January 29, 2012

Women’s Basketball Heads to Winthrop Monday

Game Notes: Campbell at Winthrop

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-The Lady Camels will eye their fourth straight win on Monday, as Campbell travels to Big South rival Winthrop. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Winthrop Coliseum.

Campbell improved to 12-7 overall and 5-3 in Big South play after a 53-44 win at Presbyterian on Saturday. The Lady Camels used a 15-2 run down the stretch to pick up their first Big South road win of the year after dropping their previous three conference outings away from Buies Creek.

The win marked the 472nd of CU head coach Wanda Watkins' career.

Junior guard Tonisha Baker paced the Lady Camels with 18 points at PC, adding four steals and three rebounds. Jazmine Cooper, a junior forward, added 10 points and eight rebounds with a career-high six steals. Cooper has gathered 10 steals in her last two games.

Baker leads the team on the season at 13.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while leading the conference at 2.7 steals. Senior forward Katelyn Bass adds 10.4 points and 6.0 rebounds a game, while Cooper posts 9.9 points and 6.1 boards.

Kate Cloxton records 6.5 points per game to go along with 5.3 assists, good for second in the league. The senior guard needs just a trio of three point field goals to become Campbell's all-time leader and pass Sara Moore's (1997-01) career total of 145. Cloxton became the program's career three point attempts leader on Saturday, passing Moore's all-time mark of 415.

Winthrop suffered a 58-53 setback to league-leader High Point on Saturday, dipping to 10-10 overall and 4-4 in conference games. Dequesha McClanahan, the Big South's scoring leader, paced the Eagles with 24 points, six assists and six rebounds, connecting on 10 of Winthrop's 20 field goals in the game. Shamia Brown, meanwhile, led HPU in the win with 24 points and 10 boards, with Cheyenne Parker totaling 13 points and 22 rebounds.

McClanahan averages 19.6 points and 7.4 assists per game, leading the Big South in both categories. Diana Choibekova adds 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds a game, while Samiya Wright records 12.1 points per game, making up a potent guard trio for the Eagles.

The Lady Camels are 19-4 all-time against Winthrop in a series dating back to 1982, taking 16 in a row from 1987-94. The teams have not met since 2009, with WU taking a 66-60 win at Campbell. The last time the programs met in Rock Hill was 2008, when CU all-time games played leader Lauren Yesh (2007-11) scored a game-high 18 points. Campbell is 10-2 all-time at Winthrop.

Next up for the Lady Camels will be three straight home games, starting with Liberty on Saturday, Feb. 4. Campbell will also host Radford and High Point during the short home stand.