WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Despite 28 points from Maighan Hedge, the Aggie women’s basketball team couldn’t keep up with rival Midwestern State in the second half of a 84-77 loss on Wednesday night.
CU was outscored 52-33 in the second half.
Cameron got off to a hot start that saw them shoot over 40 percent from the field and go 6-13 from three-point range in the first two quarters. The start cooled off in the second half, when they shot just 32.3 percent from the floor and were 1-9 from three. CU turned the ball over 21 times, 12 coming on Midwestern steals.
Hedge followed up her career-high 30 points against St. Edward’s last Saturday with a 28-point outing against the Mustangs. The sophomore went 8-14 from the field and was a perfect 11-11 from the charity stripe. Senior Ava Battese added 15 points, seven rebounds, and two steals in the loss, while freshman Stephanie Peterson recorded five takeaways to go along with seven points, five boards, and three helpers; CU had 10 steals in the loss.
In the first quarter, the Aggies got most of their 22 points from three-point range, where they went 4-7. Whitney Outon and Battese were a big part of the Aggies early offensive production as the two both had seven points in the first 10 minutes of action. The squad shot 42.9 percent from the floor in the first period to lead their rival 22-15.
After getting into early foul trouble in the first quarter, CU’s leading scorer and the reigning LSC Offensive Player of the Week, Hedge scored 15 of the Aggies’ 22 points in the second frame. An early run right out of the gates gave CU a 14-point lead and Hedge helped them hold a 12-point advantage, 44-32, at halftime. They shot 50 percent from the field and were 6-6 from the foul line in the quarter, all made by Hedge.
Cameron hit a scoring drought at the start of the second half but were able to maintain a 10-point lead by the five-minute media timeout. That is when the Mustangs made their move, going on a 13-2 run to get to within one point, 54-53. A pair of free throws from Outon put CU back on top by three, but MSU’s Mica Schneider drew a foul on a three-point attempt to earn three foul shots, which she converted to tie the game at 56 heading into the final frame.
The Aggies shot just 28.6 percent from the field in the frame, going 0-4 from three while making four of their five free throw attempts. They also turned the ball over nine times, five coming on Mustang steals.
In the fourth, the two teams went back and forth until a 9-3 run by Midwestern gave them a 74-67 lead with just 3:32 on the clock. During that span, CU was just 1-8 from the field. Hedge made a layup to cut the lead to five, but a MSU and-one conversion stretched that back out to eight with just over a minute to play. The sophomore from Australia did her best to keep CU in the game, scoring five points in the final minute of play, but it was too late as the Mustangs knocked down their late free throws to hold on for the 84-77 win.
Midwestern State shot 38 percent from the field and made 23 of their 37 foul shots. They were led by senior’s Elizabeth Cathcart and Mica Schneider with 23 and 22 points respectively.
Cameron, who is now 5-10 overall and 4-5 against league opponents, falls to 1-2 against their division. MSU is now 2-1 in division play and tied with CU at 4-5 in the conference standings. The two teams will meet again on Saturday, Jan. 18, this time in the Aggie Gym at 2 p.m.