-point range and 9-of-14 from the foul line.  Diata finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.  Stewart added 18 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.  Alexis Williams chipped in with 12 points while Ali Brown scored nine points off the bench in the second half.

The Javelinas are now off until January 6 when they travel to Texas Woman’s for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

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