December 9, 2011

Women’s Basketball Begins Road Swing at UNCW Saturday

Game Notes: Campbell at UNCW

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell will play its first of four straight games away from Buies Creek on Saturday, traveling to longtime rival UNC Wilmington Saturday for a 2 p.m. tilt.

The Lady Camels are off to one of its best starts in program history after defeating Winston-Salem State 72-60 in their last outing. Campbell improved to 6-1 with a win, marking the sixth time in school history that a CU team has collected at least six wins in its first seven games, and the first since the 1985-86 season when the Lady Camels started 11-0.

The game was CU's first this season with four scoring in double figures, and the first since the Lady Camels defeated Lipscomb at home last year (Feb. 14, 2011).

Junior guard Tonisha Baker, who poured in 18 points, 10 assists, seven steals and six rebounds against WSSU, leads CU at 12.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Baker's 20 steals is also a team-high. Junior forward Jazmine Cooper adds 10.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while senior post Katelyn Bass tacks on 9.4 points and 6.3 boards a game.

The Lady Camels rank among the nation's leaders in several defensive categories, posting the country's 19th best scoring defense at 51.0 points allowed per game. Opponents are shooting just 31.9 percent from the field, good for 14th in the country, and just 21.0 percent from beyond the three point line, which ranks ninth. The Lady Camels are also 17th in blocked shots per game with 6.0.

The Lady Camels' 18.3 assists per game rank 14th in the country, paced by senior guard Kate Cloxton, who ranks 41st individually with 5.1 dimes per game. Cloxton has posted six or more assists in five of her seven outings this season.

UNCW is 3-4 on the season, coming off a 74-73 comeback win at Charlotte on Wednesday. The Seahawks closed the game on a 14-2 run, erasing an 11 point deficit to clip the 49ers. UNCW has won three of its last four after dropping its first three contests of the season.

Alisha Andrews, who posted a career-high 25 points at Charlotte, leads the Seahawks at 14.1 points per game, adding 5.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds an outing. Karneshia Garrett records 10.4 points and 7.6 boards, while Tawanna Lee notches 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. Jessica Freeman tacks on 7.6 points per game.

The most frequent rival in Campbell history, the Lady Camels and Seahawks will be meeting for the 46th time since their first matchup in 1974.

Last season, UNCW edged the Lady Camels 83-80 in Gore Arena. After leading by six points with under four minutes to go, the Seahawks saw their lead disappear with 47 seconds remaining when Monique Spry raced out for a transition layup. From there, however, UNCW posted four straight to sink the Lady Camels.

Campbell owns the 30-15 upper hand in the all-time series. In the Port City, Campbell is 13-9 against UNCW.

Next up for the Lady Camels will be a trip to Elon on Dec. 14, followed by their second regular season tournament with a trip to former conference foe Stetson on Dec. 20. Campbell returns home on Dec. 30 for its first Big South matchup, hosting Gardner-Webb.