Women’s Basketball Downs NC Central 59-41

Jazmine Cooper (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Jazmine Cooper (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

DURHAM, N.C.-Campbell used a 14-0 second half run to pull away from North Carolina Central and take a 59-41 road win Thursday night in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.

Campbell improves to 2-0 on the season, while NCCU drops to 0-2. The 2-0 start is Campbell's first since the 1999-2000 season.

Junior forward Jazmine Cooper led the way with 14 points and five rebounds, adding a pair of blocks in the win. Tonisha Baker, a junior guard, tacked on 13 points with five rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Katelyn Bass and Ashley James each gathered eight points with Bass pulling down six boards. Freshman guard Kiera Gaines also collected four points, four rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Amanda O'Neill added five steals.

Blaire Houston led NCCU with 12 points, going 9-for-12 at the free throw line. Chasidy Williams added 10 points, four rebounds and four steals in the loss. Tenika Neely also posted six points and a pair of rebounds for the Eagles.

Tied at 6-all, the Lady Camels posted a 6-1 spurt, capped by a Baker fast break layup with 11:43 on the clock.

Up 16-12 with just over five minutes to go in the first, Campbell closed out the half with an 11-3 run, led by four points apiece from Bass and Cooper, giving CU a 27-15 advantage at the break.

Campbell held the Eagles to just 3-of-25 (.120) shooting in the opening frame, and converted 16 turnovers into 15 points.

After the break, the Eagles cut the lead to eight at the 13:37 mark on a Neely bucket. The Lady Camels then reeled off a 14-0 run sparked by a Bass jumper. James capped the decisive run with a pair of free throws with 10:28 to play, giving Campbell a 51-29 lead.

Campbell forced another 15 turnovers in the second, totaling 31 in the contest and converted the NCCU miscues into 32 points.

The Lady Camels will return home on Saturday, taking on Western Carolina at 1 p.m. in Gore Arena.