December 21, 2011

Lady Camels Down Bethune-Cookman in Hatter Classic 62-46

DELAND, FLA.-Jazmine Cooper matched a season-high with 15 points and Campbell limited Bethune-Cookman to just 25 percent shooting to take a 62-46 win on the final day of the Stetson Hatter Classic in the Edmunds Center.

The Lady Camels improve to 7-4 on the season, completing the nonconference portion of their 2011-12 season. Bethune-Cookman falls to 1-9 with the loss. The win gives Campbell seven wins before Christmas for the first time since 1990-91, who were 8-3 before Dec. 25.

Cooper, who added three boards and a pair of steals in the win, was named to the Hatter All-Classic team, averaging 13.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in two outings in DeLand.

Sophomore forward Roslyn Presley, making her first career start, joined Cooper in double figures with 13 points to go along with a career-best eight rebounds. Senior forward Katelyn Bass added nine points and five boards, while Kate Cloxton, a senior guard, posted seven points and eight assists.

Junior guard Tonisha Baker tacked on seven assists for the Lady Camels, who registered 19 assists as a unit on 23 field goals. Baker also collected seven rebounds in the win. Sophomore forward Ashley James came off the bench for five points and five rebounds.

Whitney King paced the Wildcats with 14 points, including 13 in the first half, knocking down three buckets from beyond the arc. Jasmine Elum gathered 12 points, while Demetria Frank tallied six in the loss. Frank also posted a team-high six rebounds for B-CU.

Bethune-Cookman's 25 percent rate from the floor marks the second time this season the Lady Camels have held an opponent below 30 percent shooting, and is surpassed only by Longood's 22 percents effort earlier this season in Buies Creek.

The Lady Camels quickly built a 6-0 lead on baskets from Cooper, Presley and Bass before the Wildcats got on the board at the 16:34 mark in the first half. Cooper's layup with 15:45 to go in the half gave the Lady Camels an eight point lead.

Still holding an eight-point advantage with 5:55 to go in the first, Cloxton's personal five-point run pushed the Campbell lead into double figures for the first time at 25-14.

The Lady Camels led by as many as 15 before the halftime break, with James' layup at the 1:41 mark giving CU a 32-17 lead. Campbell held a 32-19 after one half of play, shooting 50 percent (12-24) as a team in the first.

Out of the break, Elum's three knocked the CU lead down to 10, but the Lady Camels responded with an 8-0 run, capped by Bass' layup with 16:03 to play.

An 8-0 run from the Wildcats brought the game back to a 10 point difference before the Lady Camels pushed the lead back to 15. Bethune-Cookman would cut the Campbell advantage down to 10 once more in the contest, as Elum's jumper with 5:05 remaining sliced the lead to 52-42.

Campbell, however, ended the game on a 10-4 run, holding Bethune-Cookman scoreless over the final 3:13 to close out the Wildcats by a 62-46 final score.

After the Christmas break, the Lady Camels will dive into Big South play, host Gardner-Webb on Dec. 30.