November 23, 2011

Women’s Hoops Heads to Georgia State Thanksgiving Classic

Game Notes: Campbell at GSU Thanksgiving Classic

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell will leave its home state for the first time this season, traveling to the Georgia State Starwood Hotels of Atlanta Thanksgiving Classic this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26, taking on Eastern Kentucky and the host Panthers.

Campbell will meet Georgia State on Friday at 2 p.m., facing EKU on Saturday at 2 p.m. inside the GSU Sports Arena.

The Lady Camels remained unbeaten and moved to 4-0 with a 48-33 win over Longwood on Tuesday, securing their best start since the 1985-86 season. Campbell has allowed the second-fewest points through four games in program history, surrendering just 175 tallies to date. The 1973-74 squad is the only CU team in history to allow fewer points, yielding just 147.

The 33 points allowed to Longwood is a Gore Arena record, and the least allowed by a Lady Camel team since Nov. 30, 1997, when CU defeated St. Andrews 82-31 in Carter Gymnasium.

Campbell has wins of 18, 17, 16 and 15 points this season, owning a 16.5 margin of victory. That margin is also the second-largest in program history through four games, trailing only the 1981-82 Lady Camels. That season, the first under head coach Wanda Watkins, outscored opponents 362-265 for an average of 24.3 points per game.

Junior guard Tonisha Baker leads Campbell with team-highs of 11.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The High Point, N.C. native posted the first double-double by a Lady Camel this season in CU's win over Longwood Tuesday, gathering 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior forward Katelyn Bass adds 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while junior post Jazmine Cooper tacks on 9.8 points and 4.8 boards a contest.

GSU is 0-2 on the year after losses to Arizona and Florida State. Kendra Long leads the Panthers on the year at 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Chan Harris also posts 10.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Tiffany Anderson and Sade Means collect 9.0 and 8.5 points per game.

Georgia State, a former Atlantic Sun Conference rival, owns the edge in the all-time series 13-11. The teams decided two A-Sun Tournament titles in their series history, with Campbell winning the 2000 and GSU taking the 2001 titles.

EKU is 1-2 after picking up its first win of the season at Western Michigan. Raechele Gray leads the Colonels at 12.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Carla Booth follows with 10.3 points per game, while Alex Jones and Brittany Coles add 9.0 per contest.

The meeting will be the first ever between EKU and the Lady Camels.

After GSU Thanksgiving Classic play, the Lady Camels will return home to take on Winston-Salem State. The game will part of Campbell University Education Day, treating area fifth graders to the contest, which will feature an 11:45 a.m. tip.