BUIES CREEK, N.C.-After closing out 2011 with a win in its Big South opener, Campbell takes on UNC Asheville to begin the New Year Monday in Gore Arena. Tipoff is slated for 5:15 p.m.
The Lady Camels, now 8-4 overall and 1-0 in Big South play, came away with a 62-52 win over defending conference champion Gardner-Webb on Friday night, as Tonisha Baker notched a game-high 18 points with five steals. Campbell led the Bulldogs by as many as 19 in the game.
Baker, a junior guard, leads the team with 13.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Jazmine Cooper and Katelyn Bass joined Baker in double figures with 12 points apiece Friday night, adding nine and seven rebounds, respectively. Cooper averages 10.5 points per game, while Bass chips in 9.8. Both register 5.8 rebounds per game this season.
Senior guard Kate Cloxton, who is climbing the CU record books in assists (376, 5th), three pointers made (128, tied-2nd), and three pointers attempted (382, 3rd), leads the team and ranks second in the Big South in assists at 5.3 per game.
The Lady Camels will look to start 2-0 in league play for the 13th time in school history (since 1986-87). Campbell last moved to 2-0 in conference play two seasons ago in 2009-10, also starting the year 8-4 overall.
UNC Asheville is 4-8 this season and 0-1 in Big South games following an 89-49 setback at High Point on New Year's Eve. Despite the loss, the Bulldogs have won two of their last three since dropping six in a row.
Shonese Jones leads four Bulldogs averaging double figures at 13.3 points per game. Lindsey Thompson and Brittany Gwyn add 11.5 and 11.2 points per game, while Kelli Riles posts 10.4 points a contest. Riles, a junior forward, also collects a Big South-leading 11.8 rebounds per game.
The Lady Camels and Asheville will be meeting for the 35th time in program history on Monday in a series dating back to 1980. Campbell holds the 27-7 all-time lead in the series, including a 13-2 record in Buies Creek. The Lady Camels won 20 straight games over the Bulldogs from 1984-93. In regular season meetings as Big South members from 1986-94, CU held a 15-1 advantage.
After Monday's contest, the Lady Camels will head back on the road, traveling to Radford on Jan. 7.