February 23, 2011

Women's Basketball Hosts ETSU Thursday

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Vying for position in next week's Atlantic Sun Tournament, Campbell will take on East Tennessee State in a 5:15 p.m. contest Thursday inside the Pope Center.

The Lady Camels (11-16, 10-8 A-Sun) are currently locked into the fourth seed of the eight-team tourney in Macon, Ga., but could finish as high as second with just two regular season contests remaining. ETSU (18-10, 15-4 A-Sun) have already clinched the top seed, while Jacksonville has claimed the fifth spot.

Stetson and North Florida are the other two teams battling with the Lady Camels in the two, three, and fourth positions.

On Saturday Campbell posted one of its best defensive performances of the season, holding a potent Florida Gulf Coast offense well under its season average in points, but falling 60-51 in Ft. Myers, Fla. The Lady Camels held the Eagles to just 19 second half points, as FGCU went scoreless for 7:51 in the final frame. CU also denied FGCU a field goal in the game's final 3:04, but shot 27.6 percent from the floor and could not overcome the deficit.

Tonisha Baker paced Campbell with 18 points and seven rebounds. The sophomore guard, who leads the Lady Camels on the season at 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, posted her top offensive performance since registering 19 at UNF on Jan. 29. Baker has gathered at least seven rebounds in eight straight games.

Monique Spry also tallied 11 points off the bench, while Jazmine Cooper earned her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Camels. Cooper is averaging 9.6 points and 6.0 boards per game, while Spry notches 8.0 points a contest. Senior forward Lauren Yesh, who can tie Janice Washington's (1996-01) all-time appearances record of 119 over the weekend, adds 8.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for Campbell.

ETSU comes into Buies Creek on a four game winning streak after defeating Belmont 90-86 in double overtime in Nashville, Tenn. Monday night. The Buccaneers have won 10 of their last 11 outings and 12 of their last 14, coming into Thursday's meeting.

Tara Davis leads the Bucs at 15.5 points and 4.8 assists per game, while Natalie Pickwell adds 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds on the year. Destiny Mitchell has averaged 14.5 points and 9.0 boards a game for ETSU, but has missed the last three contests due to injury.

In the pair's last meeting, ETSU topped the Lady Camels 76-61 in Johnson City, Tenn. as Davis and Pickwell combined for 39 points. Davis tallied a game-high 21 points while Pickwell nailed six three pointers for 18. Junior guard Kate Cloxton paced Campbell with 16 points, while Cooper and Yesh recorded 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Buccaneers hold a decisive 11-0 record all-time vs. the Lady Camels in a series dating back to 2006, when ETSU joined the A-Sun. Campbell is 0-5 against ETSU at home.

After facing the Buccaneers, a final regular season game remains for the Lady Camels, as Campbell will host USC Upstate on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.