Lady Camels Open Four-Game Home Stand against Radford

Kiera Gaines (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)
Kiera Gaines (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Following a tough road trip, the Campbell women's basketball team returns to Gore Arena/John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center on Thursday to face Radford at 7 p.m.

The game day sponsor is for Beach Night where one lucky fan will receive a four-day/three-night trip to the Big South Tournament. The first 100 fans will also be provided with a ticket for a free snow cone.

Followers of the Lady Camels that are unable to make the game against Radford can track the contest via live stats or Twitter @GoCamelsWBB. The contest is a part of the Big South Sports Network with the video link available on the women's basketball schedule page.

Campbell comes into the matchup with a 12-6 overall and 4-3 Big South record after falling last week at Longwood in the final seconds, 77-75, and at Liberty by seven points, 65-58.

Senior guard Tonisha Baker (High Point, N.C.) has posted back-to-back-to-back 20-plus point games for the Lady Camels. The streak started with a season-high 24 points against High Point. She followed it up with a 20-point outing at Longwood and scored 21 points at Liberty.

Also putting up 20 points at Longwood was junior guard Monique Spry (Wilson, N.C.) along with Baker, the duo became the first pair of Campbell players to score 20 points in a game since Baker (30) and Lauren Yesh (20) accomplished that feat on Feb. 26, 2011 against USC Upstate.

The Lady Camels have seen solid play from sophomore forward Kiera Gaines (Mechanicsville, Va.), who has averaged 10.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. She stands at seventh in the league in rebounding.

As a team, Campbell ranks sixth in three-point field goal pct. at .385, 17th in steals at 12.5 per game and 32nd in assists per contest at 16.0. All three categories also rank first in the Big South.

In the all-time series, Radford holds a 19-7 advantage against Campbell, including the past five meetings dating back to 1994. The Camels are 5-5 against the Highlanders at home. All but two matchups have been Big South contests, while the teams also met up in the championship game of six-consecutive Big South Tournaments (1987-92).

Radford is on a five-game conference win streak toppling UNC Asheville (66-54), Gardner-Webb (72-69 OT), Presbyterian (49-31), Coastal Carolina (68-50) and Charleston Southern (71-60), while the only league losses are to Liberty (65-67) and Longwood (49-57). The Higlanders have knocked off UNCG (76-65), Bluefield (70-50), Southern Illinois (85-62), William & Mary (72-55) and Norfolk St. (73-50).

Leading the offense is Ashley Buckhannon with 13.0 points per game followed by Ayana Avery and Sarah Tabb with 9.4 and 9.3, respectively. Victoria Hamilton has grabbed a team-high 7.9 points per contest. Hamilton and Buckhannon have each totaled 38 steals, while Buckhannon paces the squad with 55 assists.

Radford averages 64.8 points per game, while posting a 38.4 percentage from the field. The  Highlanders are +6.2 in scoring and +3.9 in turnover margin. The team and its opponents average 38 rebounds per game. Head coach Tajama Abraham Ngongba is in here fifth season guiding the Highlanders program.

The Lady Camels continue a four-game home stand on Saturday with a 1 p.m. tilt against Winthrop.