Strong second half propels Camels past Panthers 58-33

MaKala Rouse (Will Bratton photo)
MaKala Rouse (Will Bratton photo)

 

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- The Campbell women's basketball team outscored High Point 13-4 in the fourth period to pull away and claim a 58-33 victory Tuesday night at Gore Arena. Summer Price led three Camels in double figures with 14 points and MaKala Rouse tallied a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Camels improved to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the Big South to remain in a tie at the top of the league standings. The Panthers (5-13, 3-4 BSC) were the eighth team this season that the Camels held under 40 points to add to their NCAA-best scoring defense. HPU, the top scoring offense in the Big South, was held to its lowest scoring output of the season.

Summer Price, the reigning Big South Player of the Week, claimed her third-straight double-figure scoring effort while Rouse tallied her first double-double of the season and added a game-high five assists. Brianna Cribb scored 10 points with four rebounds and three assists. Hannah Long added six points and pulled down seven boards.

A three-point play from Rouse opened the second half and was a part of a 7-0 start to the third period for the Camels, as their advantage sat at 37-21 midway through the frame. After the Panthers scored their first points of the half at the 5:02 mark, it turned into six unanswered to draw back within 10 at 37-27.

A Rouse jumper followed by a quick bucket by Kaylah Keys occurred right before Campbell tallied five points in the final minute of the period as part of a 10-4 run to take a 45-29 advantage to the fourth.

Following an early basket by the Panthers' Kennedy Currie, the Camels put the game out of reach with a 10-0 run, that included a Hayley Barber three, to take a 57-31 lead with 3:13 left to play. Shea Morgan broke a seven-minute Panther scoring drought to cap HPU's scoring with 2:32 still left to play. Overall the Panthers only hit one of its final 13 field goals and was held to .292 shooting (14-for-14) for the game.

High Point entered the contest with three double-figure scorers but didn't register one in the contest. Morgen led the Panthers with nine points while Camryn Brown and Kaylah Keys had five points apiece. Leading scorer Emma Bockrath was limited to just two points but had a team-high seven rebounds.

An early 5-0 Camel run to start the game preempted a narrow 8-7 Campbell advantage midway through the opening period. The Panthers took their only lead of the game at 10-8 off a 7-0 run but it only lasted 23 seconds. The spurt was matched by a Cribb triple and Long hit a late layup to give the Camels a 13-12 lead at the first intermission.

Price opened the second with an early three pointer to put Campbell ahead 16-12. However, the lead was just 18-17 with 6:20 on the clock after a Keys three pointer. Back-to-back layups from Price earned Campbell a 22-17 advantage.

Price's baskets kicked off a 10-2 spurt that gave CU its first double-digit lead of the game at 30-19 with 28 seconds left before halftime. Brown hit a contested jumper in the final seconds of the half to cut the Camels' halftime advantage to 30-21.

The Camels will return to action back out on the road Saturday for another key Big South matchup at Gardner-Webb. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.