Camels cruise past Lancers 74-50

Bria Emanuel (Scarboroughphotography.com)
Bria Emanuel (Scarboroughphotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Bria Emanuel registered a double-double and Summer Price scored 21 points to lead Campbell to a 74-50 victory over Longwood Saturday at Gore Arena. Emanuel finished with 15 points and10 rebounds while Price registered her fourth 20-point effort over the last six contests.

Campbell improves to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in the Big South Conference while remaining in a tie for the lead atop the league standings. The Camels also claim a season-sweep of the Lancers (3-18, 0-10) for the second-straight season after a 66-54 victory on the road back on Jan. 21.

Caroline Bowns scored 11 points to give the Camels three double-figure scorers while Breanna Foster nearly made it four after adding nine points off the bench. Taya Bolden tallied six points and six rebounds while Brianna Cribb also had six boards. MaKala Rouse finished with seven points and assisted on six baskets.

The Camels only committed a season-low five turnovers while forcing 18 Lancer turnovers and turning them into 17 points. CU also held a 34-20 advantage in points in the paint and scored 13 second chance points with the help of 14 offensive rebounds.

After already leading 35-20 at halftime, Bowns nailed three trays in the first four minutes of the third period as a part of an 11-4 run that pushed the advantage to 46-24 with 5:46 showing on the clock. A Foster triple gave the Camels their largest lead of the game, 57-32, at the 1:53 mark of the third period before a pair of Longwood threes cut the deficit to 59-38 heading to the fourth.

The Lancers could only come within 18 points of the lead in the fourth after a 6-0 run turned CU's 64-40 lead to 64-46 with 5:34 left to play. Campbell answered with the next five points, which included a Foster tray, and held a 71-50 advantage after Kemari Jones closed out Longwood's scoring with a layup with 2:31 on the clock. Foster completed a three-point play in the final minute of action to close out the Camels' 24-point victory.

Eboni Gilliam led Longwood with 20 points and five rebounds. Autumn Childress and Jada Russell added six points apiece while Khaila Hall had a game-high seven assists but committed six turnovers. The Camels held the Lancers to a season-low 38 field goal attempts while converting 27-of-60 (.450) of their own.

The Camels came out firing with a 15-0 start to the game with the help of back-to-back three's from Rouse and Price. Price had 10 points in the opening run before the Lancers were on the board with a pair of free throws at the 4:17 mark of the first period. Those free throws kicked off a 6-0 Longwood spurt to cut into the deficit but Campbell took an 18-6 lead to the first intermission.

An early 6-0 run to start the second extended the advantage to 24-8 and forced a Longwood timeout at the 8:21 mark. A jumper by Bolden made it an 8-0 run before the Lancers scored the next five to draw back within 26-13 of the lead midway through the frame. A Price triple put CU up 31-16 with 3:45 left before halftime and Emanuel registered four points in the final two minutes of the opening half that helped give the Camels a 15-point advantage at the break.

The Camels will return to action Tuesday on the road at Charleston Southern looking for the season-sweep of the Buccaneers.