Goldwire leads ECU past Cameron

1-23-08 - Senior Lacey Goldwire poured in 27 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as the East Central University Lady Tigers turned back a late Cameron comeback bid to down the host Aggies 67-61 Wednesday night in Lone Star Conference North women’s basketball play at Aggie Gym.

The win by ECU snapped a four-game losing streak as the Lady Tigers improved to 10-7 overall and 1-2 in the LSC North.

Goldwire, who tallied 17 of her points in the second half, was 11-of-18 from the floor to go along with two assists and a pair of steals.

She was joined in double figures by senior teammate Kristie Dodgion, who finished with 18 to go along with eight boards. Freshman Casi Rawls, playing not to far from her hometown of Elgin, finished with nine points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Rawls was a perfect 2-of-2 from the field and knocked down 5-of-6 free throws.

ECU held a 50-36 advantage at the 10:10 point of the second half, but converted just two field goals the rest of the way as Cameron, 3-14 and 0-2, climbed back into serious contention.

The Lady Tigers were even struggling from the free throw line until connecting on 7-of-8 attempts in the final 2:27 to keep the Aggies at bay.

ECU opened up that 14-point advantage by going on a 10-0 run with Goldwire scoring consecutive baskets and Dodgion nailing a pair of mid-range jumpers during that surge.

Goldwire’s bucket made it 52-39 with 7:52 remaining, but the Lady Tigers managed just one field goal the rest off the way - Dodgion’s short turn-around jumper in the lane with 51 seconds remaining.

Tiffany Williams paced Cameron with 20 points and eight rebounds while Merrisa Martinuzzi added 19 points as she nailed 5-of-8 shots from 3-point land. She hit three of those treys in the final 8:07 to help pull the Aggies within striking range.

The Lady Tigers, who shot 47.8 percent for the game snatched a 31-22 halftime lead thanks to 52.2 percent first-half shooting and Goldwire’s 10 points.

Goldwire canned 5-of-9 shots from the field and grabbed four rebounds to pace ECU at the break and Dodgion contributed eight points, including one trey, before intermission.

Clinging to an 8-7 advantage, the Lady Tigers went on a 9-0 run to go up 17-7 as Dodgion’s 3-pointer from the top of the key ignited the spurt.

The most exciting play of the spree came when Dodgion registered consecutive blocked shots just seconds apart and Kacey Thomas came up with a steal. Thomas then scored off a Dodgion pass from the high post, drew the foul and completed the old-fashioned 3-point play with a free throw. Rawls hit a 13-foot jumper with 12:00 left to round out the run.

Cameron got as close as 22-18 with 6:52 left in the half, but the Lady Tigers responded with a 9-4 run in the final 5:05 as Goldwire and Kalanoska hit back-to-back shots while Dodgion had a bucket and a pair of free throws during that stretch.

ECU also limited the Aggies to 27.6 percent shooting overall in the opening 20 minutes.

Cameron owned a 19-12 advantage on the boards in the first half, including nine on the offensive end.

The Lady Tigers’ next action is Saturday as they entertain Central Oklahoma at 2 p.m. on Wayne Cobb Court inside the Kerr Activities Center.