Baker, Bass, Cooper Honored by CollegeSportsMadness.com
Dequesha McClanahan of Winthrop, also named the league's Player of the Year, along with Da'Naria Erwin-Spencer of Radford, Devon Brown of Liberty, Shamia Brown of High Point and Cheyenne Parker of High Point made the website's first team.
Winthrop's Diana Choibekova, Liberty's Avery Warley, Charleston Southern's Rachelle Coward and Gardner-Webb's Catrina Green joined Baker on the second team.
Erin Reynolds of High Point, Lakeitha Alston of Charleston Southern and Samiya Wright were named to the third team along with Bass and Cooper.
Making up the fourth team was Shonese Jones from UNC Asheville, Olivia Irick from Coastal Carolina, Kelli Riles of Asheville, Danika Dale of Liberty and Presbyterian's Mariah Pietrowski.
Baker is coming off two of the best games in her Campbell career, averaging 28.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in two road wins on the way to her second Big South Player of the Week honor 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.
Baker ranks 11th overall in scoring, eighth in rebounding, 11th in field goal percentage, seventh in assists, first in steals, 13th in blocks and third in assist/turnover ratio in the Big South. The junior also ranks ninth all-time in CU history in steals with 162 and 10th in blocks at 38. Scoring in double figures 23 times this season, Baker has led the CU in scoring a team-high 14 times, posting eight double-doubles. Baker has led Campbell in rebounding nine times, grabbing double-digit rebounds six times.
The High Point, N.C. native was also an Atlantic Sun First Team All-Conference selection in 2011 and a 2010 A-Sun All-Freshman Team member.
Katelyn Bass, who is the Lady Camels' leader on the glass at 6.7 rebounds per game and second leading scorer at 11.0 per game, has started all 29 games this season after coming into the year with only two career starts.
The senior has paced Campbell in scoring eight times, scoring 15 or more on eight occasions. Bass has also led the team in rebounding eight times, recording four double-doubles that included three in a row late in the season at Charleston Southern, against Winthrop and Presbyterian. The Wake Forest, N.C. native collected 44 rebounds over that three game stretch.
Her 17 rebounds at CSU marked the most by a Lady Camel since 2008, adding 13 points. Bass scored a career-high 20 at Winthrop. Bass ranks 18th overall in scoring, seventh in rebounding, eighth in field goal percentage and fifth in defensive rebounds among Big South players.
Jazmine Cooper, meanwhile, stands third on the team in both scoring and rebounding, while ranking seventh in field goal percentage and ninth in blocks in the Big South. The junior has scored in double figures 15 times while tallying three double figure rebounding games. Cooper has led the team in scoring eight times while pacing CU in rebounding seven times. Cooper also leads the Lady Camels with 25 blocks this season, tying for fifth in program history.
Cooper has posted a career-high 18 points twice, most recently in a home win over High Point, adding four blocks and three steals. She also scored 18 with seven rebounds against Winthrop, while posting 17 points and 11 rebounds at High Point. Cooper was named to the Stetson Hatter All-Classic team.
The official Big South All-Conference teams will be announced on Thursday by the league office.
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).