Cameron’s Tera Tremayne entered Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game against Eastern New Mexico University shooting less than 18 percent for the season from 3-point range.
Suffice it to say, she found her stroke against the Zias.
Tremayne went 5-for-6 from 3-point range, including three in a row in a span of about two minutes to help the Aggies beat the Zias 72-57 at Greyhound Arena.
The junior guard finished with a game-high 23 points as the Aggies (5-5) exceeded their win total (four) for each of the past two seasons.
Tremayne entered the game with an 8.7 scoring average and 11-of-62 from 3-point range.
“She’s done a good job of working hard on her shot since the break,” first-year Aggies coach Tom Webb said. “It always feels good when hard work pays off.”
Both teams seemed to have a hard time mustering energy, but the Aggies took control of the game when Tremayne drilled her 3-pointers to turn a six-point lead into a 46-34 cushion with 13 minutes left.
“They got a couple of shots to go in, and we didn’t see enough go in to fire us up,” Zias coach Linden Weese said.
ENMU (8-7), coming off a trip to San Antonio for games on Tuesday and Wednesday, couldn’t get the margin under double digits after that.
“We didn’t hit shots that we make every day in practice,” Weese said. “We just didn’t play well today, and we’re real disappointed about it.”
The Aggies started the game in man-to-man but switched to a 2-3 zone after the first two minutes. The Zias couldn’t get anything going until it was too late and finished at 31 percent for the game (21-of-67), including 7-of-26 from 3-point distance.
Four of their makes from 3-point range came in the final five minutes.
“We hadn’t seen much zone this year, and we just did a poor job of attacking it,” Weese said. “And they (Aggies) did a good job blocking out on the boards.”
Sophomore guard Constance Rundles finished with a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) for the Aggies, who came in with just one player averaging in double figures. Guards Kristi Taylor and Gabby Walk added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Cameron came in shooting 33 percent from the field and 27 percent from 3-point range, but went 6-for-12 from long distance and 24-of-55 overall.
“When you hit shots, it’s always easier,” Webb said.
Sophomore guard Samantha Matta led the Zias with a season-best 15 points off the bench. Sophomore Cat Clay had 14 points and sophomore Til-Lois Fifer also posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.