Camels win Puerto Rico Clasico after 62-51 victory over Morgan State

Camels win Puerto Rico Clasico after 62-51 victory over Morgan State

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico --- Led by four double-figure scorers, the Campbell women's basketball team won the Puerto Rico Clasico with a 62-51 victory over Morgan State on Tuesday night. Summer Price had a team-high 15 points for the Camels (7-3) while Brianna Cribb pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

The Camels only trailed for 57 seconds in the contest and shot .488 from the field (21-for-43), just percentage points off their season-high tally. CU also shot a season best .682 (15-for-22) from the free-throw stripe. Campbell defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 51-31 on Monday and was the only team in the event to finish with a perfect 2-0 record.

It was the first time this season that the Camels had four players finish in double-figures. MaKala Rouse, Caroline Bowns and Hannah Long each scored 11 points while Cribb nearly made it five double-figure scorers with nine points. Price connected on 6-of-11 shots from the field and added a season-high six steals with three assists and three rebounds.

Morgan State (2-7) trailed 48-32 entering the fourth period before opening the final frame with a 7-0 run to cut the Campbell lead to single digits with 7:25 to play. However, a Cribb basket triggered a 9-0 Camel spurt to push the advantage to 56-39 at the 4:33 mark of the fourth.

CU's lead was 61-45 before a Tykyrah Williams three-pointer cut the deficit to 13 with 1:08 left to play. After a Rouse free throw, MSU scored three points in the final minute of action to only come within 11 before the final whistle.

Braennan Farrar led all scorers with 22 points for the Bears while Williams tallied nine. Chelsea Mitchell led Morgan State on the boards with four rebounds, but as a team Morgan State trailed the Camels 32-26. MSU did have a slight turnover advantage at 18-16 while the Camel bench outscored MSU's reserves 16-12.

Price tallied the first six Camel points over the first two and a half minutes of the contest as Campbell held a 6-2 advantage. The Bears responded with a quick 6-0 spurt to take its lone lead of the game at 8-6 with 3:40 to go in the first. The Camels answered with a 9-0 run to end the period on three-straight three's to lead 15-8 at the first intermission.

Bowns opened the second period with her third-straight three to make it an 18-8 advantage, the Camels' first double-digit lead of the contest. It was a quick 5-0 Bear run to draw back within five of the lead, but Long scored six-straight points to put CU up 24-13 with 6:30 to play before halftime. Campbell went the next five minutes without a field goal, but Tiffany Daniel broke the streak with a layup at the 1:11 mark before the Camels took a 28-17 lead at the break.

Campbell led by as many as 19 in the game as a Price jumper capped an 8-0 run to make the score 38-19 with 6:49 to play in the third. Farrar answered with five-straight points, but a pair of Hayley Barber free throws pushed the advantage to 41-25 with 3:44 on the clock. A late jumper by Long in the third sent CU to the fourth with the 16-point advantage.

The Camels will take the next nine days off for the Christmas holiday before returning to the court on Thursday, Dec. 29th at home against Columbia College in the final non-conference game of the season. Tipoff from Gore Arena is set for 7:00 p.m. and admission for the contest will be free.