Women’s Basketball Hangs on to Edge Coastal 58-55

Tonisha Baker
(photo by Will Bratton)
Tonisha Baker (photo by Will Bratton)

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Tonisha Baker guided a furious second half charge to lead Campbell past Coastal 58-55 in Big South women's basketball action Monday night in Gilbert Craig Gore Arena. With the win, the Lady Camels remain perfect at home in 2011-12.

Campbell improves to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in Big South games with the win, while CCU dips to 10-7 on the season and 3-5 in league games. The Lady Camels are now 8-0 at home this season, and have won 17 of their last 19 in Buies Creek.

Coastal Carolina registered a 60 percent clip from the floor in the first half to take a 34-24 lead over Campbell into halftime.

After trailing by as many as 11 in the first half, Tonisha Baker started off the second frame for Campbell with a pair of layups in the opening minute, slicing the Chanticleer lead to six at 34-28.

The junior then posted another two buckets after a CCU three, finishing off an 8-3 run to bring the Lady Camels within five with 16:45 to play.

Following two made free throws from Coastal's Alexx Puckett, Campbell continued its run, as Jazmine Cooper, Kate Cloxton and Katelyn Bass combined on seven-straight CU points, knotting the game at 39-all with 12:08 on the clock. The spurt completed a 15-5 Campbell run over the first 7:52 of the second half.

After Jessica Moore tied the game again at 41-apiece with a fast break lay-in, the sophomore's three from the left corner pushed Campbell into the lead for the first time in the game at the 9:25 mark.

The teams traded baskets until with just one minute to go, AJ Jordan's jumper cut Campbell's lead to one at 54-53.

Campbell's senior post Katelyn Bass, however, answered at the other end, driving baseline and connecting for two on a Baker pass, with the foul and 36 seconds on the clock.

After the free throw did not fall, Bass then grabbed the defensive rebound off a Chanticleer miss and was fouled again.

The senior then sank both free throws, securing the 58-55 Campbell win.

The Lady Camels limited Coastal to just 28.6 (8-28) shooting in the second after their hot first, while holding a 34-21 grip on the boards. Baker collected 10 of her game-high 17 points in the second half, while Bass tallied nine of her 11.

Campbell, meanwhile, shot 50 percent in the second stanza, warming up from a 35.7 percent first half, outscoring the Chanticleers 34-21 in the game's final 20 minutes.

Baker added 10 rebounds in the game for her team-high fourth double-double of the season, and the sixth of the junior's career. Bass also gathered six rebounds in the win, while Roslyn Presley totaled seven points and three boards off the bench.

Kate Cloxton notched six points and five assists, with Jessica Moore and Ashley James recording five and four points, respectively. Baker and junior forward Jazmine Cooper chipped in four steals each, while Cloxton and Moore picked up three to lead Campbell to 17 team steals.

Shatia Cole and Olivia Irick each tallied 14 points to lead the Chanticleers, while Taylor Epley and AJ Jordan posted eight in the loss. Puckett paced CCU on the glass with eight rebounds off the bench. Cole also gathered five assists.

Campbell owned a 36-20 advantage in the paint, and converted 14 fast break points compared to just two for Coastal. The Lady Camels also doubled-up the Chanticleers in points off the bench, 18-9.

Campbell held its opponent under 60 points for the ninth time this season, while forcing 20 turnovers for the seventh time.

Next up for the Lady Camels will be Presbyterian on the road on Jan. 28, followed by a trip to Winthrop on Jan. 30.