HIGH POINT, N.C. --- In a game that featured eight lead changes and six ties, Campbell outscored High Point 39-22 in the second half on the way to a 69-53 victory at the Millis Center Saturday afternoon. Brianna Cribb led four Camels in double-figures with 17 points and Hannah Long nearly had a double-double with nine points and 14 rebounds.
It was the Camels' 19th win of the season as they moved to 19-6 overall and 11-3 in the Big South. Campbell still remains in a tie for first place in the league with Radford but officially clinched a first-round bye in the conference tournament with Saturday's victory.
Summer Price added 14 points with a game-high six assists and five rebounds while Hayley Barber scored 13 points off the bench. MaKala Rouse added 10 points, dished out five assists and had two steals. Cribb's scoring tally and Long's performance on the boards were both career-high marks.
It was just a 31-30 High Point (11-13, 9-4) lead at the half and the Panthers held a 39-34 midway through the third period. Back-to-back threes from Caroline Bowns and Price re-gained the lead for the Camels before Cribb hit a pair of free throws to put Campbell up 42-39 with 1:18 showing on the clock. Carol-Ann Obusek converted a pair at the line to break a four-minute Panther scoring drought with 41 seconds to play in the third.
Cribb nailed a triple just a few seconds later and Barber hit two free throws in the final seconds of the frame to send Campbell to the fourth with a 48-41 lead. Overall, it was a 14-2 run for the Camels over the last five minutes of the third.
Cribb drained her career-high third trey of the game early in the fourth to give either side its first double-digit lead of the game at 51-41. Emma Bockrath answered with a three on the other end, but the Camels used a 9-2 run, that was capped by a Price three, to go ahead 60-46 with 6:43 left to play.
Kat Harris gave the Panthers one last hope at a comeback with a triple on the other end, but CU answered with seven unanswered points to put the game out of reach with a 67-48 lead and 3:51 remaining. HPU only could draw back within 16 of the lead down the stretch before the Camels took home the victory.
Harris and Lindsey Edwards each had 15 points for the Panthers, who were swept by the Camels in regular season action for the first time ever as NCAA opponents. Edwards led HPU on the boards but overall the Panthers were out-rebounded by the Camels 40-23. After shooting a sizzling .700 in the first period (7-for-10), High Point finished at .389 shooting from the field (21-for-54). HPU had entered the contest as winners of six-straight after falling to the Camels on the road Jan. 24.
The competitive first half featured five lead changes and neither side led by more than five in the first 20 minutes of action. Barber countered a 5-0 Panther run early with a three that cut the HPU lead to 9-7. High Point's advantage stayed around four for the latter part of the opening period, but a running layup by Price at the first period buzzer cut the deficit to 15-14 at the first intermission.
Campbell took its first lead since 4-2 on a three-pointer from Cribb that made the score 26-25 with 3:13 left in the second period. The lead changed hands four times over the next two minutes before a Camryn Brown jumper put HPU up 31-28 with 1:09 on the clock. The Camels got the final possession of the first half and Long hit a contested layup with nine seconds remaining to cut the deficit to one at the break.
With the win, Campbell moves to a perfect 9-0 against North Carolina opponents this season. CU also shot a season-high .842 (16-for-19) from the free throw stripe.
The Camels will return to action in the first of their final two regular season home games at Gore Arena on Tuesday night when they welcome Presbyterian for a 7 p.m. tip.