Free Admission when Lady Camels host Winthrop Saturday
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Campbell women's basketball team continues a four-game home stand at Gore Arena/John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Winthrop. Admission to the contest is free due to the difficult travel conditions.
Fans can follow the action with links to live stats, video and in-game updates on Twitter @GoCamelsWBB. The broadcast is a part of the Big South Sports Network.
The Lady Camels registered an 84-77 overtime victory over Radford on Jan. 24 to improve to 13-6 overall and move into a tie for sixth in the Big South at 5-3, but just one game out of second place. It was the first win for Campbell against Radford in five meetings, dating back to the 1994 season.
Sophomore guard Kiera Gaines (Mechanicsvile, Va.) posted a career-high 26 points and 14 rebounds, while junior forward Ashley James (Round Rock, Texas) totaled a career-best 20 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first time that Lady Camels had two players recorded a double-double since the Big South Tournament last season.
Campbell totaled a plus-23 rebounding margin vs. the Highlanders by grabbing 55 rebounds, including season-high 24 on the offensive glass. The Lady Camels had 24 assists against Radford led by Gaines and RaeChaun Edwards with eight each.
In the season so far, four Lady Camels in senior guard Tonisha Baker (High Point, N.C.), junior guard Monique Spry (Wilson, N.C.), Gaines and James have each totaled at least 20 points in a game this season.
The Lady Camels have registered 20.8 points per game from their bench this season. Junior forward Roslyn Presley (Petersburg, Va.) paces the team with 98 points and 54 rebounds.
The team leads the Big South in 3FG Pct. (.382), Assists (16.4), Steals (12.4) and Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.9). Campbell is sixth nationally in 3FG Pct., 16th in steals and 23rd in assists.
In the all-time series vs. Winthrop, Campbell has a 19-6 edge. The Eagles have taken the last three matchups, which includes a 67-66 overtime victory on Feb. 25, 2012 at Gore Arena. The Camels are 9-3 at home, while 9-2 on the road. From 1987 to 1994, Campbell posted 16 victories in a row.
Winthrop is riding a five-game conference win streak with victories over High Point (78-61), UNC Asheville (65-59), Gardner-Webb (60-55), Charleston Southern (85-65), Presbyterian (78-50) and Coastal Carolina (76-52), while losses have come to Longwood (74-79) and Liberty (57-90). The Eagles have non-conference wins against Troy (87-82), Mississippi State (61-59), College of Charleston (63-61), St. Augustine's (83-74), N.C. Central (64-33) and William & Mary (81-70).
Leading the offense is Big South Preseason Player of the Year Dequesha McClanahan with 18.2 points per game followed by Diana Choibekova with 13.4. Shaquilla Nunn has registered a team-high 10.8 rebounds per contest. The conference leader in assists is McClanahan with 127.
Winthrop averages 68.2 points per game, while posting a 38.7 percentage from the field. The Eagles have generated 42.2 rebounds per contest. Head coach Kevin Cook is in his first season leading the Winthrop program.
Campbell has its next contest at Gore Arena/John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Liberty. The Lady Camels finish a four-game home stand on Saturday with a tilt on ESPN3 against Longwood at 1 p.m.