Camels hit 10 three's in 66-54 win over Lancers

MaKala Rouse (Courtesy of Mike Kropf)
MaKala Rouse (Courtesy of Mike Kropf)

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FARMVILLE, Va. --- The Campbell women's basketball team hit 10 three pointers in its 66-54 win over Longwood Saturday at Willett Hall. Summer Price led three Camels (13-4, 5-1 BSC) in double-figures with a game-high 20 points.

CU hit five-straight three pointers in the third period that helped turn a narrow 24-22 halftime lead to a 46-32 advantage with just under a minute to play before the start of the fourth. After Campbell lead by as many as 23 early in the final stanza, a 10-0 Lancer (3-14, 0-6) run helped cut the deficit to 10 late in the game. However, it was a little too late as the Camels sealed the win with free throws down the stretch.

Caroline Bowns scored a career-high 15 points on five three pointers to become the third Camel to hit that mark this season. MaKala Rouse added 12 points while Bria Emanuel and Brianna Cribb led Campbell on the boards with six rebounds apiece. It was Price's second-straight 20-point effort and the third of the season.

The Camels shot a season-high .511 from the field (23-for-45) and their 10 triples was the program's most in two years. Longwood was .360 from the field (18-for-50) and .909 from the free throw stripe (10-for-11) but was out-scored 24-14 in the paint and out-rebounded 34-26.

Micaela Ellis led the Lancers with 13 points while Khaila Hall, Autumn Childress, Kate Spradlin and Brenna Robbins each scored eight points apiece. Childress pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.

The Camels jumped out to an early 7-2 advantage with all seven points coming from Price. However, The Lancers quickly tied the game at 7-7 midway through the opening period on a three from Childress. It was a 12-0 run that gave LWU a 15-7 lead before Rouse broke up a nearly five minute Camel scoring drought on a jumper with one minute on the clock. The Lancers led 17-8 lead at the first intermission after a late bucket from Ellis.

The Camels cut the deficit to 17-16 with the first eight points of the second period and held the Lancers scoreless for the first 6:20 of the frame. Robbins nailed a three to finally break the long drought and extend Longwood's advantage to 20-16. Bowns answered with a triple, but LWU still held a 22-19 lead with two minutes left before halftime. The Camels responded with a 5-0 spurt to end the half, which was capped by a Price tray, to take a 24-22 lead at the break.

The Campbell advantage was 31-26 early in the third period after Bowns hit a tray. Breanna Foster connected on a triple to keep the Campbell lead at five (34-29) midway through the frame before Price nailed a long range three to extend the advantage to 37-29.

Price made it three-straight trays a few minutes later as CU took its first double-digit lead of the game at 40-29 with 1:51 left in the third period. The Camels stayed hot from long range when Bowns nailed two more triples to make it a 15-3 run and a 46-32 advantage. A Rouse layup with 22 seconds left sent the Camels to the fourth with a 50-34 lead.

The Camels' largest lead was 57-34 with 5:50 left to play when a 7-0 run was capped by Bowns' fifth three of the day. The Lancers answered with 10-straight points that included an Ashlee Jones tray, but Hannah Long hit a layup to break up the run and put the Camels up 59-44 with 2:28 on the clock. Campbell hit seven of 10 free throws in the remainder of the contest to claim its third-straight win.

The Camels will return to action Tuesday night when in-state rival High Point travels to Buies Creek for a 7 p.m. tip inside Gore Arena.