Hot Shooting Lady Camels Down High Point 89-68

Tonisha Baker (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Tonisha Baker (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell shot nearly 78 percent to build a 19 point first half lead and cruised to an 89-68 Big South win over visiting High Point Saturday afternoon at Gilbert Craig Gore Arena. 

Campbell improves to 13-10 on the season and 6-6 in conference play, while HPU dips to 14-9 overall and 9-3 in Big South games, taking its third consecutive loss. The Lady Camels are now 9-2 on the season in Buies Creek.

For the game, CU shot 65.5 percent from the floor, the team's best shooting percentage since Jan. 17, 2005, when Campbell hit 67.4 percent (29-43) of its shots and defeated Longwood 83-56. Campbell's 89 points and its 21 point margin of victory are both season-highs.

Four Lady Camels scored in double figures, with Tonisha Baker, Jazmine Cooper and Katelyn Bass all 18 points apiece. Baker piled on seven assists, four boards and three steals, while Bass collected six rebounds and three steals. Cooper, meanwhile, tacked on a career-high four blocks and four steals.

Sophomore forward Roslyn Presley added 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting, adding four rebounds. Freshman Kiera Gaines paced CU on the glass with 10 rebounds, chipping in five points, four assists and a pair of blocks. Senior Amanda O'Neill added eight points and four boards.

Laura Whitt led High Point with a game-high 21 points on 5-of-8 treys, while Cheyenne Parker totaled 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Tayler Tremblay and Shamia Brown both added 10 points each, with Erin Reynolds collecting seven points and six assists.

Fueled by Presley and Gaines, Campbell bested HPU in bench points 24-0. The Lady Camels also topped the Panthers in fast break points, 20-4, and points in the paint, 46-22.

In the opening half, Campbell hit an astounding 21-of-27 shots for a 77.8 clip. Bass totaled 14 points in the opening stanza on 7-for-7 shooting in just 11 minutes of action. Cooper also hit 6-of-8 shots for 12 points.

Campbell hit eight of its first 10 shots in the game, jumping out to a 20-12 lead on a Bass jumper at the 12:56 mark. Bass then extended CU's lead to double figures for the first time with 10:26 on the clock with a lay-in.

After an 8-2 High Point streak trimmed the CU lead to six, the Lady Camels closed the half on a 17-4 run, taking a 47-28 lead into the half.

High Point managed 27.8 percent (10-36) shooting in the first.

Campbell cruised in the second half, hitting almost 55 percent from the floor on 17-of-31 shooting. The Panthers, meanwhile, warmed up with a 43.8 percent clip (13-32) in the second. Parker posted 14 of her 20 in the frame for HPU, while Campbell's Baker tallied 12.

The Lady Camels will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 18, heading to Coastal Carolina.