Lady Camels Return Home, Host Charleston Southern Saturday

Lady Camel Basketball (photo by Will Bratton)
Lady Camel Basketball (photo by Will Bratton)

Game Notes: Campbell vs. Charleston Southern

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell looks to remain unbeaten at home, hosting Big South foe Charleston Southern on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Gilbert Craig Gore Arena.

The Lady Camels are 9-7 overall and 2-3 in Big South play, and stand 6-0 at home in 2011-12. Campbell has won nine in a row in Buies Creek dating back to last season, and has taken 15 of its last 17 at home.

In its six home games this season, Campbell is averaging a +15.0 margin of victory, allowing opponents to shoot just 33.1 percent and 51.3 points per game. Opponents are also just 20-87 (23.0 percent) from three point range.

Junior guard Tonisha Baker leads the Lady Camels on the season with team-highs of 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Senior forward Katelyn Bass adds 10.3 points and 6.1 boards, while junior post Jazmine Cooper, coming off a career-best 17-point outing at High Point, collects 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Kate Cloxton and Roslyn Presley also tack on 6.8 and 6.6 points per game, with Cloxton standing second in the Big South in assists with 5.3 a game.

In Campbell's recent loss at High Point, the Lady Camels erased an 18-point deficit with 6:31 remaining to pull within seven with four minutes to play, but fell short, 77-65. Jazmine Cooper posted 14 of her career-high 17 points in the second half, including 12 in the final 6:06. Tonisha Baker also gathered 11 of her 16 points in the second frame, including seven in that late surge.

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.

Charleston Southern is 11-6 on the season and 4-2 in Big South games coming off a 79-64 home loss to Liberty. Rachelle Coward hit 9-of-16 three-point attempts, posting 32 points in the loss as the Buccaneers recorded 13 triples as a team. Lakeitha Alston added 17 points against the Flames.

Coward and Alston collect 16.9 and 16.3 points per game, respectively. Coward, a junior forward, has hit 47 threes this season, good for second in the Big South, while Alston gathers a team-best 5.5 rebounds per game.

As a team, CSU ranks as the conference's top scoring offense at 74.1 points per game, also leading the league in three-pointers made per game (9.5), field goal percentage (43.9 percent) and three-point field goal percentage (35.7 percent).

Helen Terry also pours in 11.2 points per game, while Erin Bratcher and Anicia Dotson tally 8.8 and 8.1 points a game. 10 Buccaneers have made at least one three-pointer this season, including five with double-digit makes from distance.

The Lady Camels have dominated the all-time series against Charleston Southern, holding an unblemished 23-0 record over the Buccaneers. CU posted a 20-0 record against the Buccaneers during the Campbell's previous Big South stay, which includes a 5-0 mark in conference tournament play. The teams' last meeting came in 2008, with Campbell taking a 90-81 win in Charleston, S.C.

After taking on CSU, the Lady Camels will host Coastal Carolina on Monday, Jan. 23.