February 20, 2012

Bass, Baker Lead Lady Camels Past Charleston Southern 76-58, Watkins Notches Win No. 475

CHARLESTON, S.C.-Tonisha Baker poured in 25 points while Katelyn Bass posted a double-double to lead Campbell past Charleston Southern 76-58 on the road in Buccaneer Fieldhouse Monday night. 

The win marked number 475 for Campbell head coach Wanda Watkins, who is in her 31st season at the helm for the Lady Camels.

Campbell improves to 15-10 on the season and 8-6 in Big South play, while CSU falls to 15-11 overall and 8-7 in conference games. The Lady Camels are now 25-0 all-time against Charleston Southern, including 10-0 at CSU.

The win also secures at least a .500 season for CU with four regular season games and at least one conference tournament contest remaining.

Baker's 25 points came on 10-of-14 shooting, going 3-for-3 from distance, adding three rebounds. Baker's 25 points tied a season high and marked her sixth career game with 20 or more. Bass, a senior forward, gathered 13 points and a career-best 17 rebounds in the win, notching her second career double-double. Bass' 17 boards are the most by a Lady Camel since Ashley Williamson collected 18 against Coker to start off the 2008-09 season.

Senior guard Amanda O'Neill scored 11 with three rebounds, while Kate Cloxton posted nine points and two assists. Junior forward Jazmine Cooper chipped in eight points and eight rebounds, scoring all eight and pulling down seven boards in the second half alone. Jessica Moore also collected seven points off the bench in the win.

Rachelle Coward and Lakeitha Alston led CSU with 17 points apiece, combining for 10 rebounds. Kiki Rutledge added 14 points and three assists, while Anicia Dotson recording five points and seven rebounds.

After Charleston Southern jumped out to an early 13-11 lead with 14:09 on the clock in the first, Tonisha Baker's personal 8-0 run that included back to back threes put the Lady Camels out front 19-13 at the 12:57 mark.

Campbell's lead jumped to nine at 29-20 in the first when Kiera Gaines pulled down an offensive board and found Baker for a 12 foot jumper.

The Lady Camels extended their lead to 14 with 2:24 to go in the first when Katelyn Bass notched a basket, and-one, putting CU ahead 41-27. Campbell took a 44-30 lead into the break, scoring the third most points in a half this season. Campbell shot 55.2 percent (16-29) from the field in the opening stanza, nailing 5-of-8 from deep.

Out of the break, Kate Cloxton sparked a 9-2 Campbell run with a three, pushing the lead to 21 with 17:50 to play.

Charleston Southern, however, responded with an 18-4 run, cutting the Campbell lead to seven at 57-50 with 7:37 remaining on an Anicia Dotson layup.

Campbell then bounced back with an 8-2 spurt, starting with a Jazmine Cooper offensive board and put-back, fending off the CSU surge to take a 65-52 lead with 4:08 to play.

Campbell ended the night with a 76-58 win after Bass hit both of her tries from the line with four seconds on the clock.

The Lady Camels shot 50.9 percent, hitting that mark for the fourth time this season. Campbell also held its opponent under 60 points for the 13th time this year, and now hold a 12-1 record in those games.

Campbell will return home for its final pair of games this season in Buies Creek, hosting Winthrop on Saturday, Feb. 25, and Presbyterian on Monday, Feb. 27.