Cameron drops home openener to SWOSU
Coming home was a lot more fun for Kelsi Bond Musick than it was for the Cameron University women's basketball team.
Musick, a 2002 CU graduate, returned to her old stomping grounds Saturday and coached Southwestern State to an 82-68 victory in the Aggies' home opener.
The Bulldogs switched to a high-low inside attack to turn the game in their favor. Center Jessica Penner benefited to the tune of 21 points on nine of 14 shooting. Her play also helped open the perimeter and the 'Dogs hit seven of 16 3-pointers.
Cameron, which entered the game hitting 37.5 percent from behind the line, struggled to three of 19 (15.8 percent).
"The kids that shot the threes aren't really the kids we want shooting them,"
Cameron Coach Tom Webb said. "Jazz (Jazzmine Robinson) is playing hard and Jade (Herl) and (Brandi) Leal and those guys are playing hard."
SWOSU is now 2-4 for the year. Cameron falls to 1-6 and is off until Dec. 15 when the Ags close first-semester play with a visit to Southeastern State in Durant.
"It's always nice to come back to a place that you played, but it's a lot better to leave with a win," said Musick, who was a starter on the 2002 Cameron team that advanced to the NCAA Regional tourney in St. Joseph, Mo.
"We knew they were going to zone us. That's all we've seen. So we spent a lot of time on a couple of zone offenses in order to get us some good looks.
"I felt like it worked tonight."
Webb concurred ñ to a point.
"Everybody knows with our injuries, I don't know if we refuse to defend or if we can't defend right now," he said. "We're having a hard time defending inside ñ man or zone, it wouldn't matter.