Rouse layup pushes Camels past Western Carolina in overtime

Summer Price (Courtesy of Ashley Evans, WCU Photographic Services)
Summer Price (Courtesy of Ashley Evans, WCU Photographic Services)

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CULLOWHEE, N.C. --- MaKala Rouse hit the game-winning layup with 3.6 seconds left to give Campbell a 50-48 overtime victory over Western Carolina on Tuesday afternoon. Summer Price and Rouse led the Camels (3-2) with a combined 35 points. The win was also Campbell head coach Ronny Fisher's 100th career victory on the sidelines.

A Price free throw gave the Camels a 48-45 advantage with 22 seconds left in overtime. WCU (2-6) then advanced the ball to the frontcourt following a TO. After running some time off the clock, Tess Harris caught a pass from the top of the key and nailed a three-pointer from the right side to knot the game at 48-48 with 15 seconds on the clock.

CU got the ball out of a timeout with eight seconds on the clock. Rouse inbounded the ball to Hannah long, who handed the ball off back to Rouse. Long created enough space with the handoff for Rouse to drive to the line and hit a contested layup with 3.6 left to play. WCU had one final heave at the buzzer but it was well off the line as the Camels earned the dramatic victory.

Price finished the contest with 19 points to go with a pair of blocks and two assists. Rouse had a career-high 16 points and seven steals to go with six rebounds and three assists. Long pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and scored six points.

Caroline Bowns hit a pair of free throws to give Campbell its first lead of the day at 38-37 with 2:45 left in the fourth period. Tembre Moates answered with a three on the other end to give WCU the lead right back at 40-38. That advantage stood all the way until 18 seconds on the clock when Rouse connected on a layup to tie the game at 40-40.

The Camels forced a five-second violation on the ensuing Catamount inbounds play to earn the ball back with a chance to win in regulation. Price took the ball and drove into the lane but was whistled for a traveling violation with four seconds on the clock. WCU couldn't get a shot off before the game went to overtime.

The Camels held a narrow one point advantage early in overtime before a 5-0 spurt pushed the lead to 47-41 with 2:19 showing on the clock. It was Campbell's largest lead of the game. Back-to-back baskets by Sherae Bonner drew the Catamounts back within two before Price's free throw set up for the wild finish.

Bonnor led all scorers with 21 points and tallied a double-double with 14 rebounds. Raziyah Farrington chipped in 11 points while Kyia Hough dished out a game-high five assists. The Camels forced a season-high 27 turnovers, which led to 12 points. WCU held a 39-32 rebounding advantage but CU outscored WCU in the paint 28-18.

An early 11-0 run for the Catamounts gave them a 13-2 lead six minutes into the contest. Breanna Foster broke up the run with a three, but a Rouse layup off a steal was the only other points for the Camels in the first as WCU led 15-7 at the intermission.

A Price three drew CU within seven of the lead with 3:05 remaining in the second. The Catamounts kept a seven point advantage when Bonner made it a 24-14 lead with 33 seconds before halftime. Hannah Long cleaned up a Hayley Barber missed three with a put-back layup with three seconds before the buzzer to cut the WCU advantage to 24-16 at the break.

The WCU lead was still seven before back-to-back layups by Rouse brought the Camels within three at 25-22 with 5:28 left in the third. Campbell was finally able to tie the contest at 28-28 on a Price layup with 2:59 on the clock. However, Farrington and Bonner hit back-to-back threes in the final 35 seconds on the third period to send WCU to the fourth with a 34-28 advantage.

Following a short break for exams, the Camels will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 6 against East Tennessee State inside Gore Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.