Women’s Hoops Downs Montreat in Opener 75-58

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Katelyn Bass poured in a career-high 18 points to lead Campbell in a 75-58 win over Montreat Saturday in Gore Arena.

The Lady Camels move to 1-0 on the season, while Montreat suffers its first loss of the year, falling to 2-1 in the early going. Campbell is now 18-5 all-time when opening the season at home.

Campbell tied a program record with nine blocked shots, knotting a school mark that dates back to Jan. 17, 1979, when the Lady Camels defeated North Carolina Central 98-79 in Buies Creek.

The Lady Camels shot nearly 45 percent and outrebounded the Cavaliers 54-32 on the night. Campbell posted a 42-28 advantage in points in the paint, gathered 27 points off Montreat turnovers and tallied 17 second chance points in the win.

Bass, a senior forward, was 7-for-9 from the floor and added four rebounds in the win. Sophomore forward Roslyn Presley also scored a career high 14 points with four boards, while junior guard Tonisha Baker tallied 13 to go along with seven rebounds and two steals.

Senior guard Kate Cloxton added eight points and six assists. Jazmine Cooper and Ashley James each posted six points, tacking on eight and seven rebounds, respectively.  Freshman guard Kiera Gaines paced the Lady Camels on the glass with nine boards in her debut, adding two points and a pair of blocks.

Senior guard Mykela Russell led Montreat with 17 points, five assists and five steals, while Ebony Battle, another senior guard, chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds. Kaitlyn Clontz, a sophomore guard, added seven points for the Cavaliers.

The Lady Camels raced out to a 16 point advantage midway through the first when Presley's second free throw fell through, giving CU a 23-7 lead.

After leading by as many as 19 in the half, Montreat cut the Campbell lead down to 11 at 39-28 by the end of the frame, outscoring the Lady Camels 14-6 over the final 5:25 of the first.

The Cavaliers continued to chip away early in the second stanza, slicing the lead down to 47-38 with a pair of free throws from Hannah Kolbeck.

A 10-1 Campbell spurt over the next four minutes capped by a Presley 18-foot baseline jumper, silenced the Montreat run and put the Lady Camels back on top 57-39 with 10:40 to play.

The Campbell lead swelled to as many as 23 in the half before the Lady Camels took away the 75-58 win.

Campbell will be back in action on Thursday, Nov. 17 in Durham, N.C., making its road debut at North Carolina Central.