February 25, 2011

Baker's Near Triple-Double Leads Women's Basketball Past ETSU, 60-57

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Tonisha Baker and Lauren Yesh combined for 22 of their 26 points in the second half to power Campbell past East Tennessee State 60-57 Thursday night inside the Pope Center.

The Lady Camels improve to 12-16 on the season and 11-8 in Atlantic Sun play, while ETSU falls to 18-11 overall and 15-5 in conference games, snapping a four-game win streak. The win was Campbell's first in 12 chances over the Buccaneers, dating back to 2006, when ETSU joined the A-Sun. The Lady Camels' 11 A-Sun wins is the most for the program since 2001-02.

Down 25-19 at the half after shooting 25 percent in the first frame, the Lady Camels closed the ETSU lead to three at 32-29 with 16:09 on the clock when Tonisha Baker drained a jumper. The Bucs answered with a 10-5 run, however, pushing the lead to eight at the 11:33 mark on a Jasmine McIntosh basket.

Over the next 4:34, the Lady Camels posted a 4-for-10 clip from the field that included a Roslyn Presley and-one, bringing CU within three again at 46-43.

After Gwen Washington put the Buccaneers back up seven at 54-47 with a pair of free throws, buckets from Presley and Baker brought the Lady Camels within three for the third time in the half with 4:37 to play.

With 1:44 remaining and down four, Baker picked off an ETSU pass and took it coast to coast for a lay-in. Baker then drove for another lay-in on the Lady Camels' next possession to knot the game at 57-all with 1:05 remaining.

With 36 seconds to go, Amanda O'Neill picked up a steal, forcing ETSU to foul. O'Neill connected on the second of two free throws, giving Campbell its first lead since 2-0 at 18:29 in the first half.

After another ETSU miss, Baker pulled down the rebound and was fouled. The High Point, N.C. native nailed both attempts, putting the Lady Camels up 60-57 with 10 seconds to play.

With five seconds to go, ETSU tried a three for the tie, but failed, as Jazmine Cooper pulled down the board, sealing the 60-57 win for the Lady Camels.

Campbell began the game shooting 2-24 in the first half, going over 10 minutes (15:37-5:20) without any points. The Lady Camels were down 19-4 at that point, when Jessica Moore buried a trey. That basket was the first of three straight for the Lady Camels, who pulled within four, but trailed 25-19 at the half.

Baker paced the Lady Camels with a game-high 16 points, adding nine rebounds and a career-high nine assists, narrowly missing a triple double. Cooper tacked on 12 points and 12 rebounds, her third double-double of the season. The Fayetteville, N.C. native has scored in double figures in each of her last eight games.

Yesh tallied 10 points and eight rebounds, while Presley posted six points and a pair of rebounds in five minutes of action off the bench.

Shawn Randall led four Buccaneers in double figures with 12 points, while Gwen Washington and Jasmine McIntosh registered 11 each. Tara Davis added 10 points and Natalie Pickwell posted seven in the loss for ETSU.

The Lady Camels will wrap up the regular season Saturday at home, hosting USC Upstate at 1 p.m.