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Aggies tally sweep of TAMU-Kingsville

A switch to two-platoon basketball lit a fire under the Cameron University offense Thursday and sparked the Aggies to a 91-80 Lone Star Conference women’s victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the CU gym.

Coach Emma Andrews’ youngsters rallied from a 5-point deficit by outscoring the Javelinas, 23-10, in the fourth quarter. Underclassmen started the spree with 11 points and the seniors finished with a 12-5 advantage in the final six minutes.

The win snaps an eight-game losing streak and boosts the CU records to 5-14 in the Lone Star and to 8-19 overall. A&M-Kingsville, which has lost 9 of its last 10 starts, falls to 6-13 and 9-17.

The clubs played through 8 ties and 14 lead exchanges in the first three quarters, with the Javs emerging with a 70-68 lead.

A&M’s Danielle Meadows scored the first three points of the fourth quarter. CU freshman Maighan Hedge arranged the ninth tie with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws and junior Ava Battese shot the Ags into a 76-73 lead with a trey.

The Javs cut their deficit to one on a drive by Ravae Payne, but Battese drilled her fourth trey of the evening and Andrews returned her five seniors to the court.

They were ready. Natalie Halbleib hit a trey, Sydney Ellis got a layup, Parfitt McNair hit a jumper and Lejha Smith added a layup to extend the lead to 88-75. A layup by Halbleib and free throw by McNair capped the Ags’ highest-scoring game of the season.

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