Women’s Basketball Heads to Hatter Classic

Kate Cloxton (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Kate Cloxton (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

Game Notes: Campbell at Stetson Hatter Classic (Dec. 20-21)

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell will take part in its final regular season tournament, traveling to Stetson and DeLand, Fla. for the Hatter Classic, Tuesday, Dec. 20 and Wednesday, Dec. 21.

The Lady Camels, at 6-3 on the year, will take on their former conference rivals, Stetson, on Tuesday at 1 p.m. inside the Edmunds Center. CU will then face Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Campbell is coming off a pair of single digit losses at UNC Wilmington and Elon, 79-73 and 89-88, respectively. The two outings were two of Campbell's top scoring outputs of the season, with its 88 tallies at Elon being the season high. The Lady Camels' 73 points at UNCW stand as the third most this year.

Junior guard Tonisha Baker, who notched a season-high 25 points with nine rebounds at Elon, leads the Lady Camels on the season at 13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game, pacing CU in all three categories.

Forwards Jazmine Cooper and Katelyn Bass add 9.8 and 9.4 points per game, respectively, combining for 11.4 rebounds a contest. Senior guard Kate Cloxton collects a team-high 4.8 assists per game to go along with 5.6 points.

Roslyn Presley, a sophomore forward, leads the Lady Camel punch off the bench at 7.7 points per game, while Ashley James gathers 6.1 points a game.

Stetson is 9-3 on the year after a 69-54 win over A-Sun foe USC Upstate Saturday night. The Hatters have won three in a row following a 78-73 double overtime loss at Ball State on Dec. 4.

Victoria McGowan leads the Hatters on the season at 16.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while Shanasa Sanders gathers 15.2 points per game. Sasha Sims is a third Hatter averaging double figures with 10.2 points per game. Sims, a sophomore forward, also leads Stetson on the glass with 8.3 rebounds per game.

The Campbell-Stetson all-time series includes 34 meetings since 1991, with 33 of those coming in conference play from 1995 to 2011. The Lady Camels are 20-14 all-time against the Hatters, winning 14 consecutive meetings in Buies Creek.

In DeLand, like Tuesday's meeting, however, Campbell is 6-11, including last season's 81-67 loss to the eventual A-Sun Tournament champions. Campbell came away with the win in the teams' meeting in Buies Creek, as the Lady Camels posted a then-record 93 points to claim a 13-point victory.

B-CU is 1-7 so far this season, dropping seven in a row, including Friday's 72-67 setback at home to Louisiana-Lafayette. The Wildcats also suffered an 82-64 home loss to Stetson on Dec. 11.

The Wildcats are led by Jasmine Elum's 12.9 points per game, supplemented by 12.3 per game from Cleniece Roberts. Roberts also posts 7.7 rebounds per game, good for second on the team behind Demetria Frank's 9.0 per game. Frank also registers 10.7 points per game for B-CU.

The Lady Camels and Wildcats have met only once in program history, with the Bethune-Cookman taking the 82-63 win. That lone game came in 1984 when CU head coach Wanda Watkins was in just her third season as head coach.

After Hatter Classic play, the Lady Camels will return home, opening Big South play with Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30 in Gore Arena.