Women’s Basketball Travels to Radford Saturday
BUIES CREEK, N.C.-After opening Big South play with a pair of home wins, Campbell heads to Radford Saturday, Jan. 7, for a 3 p.m. slate with the Highlanders.
The Lady Camels moved to 9-4 on the season with wins over Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville wrapped around the New Year, starting their first season back in the Big South since departing in 1994 at 2-0. CU also improved to 6-0 at home this season, its best start since the 1997-98 season, when the Lady Camels began the year 12-0 in Buies Creek, dropping only its final game in Carter Gym.
Campbell is 2-0 in conference play (including Big South and Atlantic Sun) for the 13th time in program history (since 1986-87). The team last began its conference slate 2-0 two seasons ago, in 2009-10.
In the Lady Camels' 82-62 win over Asheville on Monday, Campbell knocked down a school record 13 three pointers and tied another single game mark with nine blocks to down the Bulldogs. The Lady Camels' 13 threes broke the previous school mark of 12, which the team hit twice in program history (vs. Georgia State March 2, 1995 and at Appalachian State on Dec. 20, 1999). Kate Cloxton and Jessica Moore combined to go 9-of-12 from behind the arc against the Bulldogs.
Campbell also tied the school blocks record for the third time this season, also recording nine denials against Montreat and Western Carolina.
Junior guard Tonisha Baker, who posted 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Monday's win, leads the team on the season at 13.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Baker ranks among the Big South's leaders in several categories, including scoring (13th), rebounding (8th), field goad percentage (.421, 14th), assists (3.8, fifth), steals (2.7, third), blocks (0.6, 12th) and minutes played (30.9, ninth).
Jazmine Cooper, a junior forward, records 10.4 points and 5.7 boards a game for the Lady Camels, while senior post Katelyn Bass adds 9.5 points and 5.7 rebounds. Cloxton, who paced CU against Asheville with 20 points and four assists, also ranks second in the Big South with 5.2 dimes per game.
At 6-6 overall and 0-1 in Big South games this season, Radford is coming off a 76-68 loss at home to Liberty in its league opener, despite forcing 39 Flames turnovers. The Highlanders have dropped three in a row since claiming an 80-68 win at Norfolk State on Dec. 16.
Junior guard Da'Naria Erwin Spencer leads the Highlanders on the season at 16.7 points per game, adding 4.7 assists. Ashley Buckhannon follows with 15.2 points per game, and poured in 25 in the loss to Liberty. Victoria Hamilton paces RU on the glass at 7.6 per game to go along with 7.9 points.
Radford leads the all-time series 17-7 over Campbell dating back to 1987, but the squads have not met since 2003. The Highlanders are one of just three Big South members with winning records against the Lady Camels all-time, along with High Point (17-7) and Presbyterian (1-0).
Campbell and Radford met six-straight years in the Big South Tournament from 1987-92, making up five league championship games.
After Saturday's contest, Campbell will remain on the road, taking on Liberty Monday, Jan. 9.