January 30, 2013

Lady Camels Welcome Liberty on Thursday

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Campbell women's basketball team continues a four-game home stand on Thursday with a contest against Liberty at 7 p.m. inside Gore Arena/John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center. This will be the sixth time in the last eight games that the Lady Camels have gone up against the first- or second-place team in the Big South standings.

Fans can follow the action against Liberty with live stats, video and in-game updates via Twitter, @GoCamelsWBB. The video broadcast is a part of the Big South Sports Network.

Campbell is currently 13-7 overall and 5-4 in the Big South after defeating Radford in overtime, 83-77, on Jan. 24 and falling to Winthrop, 76-53, on Jan. 26. The Lady Camels are just two-games back of first place in the very competitive league.

Liberty, Presbyterian and Winthrop are atop of the conference standings at 7-2, while High Point, Longwood and Radford are at 6-3. The difficult stretch continues over the next two weeks for Campbell, with games against Liberty, Longwood, Radford and Winthrop for the second time this season.

The Lady Camels turned the ball over a season-low 12 times against Winthrop, while forcing 20 turnovers that led directly to 16 points. The team ran its offense effectively by totaling a 21 assists led by junior guard Jessica Moore (Jacksboro, Tenn.).

After Campbell kept the score within seven points for much of the game, the Eagles pulled away from the home team with a 10-2 run that started with eight minutes remaining.

Junior forward Ashley James (Round Rock, Texas) paced the team with 16 points, while sophomore forward Juli Osborne (Kingsport, Tenn.) posted a career-best 10 points off the bench.

In the overtime victory against Radford, Campbell had sophomore forward Kiera Gaines (Mechanicsville, Va.) and James each record a double-double. Gaines tallied a career-best 26 points and 14 rebounds, while James added 20 points and 11 rebounds.

It was the second time this season that the Lady Camels had two players in the same game with 20-points or more. Senior guard Tonisha Baker (High Point, N.C.) and junior guard Monique Spry (Wilson, N.C.) each registered 20 points at Longwood.

Overall, the Camels are ranked in the top 20 in three-point field pct. at .366 (13th), steals at 12.3 (16th) and assists at 16.7 (19th). The Lady Camels also pace the Big South in each of those categories.

In the all-time series, Campbell has a 12-10 advantage against Liberty. Both teams have protected their home courts with the Lady Camels posting a 7-2 mark, while the Flames have registered a 7-4 record. The teams have split two meetings in the Big South tournament. Campbell did capture the first six matchups from 1981-92.

Liberty owns a 15-6 overall record and 7-2 mark in the league, including victories over Radford (67-65), Winthrop (90-57), UNC Asheville (49-51), Charleston Southern (92-33), Coastal Carolina (76-48), Campbell (65-58)  and Longwood (91-58). The Flames Big South losses came to Presbyterian (49-51) and High Point (63-71).

Leading the Flames' offense is Devon Brown with 16.9 points per game followed by Tolu Omotola with 12.7. The trio of Jasmine Gardner, Ashley Rininger and Omotola have been active on the glass with 7.2, 6.4 and 7.5 rebounds per contest, respectively. Emily Frazier paces the Flames with 92 assists, while Katelyn Adams, Omotola and Rininger have eclipsed 20 blocks.

As a team, Liberty averages 71.8 points per game and owns a +15.9 scoring margin, while shooting at a 43.0 percent rate. The Flames have pulled down 48.4 boards per game and have controlled the rebounding margin at +17.5.

Campbell concludes it season-long stretch of four-straight contests at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Longwood. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN3.