Lady Camel Comeback Falls Short at UNCW 79-73

Tonisha Baker (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Tonisha Baker (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

WILMINGTON, N.C.-Campbell erased a 17-point first half deficit to pull within four in the final frame, but fell 79-73 Saturday afternoon at UNC Wilmington in Trask Coliseum.

UNCW pulls even at 4-4 on the season while Campbell falls to 6-2 overall.

After the half, Campbell's 13-4 run trimmed the UNCW lead down to five at 50-45 on a Roslyn Presley putback off a missed free throw with 14:16 to play.

The Seahawks pushed back, however, extending their lead back to double digits on an Alisha Andrews pair from the free throw line. That advantage swelled to 13 when Kameshia Garrett drained another two from the line at 62-49 with 9:21 remaining.

A 10-4 CU spurt again cut the UNCW lead to single digits, with an Ashley James layup slicing the score to 66-59 at the 3:03 mark. The Lady Camel run lengthened to 20-11 with 20 seconds remaining, pulling within four at 73-69.

Within the final 20 seconds of play, however, UNCW connected on all six of their free throw attempts, preserving a 79-73 win.

UNCW shot just 18.2 percent in the second half, going 4-for-22 from the field, but converted 24 of their 32 attempts from the charity stripe.

The Lady Camels began the game with a quick 5-0 spurt, forcing a UNCW timeout just 2:29 into the contest. With the Seahawks still trailing 13-10 at the 13:54 mark, UNCW reeled off a 15-1 run, sparked by a Karneshia Garrett bucket.

UNCW took a 46-31 lead into the break after shooting 54 percent from the floor and forcing 13 Lady Camel turnovers.

Andrews paced UNCW with a game-high 18 points, adding eight assists, while Tawanna Lee followed with 17 tallies. Jessica Freeman recorded 12 points, with Ayoola Weaver leading the Seahawks on the glass with 14 rebounds. Garrett notched a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Junior guard Tonisha Baker led Campbell with 14 points, scoring 12 in the second half to head the Lady Camel comeback. Baker added nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. Ashley James, a sophomore forward, also notched 14 points, a career high.

Freshman guard Kiera Gaines also registered a career-high with 13 points, tacking on seven rebounds. Senior guard Amanda O'Neill recorded a season-high 11 points, while Katelyn Bass, a senior forward, pitched in nine points and eight boards.

The Lady Camels will continue their four game road swing at Elon on Wednesday, Dec. 14.