Cameron women seek answers to questions
Cameron University's women's basketball team is off to a 4-1 start but the Aggies and Coach Tom Webb are still seeking answers to some pressing questions and hopefully they will learn the answers to some of those when they host a strong Arkansas-Fort Smith team today at 2 p.m. at the Aggie Gym.
Meanwhile the Cameron men are in a similar position, seeking to get a better picture of just what players work together on the floor at various points. The Aggies will continue their learning process today at 4 p.m. when they visit Rogers State College in Claremore. Last year the Hillcats slipped into the Aggie Gym and escaped with an upset win.
Here is a brief look at how both games stack up:
Women at home
One thing that the Aggie women have not shied away from is a challenge as Coach Webb has scheduled some of the toughest teams in the region, including No. 1-ranked Emporia State, which handed CU its lone loss of the season.
The 5-1 Lady Lions might not be at the same level of Emporia but they are on a five-game win streak including routing Lone Star Conference foe Midwestern State, 100-58, recently. Their only loss was to Colorado-Mesa, 75-69, in the season opener. Last year the Lions beat the Aggies, 78-51 in Fort Smith.
The Lady Lions were averaging the fourth most three-pointers in the nation with 10.8 per game and they are 14th best from beyond the arc with a 41.4 percent mark. Senior Jasmine Brainard leads the UAFS squad in points and rebounds with 13.7 points per game and five boards.
The success is no surprise since Fort Smith won the 2015 Heartland Conference overall and tournament titles to get an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament where they were the No. 5 seed. This season the Lady Lions were picked to finish runner up behind Lubbock Christian in their league's preseason poll.
One area where Webb wants to see improvement is rebounding as the Aggies are last in the league in that category with just 35.6 rebounds per game compared to the opponents mark of 43.4. That margin of minus-7.8 per game is the worst in the league and is more than five rebounds worse than the next closest competitor. As a team the Aggies have grabbed just 178 total rebounds in five games.
However, like the Lady Lions, the Aggies are a strong threat from long range, notching 8.8 treys per game behind individual leader Brandi Leal who averages 3.2 for a league high 47.1 percent.