Score­less stretch costs JBU women vs. Rams

■ The Golden Ea­gles were de­feated 69-61 on Satur­day at Texas Wesleyan.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - From JBU Sports In­for­ma­tion

FORT WORTH, Texas — Sport­ing a quick 6-2 lead, the John Brown Uni­ver­sity women’s bas­ket­ball team fell into an of­fen­sive funk as the Rams put up 21 firstquar­ter points en route to a 69-61 de­ci­sion over the Golden Ea­gles on Satur­day af­ter­noon in­side the Sid Richard­son Cen­ter.

JBU (6-2, 2-1 Sooner Ath­letic) bat­tled through a tough 6-minute, 45-sec­ond spurt with­out a field goal, and the Rams (4-3, 2-0) com­pleted the first 10 min­utes of play with an eight-point lead, 21-13, and wouldn’t re­lin­quish the ad­van­tage for the re­main­der of the con­test.

Se­nior Baily Cameron fin­ished the first half with nine points, hit­ting 4 of 7 from the floor, and the vis­i­tors pieced to­gether an 18-12 sec­ond quar­ter that pulled the Golden Ea­gles within two, 33-31, at in­ter­mis­sion.

The sec­ond half saw John Brown shoot 35 per­cent (11 of 31) and the Rams build up a game­high 12-point lead with just un­der two min­utes to play. A pair of Cameron 3-point­ers and another trey from se­nior Ka­rina Chan­dra pulled the Golden Ea­gles closer be­fore time ex­pired.

Eleven first-half turnovers ham­pered the John Brown of­fense, but the Golden Ea­gles set­tled down in the sec­ond half, com­mit­ting just four. While tak­ing five more shots in the sec­ond half than the first, JBU couldn’t over­come a tough con­ver­sion per­cent­age from the floor.

The Rams turned JBU’s mis­cues into 13 points and lim­ited the vis­it­ing bench to a sea­son­low five points.

Cameron fin­ished the con­test with a game-high 18 points. She

com­pleted her third dou­ble-dou­ble of the year, pulling down a game-high 10 boards, a third of JBU’s 30 on the af­ter­noon.

Ju­nior Jor­dan Martin and Chan­dra each con­trib­uted 14 points in the loss, in­clud­ing four 3-point­ers each.

Evie Whor­ley posted 13 points and seven re­bounds, while Jor­dan Brightwell added 12 points and three blocks for Texas Wesleyan.

The Golden Ea­gles re­turn to Bill Ge­orge Arena on Thurs­day to host No. 10 Ok­la­homa City in a 6 p.m. tip.

Photo cour­tesy of Texas Wesleyan

John Brown sopho­more Tay­lor Fer­gen drives by a Texas Wesleyan de­fender dur­ing Satur­day’s game. The Rams de­feated the Golden Ea­gles 69-61.

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