For the women’s basketball team of Texas A&M-Kingsville, a strong second half effort where they outscored their opponent 34-30, proved to not be enough as they fell to 0-24 on the season with a 78-65 loss to Cameron University on senior night.
With Javelina seniors Lauren Jay and Tonje Milde being honored before the game, TAMUK was set on finishing their final home game of the season with a win, with Jay and sophomore Micah Weaver set on doing just that.
“Lauren really played well coming in right off the bat,” said head coach Wade Scott. “It’s her senior year and you always want to go out on top.”
Jay, who has been a leader since she first wore blue and gold, knows how much she appreciates playing in front of the fans in Kingsville, especially for the last time.
“Playing in front of this crowd for the last time, I really wanted to give it my all and my best,” said Jay. “I love this crowd and their support and how they always back me up.”
The senior forward finished her final game at Hampton Inn Court with 13-points on 6-11 shooting in 28 minutes of play.
For Weaver, scoring the basketball has come natural all season long and she showed it once again despite the Javelina struggles in the first half.
“Micah played well tonight and she has all season long,” said Scott.
The 5’9 shooting guard finished with 20-points on 10-15 shooting in 34 minutes of play.
For Cameron, consistent scoring and taking advantage of Javelina turnovers, proved to be the difference. The Aggies scored 23-points off of turnovers and finished with 4 players scoring over 10-points with forward Brani Leal and guard Jade Herl combing for 36 of their 78-points.
“We want to move on and get a win,” said Scott. “We have two more chances to do that and we will see what happens.”
With the Javelinas sitting at the bottom of the Lone Star Conference, a win at Midwestern State and Angelo still gives them hope of getting into the LSC tournament. With Scott still searching for his first win as head coach, he knows time is running out but the window to succeed is still open.
“If we can get a win in both of those games then we make things interesting,” said Scott. “We can slip into that 8th spot and get into the conference tournament but if not, we still want to get a win because nobody wants to go winless in a season.”
With just two games left in the regular season and with a chance to finish 0-26 for the first time in school history, all it takes is one leader to make a difference and give her team a reason to believe. The Javelinas will look to capture their first win of the season with their final road trip of the season starting in Wichita Falls, Texas.
“Going into Midwestern, I know we can overcome them if we execute,” said Jay. “If we can score and rebound we will have a chance. They are a good team but so are we.”