Tonisha Baker Named Big South Player of the Week

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

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-After averaging 28.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in two road wins last week, Campbell's Tonisha Baker has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Baker opened the weekend on Friday at UNC Asheville, pouring in a career-high 31 points in a 74-55 win.

Baker's 31 are the most points scored 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.

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.

Baker followed that performance with a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals in a win at Gardner-Webb Monday night, her second consecutive game scoring 25 or more.

The game marked Baker's fourth 20 point outing of the season and eighth in her career. The junior from High Point, N.C. is averaging 28.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals per game over her last two contests. Baker hit 23-of-35 shots for a stellar .657 field goal percentage, hitting both of her three point attempts.

Coming into Friday's game with 990 career points, Baker also surpassed 1,000 career points in the win, becoming the 16th player in Lady Camel history to surpass the milestone. Baker needs just 11 rebounds to reach 500 for her career and become the 19th member of that club at CU.

Campbell finished out the regular season with wins in six of seven, with its only loss coming in overtime, 67-66, against Winthrop. Campbell finished the 2011-12 regular season 18-11, securing the program's most overall wins since 2000-01 when the team posted 22. The team will also finish with a winning record for the first time since that season. This year will be the 20th winning season for Lady Camel head coach Wanda Watkins, and the 28th overall for the program dating back to 1972-73.

The Lady Camels will begin play in the Advance Auto Parts Big South Women's Basketball Championship on Friday at 2 p.m. against Charleston Southern. Campbell, the tournament's No. 4 seed, will be facing the No. 5 Buccaneers. Campbell swept the season series against CSU 2-0, 70-56 at home (1/21/12) and 76-58 on the road (2/20/12).