By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (January 2, 2015) — Dayla Threatt amassed 30 points as Cameron wiped out a 13 point first half deficit in a 83-71 win over Tarleton State in Lone Star Conference play at Wisdom Gym Saturday evening.
Cameron (7-4, 1-1) defeated Tarleton (6-6, 0-2) for the sixth straight time as the TexAnns (6-6 dropped third straight and including their first two LSC games for the first time since 2009. Tarleton last defeated Cameron on January 9, 2013.
Cameron avoided the same start to conference play by outscoring Tarleton 14-6 over the final 5:33 of the second quarter 23-11 in the third quarter. After trailing 35-22, Cameron outscored Tarleton 37-17 over the rest of the second and third quarters to lead 59-52 entering the fourth.
Cameron didn’t stop its charge with the end of the third quarter, outscoring the TexAnns 11-3 over the opening three minutes of the fourth to lead 70-55 before the TexAnns tried to rally.
Tarleton scored 10 straight to cut it to 70-65 with 4:26 still to play. Bailey Wipff and Nia Jackson each hit 3-pointers before Averie Mack and Wipff both knocked down two free throws.
But that was as close as Tarleton would get, as Threatt made sure Cameron finished strong. The senior post grabbed a key offensive rebound just before the three minute mark, then scored eight points down the stretch to put it away.
Wipff led Tarleton with 15 points while Ikpeaku Iwobi scored 13 and collected nine boards. Behind Threatt for Cameron were Savanna James with 13 points Charron Montgomery 11.
Wipff got hot early with two quick 3-pointers and eight points in the first quarter. Tarleton led 26-16 after one, its highest scoring first quarter this season against an NCAA opponent. The TexAnns scored 34 in the first quarter against lowly Arlington Baptist.
Tarleton shot 53 percent before intermission but just 18 percent after it, hitting 34 percent for the game. Cameron’s fortunes worked in reverse with the Aggies knocking down just 37 percent in the first half but 52 percent in the second to finish hitting 44 percent for the game.
Thanks to Threatt, Cameron outscored Tarleton 46-30 in the paint, and the Aggies also held an 18-9 advantage in fast break points.
Tarleton welcomes Angelo State to Wisdom Gym at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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