Camels open Puerto Rico Clasico with 51-31 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

MaKala Rouse
(ScarboroughPhotography.com)
MaKala Rouse (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico --- The Campbell women's basketball team opened its portion of the Puerto Rico Clasico with a 51-31 victory over the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum. Summer Price led all scorers with 15 points while MaKala Rouse had a career-high 16 rebounds.

The Camels (6-3) led wire-to-wire in the victory and held UAPB to just three points in the opening period, a program record. CU, the top scoring defense in NCAA DI, held its fourth opponent of the season under 40 points and the Golden Lions' (2-7) 31 points were the second-lowest opponent scoring line of the season. Campbell limited UAPB to just .264 shooting from the field (14-for-53) and .167 (1-for-6) from beyond the arc.

Bria Emanuel scored 12 points off the bench including 10-straight points in the fourth period to help CU pull away for good. As a unit, the Camel bench scored a season-high 26 points. Rouse was just two points away from a double-double with eight points and her 16 rebounds was the highest tally for a Camel on the boards in two seasons.

The Camels took their first 20-point advantage of the game at 38-18 with a Price jumper to open the fourth period scoring. After an almost five-minute scoring drought, Emanuel reeled off 10-straight points for Campbell and turned a 38-22 lead to a 48-27 advantage. After a Kelly Post free throw, Emanuel hit two at the line to close out the Camels' scoring with 22 seconds left to play.

Niya Head led UAPB with nine points while Shawntayla Harris pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds. The Camels recorded a season-high 59 rebounds and out-rebounded the Lions 59-33. UAPB forced 19 Camel turnovers but could only turn them into nine points.

A slow start for both sides saw the Camels holding just a 4-1 lead three minutes into the contest. It was a 7-3 advantage when a Taya Bolden layup kicked off an 11-0 spurt to end the first period and give the Camels an 18-3 lead at the break.

It was a 13-0 run early in the second period on a Rouse jumper before Head broke a nearly 10-miunute scoring drought for the Lions to cut the Campbell advantage to 20-5. Both sides struggled from the field midway through the second before Tiffany Daniel and Rouse each tallied points in the final minute of the half to send the Camels to a 28-9 lead at the break.

The Camels didn't score its first points of the second half until Summer Price drained a three pointer with 4:10 on the clock in the third period. The Lions scored five points during the Camels' scoring drought, but Price's three kicked off a Campbell 5-0 spurt to make the lead 33-14 with 3:44 on the clock. UAPB ended up out-scoring CU 9-8 in the third but still faced a 36-18 deficit heading to the final frame.

Campbell will wrap-up play in the Puerto Rico Clasico on Tuesday when it faces Morgan State at 5:30 p.m. (EST).