Women win, prepare for postseason

Basketball: Senior point guard leads team with 25 points during her last ASU home game

By Andy Atterbury
On March 3, 2011

  • Sophomore Morgan Youngblood goes for a lay up over the TexAnns February 26. Pam Belcher
  • Sophomore Morgan Youngblood goes for a lay up over the TexAnns February 26. Pam Belcher
  • The Belles celebrate after a tough win against Tarleton State February 26. Pam Belcher

The Tarleton State TexAnns brought their unblemished conference record and 13-game win streak to the Junell Center Feb. 26. They left town without either one after the ‘Belles took them down 70-57.

"I'm just proud," Head Coach Sally Brooks said. "I think we believed we could beat them coming into the game. We proved ourselves the last few games."

Both teams kept the score close early in the first half. Two free throws from senior guard Camille Perkins put the ‘Belles ahead 11-10 with just under 12 minutes until halftime. The girls would hold the lead for the rest of the half and headed to the locker room up 25-23.

Perkins, the lone senior on the team, led the ‘Belles with 25 points. Sophomore forward Lindsey Youngblood added 16 points.

"I thought we played very well as a team and that's what you have to do whenever you play a team like [Tarleton]," Perkins said.

Junior center Paige Weishuhn chipped in 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

The ‘Belles (17-9) (10-4) went on a 6-0 run at the start of the second half to give them an eight-point lead over the TexAnns. With two minutes left in the game the ‘Belles' lead increased to 11. The TexAnns (23-3) (13-1) could not come back from the deficit and their win streak was snapped.

"We were all playing for Camille," Brooks said. "It stinks to end your career on your home floor with a loss. We just didn't want that to happen."

Coach Brooks did not see the game as an upset because the girls believed they could beat the TexAnns.

The ‘Belles will pack their bags and head to Oklahoma for the Lone Star Conference Tournament on March 3.

 "It's a great feeling, but it's not over yet," Perkins said. "We're going to Bartlesville and anything can happen."


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