Elon Edges Women’s Basketball 89-88

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

ELON, N.C.-Despite Tonisha Baker's season-high 25 points, Elon edged Campbell 89-88 on the road in nonconference women's basketball action Wednesday night inside Alumni Gym.

Elon moves to 4-4 on the season while Campbell dips to 6-3 overall.

After Elon led by 10 at 87-77 with 3:05 to go in the game, Campbell rallied with nine straight, capped by a Baker bucket with 1:10 to go.

With just 41 seconds to play, Kelsey Evans' jumper in the lane put Elon up 89-86. After a pair of CU misfires, Amanda O'Neill's layup knocked the Elon lead down to 89-88 with 6 seconds remaining. After a quick foul, Elon missed the front end of a 1-and-1, but Campbell's half-court attempt fell short, giving the Phoenix the 89-88 win.

Kelsey Evans and Ali Ford paced Elon with 21 points apiece. Sam Coffer, Zora Stephenson, Aiesha Harper, Kelsey Harris and Lei Lei Hairston each gathered eight points for the Phoenix. Evans paced the Phoenix on the glass with nine rebounds. Harper added seven assists.

Baker's 25, a season-best, came on 8-for-18 shooting, knocking down a pair of threes and draining 7-of-11 from the charity stripe. The junior guard added nine rebounds and a pair of steals in the narrow loss.

Ashley James and Jazmine Cooper each added 12 points for the Lady Camels, with Kate Cloxton posting 11 and Katelyn Bass notching 10. Cooper tacked on a season-high 10 rebounds to complete her first double-double of the season, while Amanda O'Neill chipped in eight points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Tied at 12 in the first, a 7-2 Elon run forced a CU timeout at the 11:32 mark. The Lady Camels, however, answered with an 11-6 spurt, tying the game at 25 on Jessica Moore's floater.

From there, the Phoenix posted a 19-7 run as the Lady Camels suffered almost a five minute drought without a field goal. Elon took a 44-34 lead into the half. Elon led by as many as 12 in the first half.

With Elon leading 52-42, the Lady Camels again answered, pulling off a 7-0 run to narrow the Elon lead down to 52-49 with 15:27 on the clock on an Ashley James layup.

With 11:54 remaining, Kate Cloxton's completed the CU comeback, giving the Lady Camels the lead for the first time in the half, 58-56, bookending a 16-4 Campbell surge.

With 10:45 to go in the game, Jazmine Cooper gave the Lady Camels the lead for the final time, knocking down a jumper for a 62-61 advantage.

A 23-15 Phoenix run over the next 7:40, though, put Elon ahead 87-77, and gave the Lady Camels a 10-point hole with just 3:05 to play.

Campbell made and attempted season-highs in both free throws (26) and free throws attempted (36), surpassing the previous highs of 15 (vs. Eastern Kentucky) and 24 (Montreat). The Lady Camels posted 50 rebounds for the fifth time this season. Campbell's 88 points mark a season-high.

The Lady Camels will be back in action next Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 20-21, in DeLand, Fla., taking on former Atlantic Sun rival Stetson and Bethune-Cookman in the Hatter Classic.