Lady Camels Head to NC Central in First Road Test Thursday
BUIES CREEK, N.C.-After notching a win in its season opener on Saturday, Campbell will take on its first road test on Thursday at North Carolina Central in Durham, N.C. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. inside McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.
The Lady Camels started 1-0 with a 75-58 win over Montreat in Buies Creek on Saturday. Senior forward Katelyn Bass poured in a career-high 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, adding four rebounds.
"I thought it was a good team effort," said head coach Wanda Watkins. "We were able to put a lot of combinations on the floor, and it taught us some things about ourselves, showing us some positives and some things we need to work on. It was certainly good to get a win at home in our first game of the season."
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.
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.
NCCU is 0-2 on the season, falling 62-49 to Western Carolina in its season and home opener before dropping a 73-58 decision at Wofford on Monday.
"NC Central is athletic, quick, aggressive and scrappy," said Watkins. "Their size and athleticism is good, and they play up-tempo and in transition. Our team will have to be prepared for that in our first road test of the season."
Redshirt junior forward Chasidy Williams leads the Eagles with 19.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, shooting 60.9 percent from the floor. Jasmine Alston adds 7.0 points per game, while Alesha Jenkins tacks on 6.5 points. Senior guard Blaire Houston also gathers 5.0 points and 4.5 boards a contest for NCCU.
The Lady Camels own a 9-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Eagles dating back to 1976. The teams played nine times between 1976 and 1980 with Campbell holding a 6-2 edge. The series was then put on hiatus until the Lady Camels won in Durham two seasons ago (11/18/09, W 79-63). Campbell again downed NC Central last season at home, 67-61 (12/14/10).
After the trip to Durham Campbell will return home, hosting Western Carolina at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.