March 4, 2012

Lady Camels Head to Gardner-Webb for Regular Season Finale

Game Notes: Campbell at Gardner-Webb

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-After winning five of its last six, Campbell travels to Gardner-Webb for the 2011-12 regular season finale on Monday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Paul Porter Arena.

The Lady Camels are 17-11 on the season after a 74-55 win on the road at UNC Asheville on Friday, also improving to 10-7 in Big South play. Campbell's 17 wins are the most since the 2000-01 season when the Lady Camels posted 22 victories.

Tonisha Baker registered a career-high 31 points at Asheville, the most by a Lady Camel since April Cromartie against Samford in 2002 (2/21/02).

The junior guard from High Point, N.C., tallied her career night on 13-of-19 shooting, making her only attempt from beyond the arc. Baker also added four points from the free throw line in the win. Baker's 31 points mark the 43rd time in school history a player has registered 30 or more, while becoming the 10th Lady Camel to ever post multiple 30 point games. Baker's previous career-best of 30 came in last season's 98-70 win over USC Upstate on Feb. 26, 2011.

Baker, coming into the game with 990 career points, also surpassed 1,000 career points in the win, becoming the 16th player in Lady Camel history to surpass the milestone. Baker needs just 20 rebounds to reach 500 for her career.

The junior added 10 rebounds, marking her team-high seventh double-double of the season, and the 13th by a Lady Camel this season, with four assists and three steals.

Jazmine Cooper chipped in eight points with two blocks, while Amanda O'Neill scored seven with three boards. Sophomore center Heather Beadle also scored eight, a career-high, adding two rebounds and a pair of assists. Roslyn Presley recorded six points, while Kiera Gaines added five.

Senior guard Kate Cloxton dished out eight assists in the win. Cloxton has tallied 11 career games with eight or more assists, with Campbell going 9-2 in those outings.

The Lady Camels posted a 20-3 run to end the first half and added another 17-1 spurt midway through the second in the win.

Tonisha Baker leads Campbell on the season at 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Katelyn Bass tallies 10.8 points and a team-best 6.7 boards. Jazmine Cooper also averages double figures at 10.0 points per game, adding 5.7 rebounds.

Gardner-Webb heads into Monday's matchup at 4-24 on the year and 3-14 in Big South play after falling 66-46 on Friday against High Point. Four Panthers scored in double figures and HPU shot 48 percent as a unit in the win. GWU hit just 28.6 percent of its shots, led by Catrina Green's 13 points and seven rebounds. Brianna Dillard also added 10 points and seven boards.

Gardner-Webb is just 1-8 at home in conference games this season.

Green leads the Bulldogs on the season at 11.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while Jasmine Dale tacks on 9.1 points and 3.0 rebounds. KiKi Smith and Brianna Dillard add 6.3 and 6.0 points per game, respectively.

Campbell is 13-8 all-time against Gardner-Webb in a series that spans two conferences. In the season's early meeting to kick off Big South play, the Lady Camels took a 62-52 home win behind Tonisha Baker's 18 points. Campbell led by as many as 19 in the game. Before that December meeting, the last time the schools met was 2008 when the Bulldogs were also an Atlantic Sun Conference member. Campbell and GWU shared A-Sun affiliation from 2003-2008 before the Bulldogs relocated to the Big South. Campbell is 8-5 all-time against GWU in conference games. 

The Big South Women's Basketball Championships will kick off March 9 on the High Point campus.