Bowns hits a program record nine threes in Camels' 70-35 rout of Eagles

Caroline Bowns (Will Bratton photo)
Caroline Bowns (Will Bratton photo)

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ROCK HILL, S.C. --- Caroline Bowns hit a single-game program record nine three pointers in Campbell's 70-35 win at Winthrop Tuesday night. The Camels hit 14 three's overall to also set a new program-best mark.

CU moved to 18-6 overall and still remains in a tie atop the Big South Conference standings with a 10-3 mark in league play. Bowns finished with 30 points, a career-high tally and the most by a Camel this season. Campbell, who leads NCAA Division I in scoring defense for the ninth-straight week, held its seventh opponent under 40 points this season.

Bowns finished 10-of-19 from the field and 9-of-17 from beyond the arc. She also added a game-high seven rebounds, which was also matched by Hannah Long. Hayley Barber scored six points off the bench and dished out a career-high six assists.

As a unit, the Camels attempted a season-high 40 three pointers and shot .424 from the field (25-for-59). Campbell held Winthrop (2-23, 1-12) to .267 shooting (12-for-45), which was the lowest by a conference opponent this season. CU out-rebounded WU 44-30 and converted 19 Eagle turnovers into 22 points.

After a slow start, the Camels outscored the Eagles 27-10 in the third period to take a commanding 53-22 lead to the fourth. Back-to-back layups from Long and five-straight points from Bowns was a part of an 11-3 Camel run to start the second half that pushed the lead to 38-15 four minutes into the third. Alyshia Allison connected on a trey to increase the margin to 46-19 late in the frame before the Camels closed the period with a 7-0 run. Taya Bolden had four points during the stretch.

Bowns connected on her record ninth three at the 5:18 mark of the fourth to put CU up 65-30. Allison hit a pair of free throws with 29 seconds on the clock to give the Camels a game-high 37 point lead at 70-33. Uchechi Ufochukwu closed out the scoring for the Eagles with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to play.

Noell Kellers led Winthrop with 14 points while the Big South's leading scorer, Erica Williams, was held to just six points but had four assists. Teylahna Green led the Eagles on the boards with seven rebounds.

Each side struggled from the field in the opening period as both teams shot below .300 through the first 10 minutes of action. An early three from MaKala Rouse gave the Camels a 5-4 advantage, but it wasn't until Hayley Barber's free throw with 32.2 on the clock that CU re-gained the lead at 9-8. Bowns nailed a triple with five seconds on the clock to put Campbell up 12-8 at the first intermission.

Campbell opened the second period with the first six points that made it a 10-0 run and earned the first double-digit lead of the contest at 18-8 with 6:23 on the clock. Williams broke a nine-minute Eagle scoring drought with a short jumper, but the Camels made it a 15-2 Camel run with six more unanswered points to make it a 24-10 advantage with 1:37 left in the second.

Winthrop was only able to add a pair of free throws in the final minute of the half before Rouse went coast-to-coast for a layup in the final seconds before the break to give the Camels a 26-12 halftime lead. The Eagles' four points in the second period matched a program-low against a Big South opponent that was set earlier in the season against WU.

The Camels will return to action Saturday when they travel to take on in-state rival High Point for a 2 p.m. tipoff.