Feb 15, 2013
Buies Creek, N.C. — The Campbell women's basketball team defeated Gardner-Webb, 65-46, in their annual "Play 4 Kay" game at Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center on Thursday night. Senior guard Tonisha Baker record 14 points followed by junior forward Ashley James (Round Rock, Texas) and sophomore forward Kiera Gaines (Mechanicsville, Ga.) with 13 each.
The Lady Camels wore all-pink uniforms with white lettering to promote breast cancer awareness. Admission was free for those wearing pink and donations were collected in support of the Kay Yow Foundation.
Improving to 17-8 overall and 9-5 in the Big South was Campbell, while Gardner-Webb fell to 11-13 and 4-9 in league play.
Stifling defense was the story of the game for Campbell as the team tied a season-high forcing 29 turnovers that led to 32 points. The team shot 41.9 percent from the field, but was limited to just 4-of-19 from behind the arc.
For the first time during the campaign, the Lady Camels held their opponent without a made field goal (0-for-4). Gardner-Webb was limited to 35.6 percent from the field.
Campbell was out-rebounded by the Bulldogs, 43-31, as Catrina Green for GWU paced the game with 10 boards. James and Baker led the home team with seven and six rebounds, respectively.
Contributing eight points and two made field goals was junior guard Monique Spry (Wilson, N.C.). Junior forward Heather Beadle (Austin, Texas) recorded five points and freshman guard Zena Lovette (High Point, N.C.) added four.
Totaling six steals and five assists was Baker, who filled up the stat sheet, but freshman guard RaeChaun Edwards (Spring Grove, Va.) paced the game with six assists.
Gardner-Webb was led offensively by Candace Brown with 12 points and Doreen Richardson with 10 points. Both players also pulled down six rebounds.
Donning the pink jerseys, the Lady Camels started strong and used a 21-1 run to take a 23-5 lead on the Bulldogs with 11:54 left. Turnovers were critical in the run as Gardner-Webb committed 16 in the first 12 minutes of the contest.
Gardner-Webb settled down offensively and brought the deficit to 27-14 with 4:30 left in the frame as it drove to the hoop and made shots from the charity stripe. Baker and Spry made jumpers to elevate the Lady Camels to their largest lead of the frame, 33-14, at 1:56, but the Bulldogs scored the final six points.
With the halftime score 33-20, Campbell was able to force 17 turnovers and register 18 points off those mistakes. Nine steals were generated by the Lady Camels with Baker pacing the squad with four.
Despite a lot of substitutions in the first frame, the bench was held without a point, but that changed in the second half has it responded with 13 points led by Edwards with five.
After the Bulldogs cut the lead to 12 with 18:45 left, Campbell raced out to a 44-25 advantage with 13:34 on the clock. Edwards, Gaines and James scored during the stretch.
A three-point field goal that fell at 6:10 for Spry provided the Lady Camels with their first 20-point lead of the game, 53-33. The largest lead for Campbell, 61-39, came with 2:18 left following made free throws by sophomore guard Casey Elliott (Wilson, N.C.).
In the final four minutes of the contest, head coach Wanda Watkins enabled for sophomore guard Summer Leverette (Turkey, N.C.) and freshmen Jessica Pone (High Point, N.C.) and Jewell Yarborough (Creedmoor, N.C.) to receive some well-earned time on the court.
Campbell completes its home schedule on Saturday with Senior Day against UNC Asheville at 4:30 p.m. following the men's basketball game vs. VMI at 2 p.m. Seniors Tonisha Baker, Jazmine Cooper and Monique Spry will be honored prior to the contest.