DELAND, FLA.-Stetson closed on an 11-0 run to close out Campbell 70-55 in the Hatter Classic opener Tuesday afternoon inside the Edmunds Center.
Stetson moves to 10-3 on the season, while Campbell falls to 6-4 overall. The Lady Camels still lead the all-time series 20-15 over the Hatters. The former Atlantic Sun rivals were playing for just the second time as nonconference opponents, the first being in 1991.
Facing a 32-28 deficit at the break, Campbell clawed back, slicing the Hatter lead to two at 34-32 on a Katelyn Bass jumper.
After the Hatter lead swelled up to eight on a Jazmin Garcia layup, Kate Cloxton answered for the Lady Camels, nailing a three pointer as she was fouled. Cloxton's free throw completed the four-point play for the senior guard, bringing the Lady Camels within four at 41-37 with 14:54 to play.
Stetson, however, responded with a 16-9 spurt, capped by Victoria McGowan's three at the 7:33 mark to give the Hatters an 11-point cushion.
Fighting back, the Lady Camels chipped away at the Hatter lead, converting nine of the game's next 13, sparked by Kiera Gaines' spinning lay-in. The run was capped by a 5-0 CU run that included a jumper from Tonisha Baker as the Campbell shot clock expired and another three from Cloxton. Cloxton's long-range bucket cut the SU lead to 61-55 with 2:41 to play.
That basket would be the final for the Lady Camels, however, who saw Stetson post an 11-0 run over the final 2:24, and come away with the 70-55 win.
Shanasa Sanders paced the Hatters with a game-high 18 points, adding five assists. McGowan added 14 points and five assists in the win, while Cherisse Burris reeled off 10 points and four rebounds.
Garcia finished with eight points off the bench, while Sasha Sims and C.J. Coddlington added seven points apiece. Sims gathered a game-high 13 boards.
Senior forward Katelyn Bass led the Lady Camels with 12 points, while junior post Jazmine Cooper tallied 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Cloxton recorded 10 points, all coming in the second half, adding six assists. The senior guard has registered at least six assists in six games this season.
Campbell will return to action in the Hatter Classic tomorrow, taking on Bethune-Cookman at 1 p.m. The Wildcats take on Florida Atlantic in Tuesday's tournament finale.