Camels' win streak snapped with home loss to Radford

MaKala Rouse (Will Bratton Photo)
MaKala Rouse (Will Bratton Photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- The Campbell women's basketball team saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end with a 61-42 loss to Big South Conference leaders Radford on Tuesday night at Gore Arena. Brianna Cribb led the Camels (10-4, 2-1 BSC) with a career-high 16 points.

The Highlanders (11-3, 3-0) led wire-to-wire en route to the win in the matchup featuring the two-previously unbeaten teams in conference action. RU held a 38-23 rebounding advantage and finished the game on an 11-5 run over the last 5:50 of action to seal the win. Radford shot a blistering .500 from the field (24-for-48), which included five three pointers.

Cribb connected on 5-of-10 shooting and also led Campbell on the boards with six rebounds. Caroline Bowns tallied 10 points while the Camels' two leading double-figure scorers Summer Price and MaKala Rouse were held to just four and two points respectively.

It was an early 9-0 start for the Highlanders before the Camels got on the board off a Rouse jumper at the 6:31 mark of the first. A Bowns' three pointer followed the bucket to draw CU back within four, but the Camels still faced a 15-7 deficit with two minutes to play in the opening frame. Campbell scored the final four points of the first period to draw within 17-13 of the Highlander lead at the first intermission.

An early second period three for Claudia Quevedo extended the lead, which helped the Highlanders take the first double-digit advantage of the contest at 27-17 with 5:50 left in the second. It was the first time the Camels trailed by double-figures in 10 games.

The Camels were able to draw back within nine on two occasions but faced a 33-22 halftime deficit after a Taya Bolden jumper in the final minute ended the first half scoring.

Campbell opened the third period on a 5-0 spurt to come within six of the lead just two minutes into the session. Jayda Worthy drained a three pointer two minutes later to bring the advantage back to 11 at 40-29.

The Camels were still trying to crawl back from the double-digit advantage at 42-32 midway through the frame before a long scoring drought by both sides ensued. The only points in the final five minutes of the third came off a Syndey Nunley layup at the buzzer that send the Highlanders to the fourth with a 44-32 lead.

Hayley Barber broke a nearly seven minute Camel scoring drought with a layup that cut the Radford advantage to 46-34 with 8:40 to play. RU led by 16 on two occasions later in the frame. The second one was capped by a Khiana Johnson tray that made the score 53-37. The Camels could only get back within 12 of the lead through the final five minutes of action before Radford claimed the victory.

Three Highlanders finished in double-figures led by a game-high 17 points from Worthy, who also had a game-high nine rebounds. Johnson tallied 14 points off the bench while and Janayla White had 11 points and eight rebounds. The Camels forced 17 Radford turnovers but could only convert those to 11 points.

Despite the loss, the Camels are still tied for the best record through 14 games into a season in the program's 30-year NCAA Division I tenure.

Campbell will return to action on the road Saturday at Presbyterian in a homecoming matchup for head coach Ronny Fisher and various members of the Camels' coaching staff.