Late Run Lifts Lady Camels Over Presbyterian 53-44

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

CLINTON, S.C.-Down two with 6:36 to play, Campbell posted a 15-2 rally to push past Presbyterian 53-44 Saturday evening in Big South women's basketball action at the Templeton Center.

Campbell moves to 12-7 overall and 5-3 in Big South play with its third straight win, while PC falls to 8-11 on the year and 2-6 in league play. The win marks the Lady Camels' first Big South road win of the season, going 0-3 in their previous tries after from Buies Creek.

After Kristen Stevens' three gave PC a 37-35 lead with 6:36 remaining, Kate Cloxton answered for Campbell with a triple, putting the Lady Camels ahead one with 5:23 to play.

Cloxton's three was the first of four consecutive possessions with a score for the Lady Camels, who stretched their lead with that 15-2 run, taking an 11 point advantage with 27 seconds on the clock. During that span, Campbell limited PC to 1-for-5 shooting and three turnovers.

Over the final minute, four Lady Camels combined to go 7-for-9 from the free throw line to secure the road win.

CU shot 60 percent, connecting on 12-of-20 attempts in the second half. Campbell also made 13-of-16 shots from the charity stripe for a season-best 81.3 percent clip.

Junior guard Tonisha Baker paced the Lady Camels with 18 points, adding four steals and three rebounds. Jazmine Cooper, a junior forward, added 10 points and eight rebounds with a career-high six steals. Katelyn Bass tallied eight points, all in the second half, with four rebounds, while Amanda O'Neill registered seven points.

Karlee Taylor led PC with 13 points, while Mariah Pietrowski poured in nine points and seven rebounds. Shonda Burnside added eight points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Baker posted 10 of the Lady Camels' 16 first half points, including six of the team's first eight. Baker's layup at the 4:35 mark provided CU with its first lead of the evening, but a 10-0 PC run, capped by a Shonda Burnside layup gave the Blue Hose a 22-14 lead with one minute to go in the first. PC took a 22-16 lead into the break.

Presbyterian connected on 5-of-16 shots (.31.3 percent) before finishing 4-for-5 from the floor during the late run, warming up to 42.9 percent for the half. Campbell hit 6-of-24 from the field in the first for a 25 percent clip.

The Lady Camels will remain on the road for their next contest, traveling to Winthrop for a 7 p.m. tip on Monday, Jan. 30 in Rock Hill, S.C. The Eagles fell to High Point 58-53 earlier on Saturday.