Women’s Basketball Downs Charleston Southern 70-56, Remains Unbeaten at Home

Ashley James (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Ashley James (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Four Lady Camels scored in double figures to lead Campbell past Charleston Southern 70-56 in Gilbert Craig Gore Arena Saturday afternoon in Big South women's basketball action.

Campbell improves to 10-7 on the year and 3-3 in Big South play, while CSU falls to 11-7 and 4-3 in conference games. The Lady Camels are now 7-0 in 2011-12 at home and have won 16 of their last 18 in Buies Creek.

Senior forward Katelyn Bass led all scorers with 15 points, including 11 in the first half, tacking on six rebounds. Tonisha Baker and Ashley James followed with 13 points apiece, with Baker adding six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Junior forward Jazmine Cooper posted her second straight double-double with 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. The double-double is Cooper's third of the season and the eighth of her career. Senior guard Kate Cloxton also reached double figures with a season-high 10 assists, her third career game with at least 10 dimes. Senior guard Amanda O'Neill tacked on eight points in the win.

Lakeitha Alston paced CSU with 13 points, six rebounds and four steals, while Rachelle Coward registered 12 points and four boards. Shay Jones added 11 points and eight assists in the loss. Kirklin Kirkpatrick poured in nine and Anicia Dotson posted seven points for the Buccaneers.

After holding the Buccaneers scoreless until the 16:29 mark in the first, the Lady Camels built a 22-12 lead on a 12-4 spurt, capped by a Tonisha Baker layup with 10:11 on the clock.

An Erin Bratcher three, however, sparked a 9-0 Charleston Southern run, capped by an Anicia Dotson jumper with 7:57 to go in the frame, bringing the Buccaneers within one at 22-21.

The Lady Camels took a 35-32 lead into the half after an Ashley James layup in the final minute.

Out of the half, CU extended the lead to eight at 45-37 on a Jazmine Cooper jumper with 15:38 to play. The Lady Camels stretched the advantage to double figures again with 5:10 remaining on Ashley James' free throw.

The Lady Camels led by as many as 18 through the remainder of the game, taking a 70-56 win over the Buccaneers.

Campbell never trailed in the game.

The Lady Camels outrebounded CSU 42-33, winning the rebounding battle for the 10th time this season. Campbell also owned a 38-14 advantage in the paint and turned 20 Buccaneer turnovers into 20 points.

The Lady Camels will remain at home for their next contest, hosting Coastal Carolina on Monday, Jan. 23 in Buies Creek.