Women’s Hoops Travels to Coastal Carolina Saturday

Kiera Gaines (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Kiera Gaines (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

Game Notes: Campbell at Coastal Carolina

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell will head to Conway, S.C. on Saturday, Feb. 18, taking on Big South rival Coastal Carolina at 2:30 p.m. in Kimbel Arena.

With six regular season games remaining, the Lady Camels are 13-10 overall and 6-6 in Big South play after taking an 89-68 win over High Point at home last Saturday. Campbell shot nearly 78 percent in the first half of the game, taking a 19 point lead into the break, and finished the game with a 65.5 clip.

The mark is 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 18 points apiece from Tonisha Baker, Jazmine Cooper and Katelyn Bass. 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.

The Lady Camels posted their seventh 20-plus assist game with 26, while forcing 20 turnovers for the 10th time this season. The win marked number 473 for Lady Camel head coach Wanda Watkins.

Baker leads the Lady Camels on the season at 13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, tacking on a Big South leading 2.7 steals. Bass and Cooper also average double figures at 10.8 and 10.0 points per game, respectively, with the pair adding 5.8 boards each. Senior guard Kate Cloxton adds 6.6 points and 5.1 assists per game.

Coastal Carolina is 12-10 on the season and 5-8 in Big South play since dropping two straight and five of seven, all conference games. The Chanticleers are one of three teams in the conference allowing opponents to shoot less than 40 percent from the field (39.1) and 30 percent from three point range (29.7), giving up just 59.2 points per game.

Freshman Shatia Cole leads the Chanticleers on the season at 11.6 points per game, adding 3.5 rebounds. Olivia Irick also posts double figures at 10.7 points per game, while Shanika Maddox tallies 7.6 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds. Nine Chants average double figure minutes, with eight of those posting at least 17.6 minutes per game.

Campbell and CCU have met once already this season, with the Lady Camels taking a 58-55 win in Buies Creek. The Lady Camels faced a 34-24 halftime deficit before opening the second on a 20-7 run, taking a three point lead on a Jessica Moore three with 9:25 to play. The Lady Camels would eventually win by that same margin.

Campbell leads the all-time series with Coastal 19-17, with the Lady Camels holding a 17-3 mark against the Chanticleers as conference foes. That record includes a 3-0 record in Big South Tournament games.

After Saturday's contest, the Lady Camels will head to Charleston, S.C. for a Monday tilt against Charleston Southern. Campbell will return to Buies Creek for its final pair of home game Feb. 25th (Winthrop, 1 p.m.) and 27th (Presbyterian, 7 p.m.).