Dec 15, 2012
Jacksonville, Fla. — The Campbell women's basketball team came up with a 77-72 victory on Thursday afternoon against Maryland-Eastern Shore at the North Florida Hampton Inn Oceanside Holiday Classic at the UNF Arena. Sophomore forward Kiera Gaines (Mechanicsville, Va.) poured in a career-high 20 points becoming the first player on the team to reach the 20-point plateau this season.
For the first time in the campaign, three players reached double-figures in points as senior guard Tonisha Baker (High Point, N.C.) added 17 and junior forward Ashley James (Round Rock, Texas) scored 12 to help the Lady Camels improve to 7-2 on the campaign.
Campbell shot .492 from the field, making 29 shots, while hitting at a .400 rate from behind the arc. The Lady Camels also notched their third game of the season where they shot 80 percent or better from the free throw line, going 13-of-16 (.813).
Secondary scoring was provided by freshmen guards Zena Lovette (High Point, N.C.) and RaeChaun Edwards (Spring Grove, Va.) with seven points each. Senior guard Monique Spry (Wilson, N.C.) and junior forward Roslyn Presley (Petersburg, Va.) contributed five and four points, respectively.
UMES was strong on the glass, especially on the offensive end with 22 rebounds, as it held a 43-36 overall advantage in the category, and a 19-13 lead in second chance points. James pulled down eight rebounds, two away from a double-double, while Baker contributed six and Spry added five.
Campbell registered 14 assists during the contest as both Gaines and Baker led the game with four each. James totaled four blocks on the day, setting a new career-high.
The Lady Hawks were led offensively by the duo of Karona Roach and Sha-Kiyla Finney with 18 points each, while Ashleigh Claybrooks also reached double-figures with 10. Shanyce Stewart finished with nine rebounds.
Both teams relied on scoring points in the paint as the Lady Camels had a 34-32 advantage. Even though, Campbell committed four more turnovers, 21-17, it still registered 23 points off of their opponent's mistakes.
After the first and only tie of the contest at two, the Lady Camels cruised to a 22-5 advantage with 11:48 left in the first. Gaines knocked in four of her eight free throw attempts in the stretch as points were added by James, Lovette and Edwards.
The Lady Hawks came back in the second part of the half using offensive rebounds to provide second chance opportunities, which powered a 10-2 run that cut the deficit to 29-24 with 5:52 remaining. Baker, the team's leading scorer, came on with a three-point field goal and fast break layup, her first points of the contest, to bring the Campbell lead to 36-29 at 3:13.
After shooting well in the beginning of the first, the Lady Camels scored just one bucket in the final three minutes as the lead was down to two, 39-37, at the half.
Once again, Campbell came out of the locker room after half time hitting on all cylinders as the lead was pushed to 12, 55-43 with 14:01 left. A 10-0 run was jump started by a three pointer from Baker, who drained two during the run and added a layup.
Throughout the second half, UMES would make runs to cut the deficit to four, but each time the Lady Camels showed poise and pushed their lead back to double digits. The latest 10-point lead for Campbell occurred with 2:50 left on a jumper from James, 72-62, and eventually sealed the victory by sinking five foul shots.
The Lady Camels complete the UNF Holiday Classic on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Jacksonville State. Campbell returns to Gore Arena/John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tilt vs. Elon.