Lady Camels Top Western Carolina 59-43

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

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Jazmine Cooper led three Lady Camels in double figures and Campbell used a 12-0 second half run to down visiting Western Carolina 59-43 in nonconference women's basketball action Saturday in Gore Arena.

Campbell improves to 3-0 on the year, the program's best start since the 1999-2000 season. WCU, meanwhile, falls to 3-1.

Campbell recorded nine blocks as a team for the second time in three games this season, again tying the school single-game record. The Lady Camels posted nine rejections on Nov. 12 in a win over Montreat, the first time the program registered that many blocks since 1979.

Holding on to a 40-34 lead with 11:46 to go in the game, Amanda O'Neill corralled an offensive board and put it back for two. The lay-in sparked a 12-0 run for the Lady Camels over four minutes that included treys from Tonisha Baker and Kate Cloxton, going up 54-34 with 4:14 on the clock.

The Catamounts managed just nine points, compared to 19 for the Lady Camels, over the final 11:46, as Campbell took the 59-43 win.

Campbell forced 11 WCU turnovers in the opening half, committing only two. Tied at 24-all with 1:14 remaining, a Cloxton three and a Bass layup to close the frame gave the Lady Camels a 29-24 advantage at the break.

Cooper, a junior forward, posted 15 points, one shy of her career high, adding three rebounds. The Fayetteville, N.C. native added a career-best three blocks in the win with three steals. Seniors Katelyn Bass and Kate Cloxton both collected 10 points, tacking on seven rebounds and eight assists, respectively. Bass also tallied a pair of blocks.

Baker, a junior guard, grabbed seven points, six rebounds and four assists, while freshman guard Kiera Gaines ended the day with five points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Kaila'Shea Menendez led WCU with nine points and four rebounds, while Crystal Riley registered seven points. Caitlin Hollifield and Kristem Lyon notched six points each. Hollifield and Janae' McKinney both grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

The Lady Camels will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 22, hosting Longwood at 3 p.m. All Campbell University faculty and staff are invited to attend the game free of charge as part of CU Staff Appreciation Day.