Cameron goes crazy in fourth, wills Golden Eagles to 20th win of season

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On the back of 18 fourth-quarter points from sophomore Baily Cameron, the No. 17 John Brown University women's basketball team overcame an abysmal shooting performance through the first three quarters to wrap up a pair of impressive achievements in a 62-52 win over Science & Arts (Okla.) on Saturday (Feb. 18) afternoon inside Bill George Arena.

With the win, the Golden Eagles guarantee themselves home-court advantage in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals on Feb. 28 by virtue of locking up at least the third seed. With Texas Wesleyan's upset of Wayland Baptist (Texas) this afternoon, John Brown will still have a mathematical chance to move into the second slot after the regular season finale on Saturday (Feb. 25).

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"We just didn't shoot the ball well, like there was a lid on the bucket," admitted head coach Jeff Soderquist. "I thought we had good looks all game, but we had to remind ourselves to keep shooting and eventually the shots would fall.

Through the first three quarters, the Golden Eagles (20-7, 12-4 Sooner Athletic) shot just 31.9 percent from the floor (14-of-44) and faced a deficit as high as 10 midway through the third period.

Enter Cameron's heroics and a 66.7 percent team shooting clip in the pivotal frame.

Cameron shot 7-of-8 from the field and hit 2-of-3 from long range over the final 10 minutes of play, scoring 18 of her game-high 25 points, 23 of which came in the second half, fueling a 28-10 fourth-quarter run that catapulted JBU to its fifth-ever 20-win season.

"(Bailey) has been carrying the load for us for a while now," added Soderquist. "We need to get back to getting a lot of people scoring. But for the last two or three weeks, she has stepped up and has done a good job for us."

Over her last six outings, Cameron has averaged 21.2 points per game 8.2 rebounds per game.

Even the Golden Eagles free-throw shooting was off as the hosts converted just 6-of-13 from the stripe. But big plays, like timely triples in the last quarter from senior Kodee Powell and freshman Jordan Martin, provided JBU just enough to build a 10-point lead with 66 seconds left to play.

"It's hard to come in as a transfer and have a lot of responsibility put on your shoulders," Soderquist noted of Powell's play. "Kodee has done an outstanding job doing that for us. She's having a great senior year. I reminded her after the game that I'm not done with her yet. We have plenty of games left to play."

Martin quietly came close to her first-career double-double with nine points and nine boards while Powell struggled through a 3-of-10 shooting afternoon but finished with eight points and three assists. Junior Jana Schammel again came off the bench to provide life in the JBU attack, to the tune of six points and a team-best four dimes.

Darian Hill hit four triples for the Drovers and posted 14 points while Kenzie Bean added 13. The duo each corralled five caroms apiece. Dierra Ely scored 10 and snagged six rebounds while Shaylynn Bass contributed a game-best 10 rebounds.

The possession battle was nearly identical as the visitors held a 61-59 shooting attempt advantage while John Brown earned a 41-40 advantage on the glass and a 16-15 turnover margin.

The Golden Eagles now progress into the final week of the regular season and will host Texas Wesleyan at 6 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 23) before traveling to Bethany, Okla. to take on Southwestern Christian on Saturday.

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