January 14, 2012

Comeback Falls Short for Lady Camels at High Point 77-65

HIGH POINT, N.C.-Shamia Brown scored a game-high 25 points to push High Point past visiting Campbell 77-65 Saturday afternoon in Big South women's basketball action at the Millis Center.

HPU improves to 10-6 overall and 5-0 in Big South play with the win, while the Lady Camels dip to 9-7 on the season and 2-3 in conference games.

Shamia Brown led the Panthers with 25 points, adding five rebounds. Erin Reynolds notched 15 points and six assists, while Cheyenne Parker tallied 12 points and 14 rebounds. Laura Whitt and Lindsay Puckett both collected nine points in the win. Taylor Tremblay also notched eight assists to go along with six rebounds and five points.

Junior forward Jazmine Cooper led Campbell with 17 points and 11 rebounds in her second double-double of the season and seventh of her career. Tonisha Baker, a junior guard, poured in 16 points with six rebounds.

High Point stretched its lead to 17 on a Cheyenne Parker jumper at the 11:20 mark, and went ahead by 18, 63-45, with 7:46 remaining on a Shamia Brown free throw.

Tonisha Baker then followed with a three from the right wing, kick-starting a 12-1 run for the Lady Camels, which included a 10-0 spurt. Jazmine Cooper's layup with 4:12 remaining cut the HPU lead to seven, at 64-57.

Parker's bucket and-one, however, halted the Campbell run and gave the Panthers back a double figure lead.

With 2:10 to go, Cooper's layup cut the HPU lead to single digits for the final time at 70-61, breaking up back-to-back threes for Erin Reynolds.

High Point hit four of its last five shots in the remaining two minutes, notching a 77-65 win.

Campbell opened the game with an 11-9 lead after both Kate Cloxton and Tonisha Baker both nailed early threes. The Panthers, however, posted an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to give High Point a 20-13 advantage with 12:38 on the clock.

An 8-4 spurt sparked by Baker pulled the Lady Camels within three, at 24-21, but Laura Whitt's three from the left corner stopped the CU run.

Whitt's triple started a 12-2 run for the Panthers, who gathered a 36-23 lead with 3:37 remaining in the first stanza. The Panthers led by as many as 14 in the first behind Shamia Brown's 18 first half points before taking a 42-30 lead into he break.

The teams combined for 90 points in the paint and 38 second chance points. HPU posted 14 fast break points, including 12 in the first half. The Panthers also turned 10 first half Campbell turnovers into 13 points.

Campbell will return home on Jan. 21, hosting Charleston Southern at 1 p.m. in Gore Arena.