Women’s Basketball Hosts Western Carolina Saturday

Ashley James (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Ashley James (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

Game Notes: Campbell vs. Western Carolina

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Unbeaten Campbell returns home on Saturday, hosting in-state rival Western Carolina in Gore Arena at 1 p.m.

The Lady Camels are 2-0 in the early going after a 59-41 win in their road debut Thursday at North Carolina Central. Campbell used a 14-0 second half run to pull away from the Eagles, notching the program's first 2-0 start 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.

Baker and Bass are both averaging 13.0 points per game to lead the Lady Camels, while Cooper adds 10.0 a game. Cooper and Gaines lead CU on the glass with a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game.

Western Carolina is off to a 3-0 start after wins over NC Central, Charleston Southern and UNC Asheville. Kaila'She Menendez leads the Catamounts at 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Rena Wakama and Caitlin Hollifield add 11.0 and 10. points per game, respectively, with Hollifield tacking on a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game.

WCU leads the all-time series 10-2 over the Lady Camels, but the teams have not met since the 2003-04 season. Campbell is 1-4 against the Catamounts in Buies Creek.

After facing the Catamounts, Campbell will host Longwood on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m.