Camels set defensive milestone in 61-32 win over Winthrop

Summer Price (Will Bratton photo)
Summer Price (Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Summer Price scored a game-high 20 points in Campbell's 61-32 win over Winthrop Tuesday night in a Big South Conference women's basketball matchup from Gore Arena. The Eagles' 32 points was the lowest point tally CU has given up to a conference opponent in the Camels' 30-year NCAA Division I tenure.

The Camels (12-4, 4-1 BSC) converted 27 Eagle (1-16, 0-5 BSC) turnovers into 27 points and held Winthrop without a three pointer (0-for-6), the first opponent this season. CU out-rebounded the Eagles 44-29 and held them to just .298 shooting from the field (14-for-47). Winthrop's four points in the third period was also a program record for the Campbell defense.

Caroline Bowns scored nine points off three three-pointers and added a career-high six rebounds. Brianna Cribb pulled down a game-high eight rebounds and tallied six points. MaKala Rouse had five boards, scored four points, dished out four assists, recorded three steals and tallied a block.

Holding a 42-24 lead after a sloppy third period, the Camels scored 10-straight points to open the fourth period and take a commanding 52-24 lead with 7:52 left to play. Winthrop was only able to get with 24 points of the lead for the remainder of the contest when Danyael Goodhope's layup with 2:44 on the clock made the score 56-32. Breanna Foster and Taya Bolden capped the scoring in the final minutes of action before Campbell claimed the 29-point win.

Goodhope led the Eagles with nine points but tallied nine turnovers despite recording seven steals. WU's top scorer Erica Williams was held to just eight points, five points off her season average that sits fourth in the conference. CiiCii Buford added six points off the bench while Williams and Angela Coello Perez led Winthrop on the boards with five rebounds apiece.

Bowns broke a 4-4 tie with her first three of the contest three minutes into the game. The Camel lead was still three before Bowns drained another triple that give CU a 14-8 advantage with 3:05 left in the opening period.

The Eagles kept it tight when a Buford Layup made the score 16-12 with just over a minute to play in the first. However, Rouse went coast-to-coast on a breakaway layup to send the Camels to the first intermission with an 18-12 advantage.

The Camels tallied the first 16 points of the second period and held a 34-12 advantage with 3:56 showing on the clock. The Eagles struggled offensively in the frame as Buford hit a layup to break a nine-minute scoring drought with two minutes to play before halftime.

Buford's bucket was followed up by a pair of Naima Jackson free throws four a quick four-point swing. However, Price drained her third three of the half to send Campbell to the break leading 37-16.

A slow start for both sides in the third included a five-minute Camel scoring drought that was finally stopped by a Price three pointer with 3:44 showing on the clock with the lead sitting at 42-22. That triple was just half of the Camels' points in the period that saw WU out-score CU 8-5. Marissa Cantrell hit a jumper at the buzzer to cut the Campbell's advantage to 42-24 heading to the fourth.

The Camels will return to action Saturday at Longwood in the second of three-straight weekend road games. Tipoff in Farmville, Virginia is set for 2 p.m.