January 30, 2012

Winthrop Halts Lady Camel Streak 83-73

ROCK HILL, S.C.-Dequesha McClanahan led a 22-6 second half run to propel Winthrop over visiting Campbell 83-73 in Big South women's basketball play Monday night. 

Winthrop improves to 11-10 overall and 5-4 in Big South games with the win, while Campbell dips to 12-8 on the season and 5-4 in league play, snapping a three game win streak.

Winthrop trailed 57-50 with 10:45 to play before Katie Fitzgerald's jumper in the lane. The bucket sparked the decisive Eagle run, where McClanahan posted 10 points, including three and-one buckets.

The surge ended on a TaQuoia Hammick layup with 2:33 remaining, giving Winthrop a 76-65 lead. The Eagles were 10-for-16 from the field during the run, while Campbell was 3-for-10.

Campbell clawed back late with a three from Jessica Moore, but Winthrop closed out with an 83-73 home win. Winthrop hit 17-of-30 attempts in the second half for a 57.7 clip.

McClanahan ended the night with a game-high 23 points and 15 assists, while Samiya Wright added 17. Hammick tacked on 16 off the bench. Diana Choibekova added nine points and seven rebounds.

Katelyn Bass posted a career-best 20 points in the loss, hitting 8-of-12 attempts from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line. Fellow senior Amanda O'Neill tallied a season-best 13 points, hitting three triples, while tacking on five rebounds.Tonisha Baker posted her team-high fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, adding a career-high three blocks along with three steals.

Kate Cloxton gathered nine points and nine assists, hitting three baskets from long range. With her three threes, the senior guard becomes Campbell's all-time leader in three pointers made with 146, passing Sara Moore's total of 145.

Jazmine Cooper also registered seven points while Jessica Moore chipped in six.

In the first half, tied at 11-all, Jessica Moore's triple out of the first media timeout put the Lady Camels on top 14-11 with 15:02 on the clock.

After the Winthrop's Tiffany Charles notched a personal 4-0 run on a baseline layup and two free throws, Campbell answered with back-to-back threes from Amanda O'Neill and Tonisha Baker, plus a bucket from Katelyn Bass, giving the Lady Camels a 26-21 lead after the 8-0 run.

With 4:30, Kiera Gaines sparked another CU rally, blocking the Winthrop three point attempt and taking it in for a fast break layup. Cloxton then followed with her second three of the half to give the Lady Camels a 36-27 lead, their largest of the half.

Campbell took a 39-33 lead into the break after shooting 51.7 percent in the first and hitting six threes.

Winthrop converted 25 Campbell turnovers into 23 points and were aided by 28 points off the bench. The Eagles also owned a 44-26 advantage in the paint.

The Lady Camels will be back in action next Saturday, Feb. 4, hosting Liberty in Gilbert Craig Gore Arena.