January 2, 2012

Lady Camels Set Three-Point Record in Win over Asheville 82-62

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell knocked down a school record 13 three pointers and tied another single game mark with nine blocks to race past UNC Asheville 82-62 Monday night in Big South play at Gore Arena.

Campbell improves to 9-4 overall and 2-0 in Big South games, while Asheville falls 4-9 on the season and 0-2 in league play. The Lady Camels now lead the all-time series 28-7 against the Bulldogs, dating back to 1980. With the win, Campbell is also 18-1 all-time against Asheville in Big South games.

The Lady Camels' 13 threes breaks the previous school mark of 12, which the team hit twice in program history (vs. Georgia State March 2, 1995 and at Appalachian State on Dec. 20, 1999). Campbell also tied the school blocks record for the third time this season, also recording nine denials against Montreat and Western Carolina.

Senior guard Kate Cloxton paced the Lady Camels with 20 points and four assists, notching her third career 20-point outing. Junior guard Tonisha Baker followed with 12 points and seven rebounds with five assists. Jessica Moore, a sophomore guard, posted 12 points, a career-high, going 4-for-4 from three point range. 

Jazmine Cooper and Amanda O'Neill each added nine points and five boards, with O'Neill, a senior guard, tacking on career-bests of eight assists and five steals. Senior post Katelyn Bass also registered six points and five rebounds in the win.

Shonese Jones led Asheville with 24 points, including 20 in the second half alone, adding five rebounds. Leah Wormack joined Jones in double figures with 10 points, also collecting a game-high nine rebounds. Lindsey Thompson and Tacey Trammell each gathered eight points.

After giving up the opening bucket, the Lady Camels fired off 10-straight points, going ahead 10-2 when Baker drained a three at the 16:40 mark.

With the lead down to three with 13:44 on the clock in the first, Roslyn Presley's jumper sparked a 15-0 Campbell run, limiting Asheville to 0-of-7 shooting and three turnovers over 4:31, taking a 29-11 lead.

Still leading 34-17 at the 4:31 mark after Wormack's bucket, Cloxton drained the seventh of eight first half threes for the Lady Camels. Bass' three with 2:02 to go in the first extended the CU lead to 22 at 43-21, matching the team's largest of the night, before taking a 43-23 lead into the half.

The Lady Camels were 17-of-31 from the floor in the first half (54.8 percent), while knocking down 8-of-11 three point baskets (72.7 percent).

Still holding a 22 point lead at 64-42 with 11:53 to play after another Moore triple, the Bulldogs closed the gap to 13 with a 14-5 spurt, capped by a Trammell jumper at the 6:57 mark.

Four-straight Campbell basketball, however, quieted the Asheville run, as the Lady Camels took the 82-62 win.

The Lady Camels will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 7, traveling to Radford to begin a three game road stand.