Lady Camels Get Back on the Road, Face Presbyterian Saturday

Amanda O'Neill
(photo by Will Bratton)
Amanda O'Neill (photo by Will Bratton)

Game Notes: Campbell at Presbyterian

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Coming off two-straight home wins, Campbell will travel to Presbyterian on Saturday, facing the Blue Hose at 5 p.m. at the Templeton Center.

The Lady Camels are 11-7 overall on the season and 4-3 in Big South play after wins over Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina last week. With those pair of wins, the Lady Camels remain as the only Big South team undefeated at home, now standing 8-0 on the year in Gilbert Craig Gore Arena.

Against Charleston Southern, four Lady Camels scored in double figures with Katelyn Bass leading the way at 15 points and six rebounds, while Tonisha Baker and Ashley James tallied 13 each. Junior forward Jazmine Cooper also picked up a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the 70-56 win.

Two days later, CU erased a 10-point halftime deficit to take a 58-55 win over Coastal behind Baker's game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. The junior from High Point, N.C. gathered 10 points and five rebounds in the second half to lead the comeback effort, while Bass collected 11 points, including nine in the final stanza.

Baker leads the team on the season at 13.1 points per game, adding 6.7 rebounds. Bass, a senior forward, also averages double figures at 10.6 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds. Cooper, meanwhile, posts 9.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Senior guard Kate Cloxton, who posted her third career double-figure assist game with 10 against Charleston Southern, averages 6.7 points and 5.5 assists per outing. Cloxton, a Winfield, W.Va. native tied the Lady Camel career three point attempts record (415) last Monday, and will break Sara Moore's (1997-01) program mark with her next try. Cloxton also sits just behind Moore in career three pointers made, needing just four triples to pass her all-time record of 145.

With 155 career steals, and at least one in 12 of 18 games this season, Amanda O'Neill has vaulted into the CU recordbooks, standing ninth all-time. The senior guard has picked up 30 steals this season, adding 5.1 points per game.

PC comes into Saturday's matchup at 8-10 with a 2-5 Big South mark. The Blue Hose are averaging just 34.0 points per game over their last outings after a 59-39 loss at Liberty and a 53-29 loss at Radford. Presbyterian has failed to hit the 50-point mark in eight of its 18 games this season and rank ninth in the Big South in scoring at 55.0 points per game for the year.

Mariah Pietrowski leads PC on the season at 11.1 points per game, adding 5.2 rebounds. Dria David also posts 10.6 points while Karlee Taylor records 9.3 points per game. Pietrowski is averaging 12.1 points in Big South games.

Campbell and Presbyterian have met only once ever, with that contest coming just last season, with PC taking the 53-51 win in the Templeton Center. The Lady Camels led 51-50 with 20 seconds remaining after Amanda O'Neill's layup, but Amanda Mills knocked down the eventual game winning three with seven seconds on the clock to give the Blue Hose the win. Baker tallied a game-high 17 points for the Lady Camels.

Next up for Campbell will be Winthop on Monday in Rock Hill, S.C. The Eagles are slated to host High Point on Saturday.