WBB: Baker, Gaines Lead Lady Camels Past Mount St. Mary's

Posted November 20, 2012

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— The Campbell women's basketball team notched a 54-48 victory on Monday night at Mount St. Mary's to improve to 4-0 on the season. Sophomore forward Kiera Gaines (Mechanicsville, Va.) scored a personal-best 15 points and was one-rebound shy of her first career double-double, while senior guard Tonisha Baker (High Point, N.C.) paced the team with 17 points.

Falling to 1-2 on the season was Mount St. Mary's, who was led by Jessica Kuafman with 24 points with 22 of them coming in the second half.

Neither team shot the ball very well from the field as each hovered around .300 pct. from the field for the game. The Lady Camels came back from down 15-10 in rebounding 10 minutes into the game to post a 40-31 advantage at the end of the contest.

Junior forward Ashley James (Round Rock, Texas) pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds and added six points.

After garnering Big South Freshman of the Week honors earlier in the day, guard Zena Lovette (High Point, N.C.) finished with nine points.

The Lady Camels once again used their transition offense to change the game as the team scored 18 points off of 19 Mount St. Mary's turnovers.

Both teams began the first half slowly, but Mount St. Mary's would use its home-court advantage to take a 13-6 lead with 8:06 left as a jumper from Kayla Grossett ended an 8-2 run.

The Lady Camels surge came next following a media timeout as Gaines nailed a jumper from just inside the arc, then Lovette made a three-pointer to bring the deficit to two, 15-13, at 5:31.

Campbell eventually tied the contest at 17 with 3:18 remaining on a made free throw by James as the team began seeking contact down low. The Lady Camels concluded a 16-4 run in the final 6:25 to take a 24-19 advantage at the half.

In the first eight minutes of the second half, Campbell had stretched its lead to 11 on a fastbreak layup by Gaines, 36-25. Then, Kuafman took over for the Mountaineers scoring seven-straight field goals for a total of 20 points as the Lady Camels lead was cut to two, 40-38.

Although Mount St. Mary's had a hot shooter, freshman RaeChaun Edwards (Spring Grove, Va.) was able to make a tough basket and Gaines made a jumper to help Campbell to offset their opponent's charge.

A sign of the Lady Camels growing was that they had an answer for each Mountaineer bucket down the stretch as the team never surrendered the lead, even though the advantage was cut to two on four occasions.

With 1:14 left, Campbell saw James grab an offensive board and passed the ball to Baker for the two-point score, putting the Lady Camels up, 46-42. Mount St. Mary's used two free throws from Selina Mann to drop the lead back to two with 59 ticks left.

The final turning point was a Baker steal and fast-break layup that led to a three-point play and a five-point advantage, 49-44. Campbell once again was strong at the free throw line as Baker hit three and Gaines added another to secure the victory.

The Lady Camels head to the ECU Pirate Thanksgiving Invitational on Friday with a 4:30 p.m. contest against Appalachian State before playing host East Carolina on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

After opening the Big South slate at UNC Asheville on Nov. 31, Campbell plays its Education Day game against Columbia (S.C.) College on Dec. 3 at 11:45 a.m.


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