March 6, 2009

Belmont Eliminates Women's Basketball, 67-52

NASHVILLE, TENN.-Belmont converted 22 points off 20 Campbell turnovers and collected 19 second chance points as the Bruins eliminated the Lady Camels, 67-52 in the quarterfinal round of the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun women's basketball tournament inside Allen Arena.

The sixth seeded Lady Camels end their season at 12-18, while the No. 3 Bruins improve to an 18-12 mark.

Freshman guard Kate Cloxton led the way for the Lady Camels with 11 points that included three made shots from distance, while junior forward Geami Britt tallied nine points and three rebounds on the night.

Sophomore forward Lauren Yesh and freshman guard Amanda O'Neill added seven points each in the loss. Yesh also notched seven rebounds while O'Neill collected three boards. Junior guard Lynisha Ochogu also grabbed six points and five rebounds, with senior guard Lauren Arthur recording five points, all from the charity stripe.

Belmont, who registered five player in double figures on the night, was led by senior center Jessica Bobbitt's double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. The first team all-conference performer added three steals and three assists in the win.

Junior guard LaWanna Holiday also notched 12 points, adding four steals, while Tereva Moore, Kristin Bunch and Amber Rockwell all tallied 10 points. Freshman forward Haley Nelson also chipped in seven points for the Bruins.

Campbell opened the game on a 5-0 spurt, as a Britt jumper and an O'Neill three found the bottom of the net. Belmont would take the lead, however, at the 15:50 mark, as a Bobbitt score lifted the Bruins to a 6-5 advantage.

With 10:40 remaining the Bruins had extended the game to nine, at 16-7, but an 11-3 Campbell run brought the game back to one with 4:19 remaining, capped off when a Gara Bell offensive rebound gave the Lady Camels a second chance, freeing Ochogu for two.

With time ticking down, Belmont owned a 29-23 lead, but a Kate Cloxton three-pointer at the horn pulled the Lady Camels back within three.

Opening the half with a 25-11 run, Belmont thrived on a Campbell field goal drought of over eight minutes, as six free throw shots were the only form of offense from 12:42 until a Katelyn Bass lay-in at the 5:00 minute mark cut the contest to a 55-42 score. After a Cloxton steal, Britt drilled another bucket, continuing to shave the Bruin lead.

With 1:13 remaining, the Lady Camels continued to linger, as another Cloxton three brought the score to 61-52. The basket would be the last for the Lady Camels, as Belmont took the contest 67-52, despite an eight minute field goal drought to end the game.

Belmont will go on to play Jacksonville tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. CST.