Camels get win No. 20 with 50-42 triumph over Presbyterian

MaKala Rouse (Will Bratton Photo)
MaKala Rouse (Will Bratton Photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell clinched its eighth 20-win season in its 44-year program history Tuesday night with a 50-42 victory over Presbyterian at Gore Arena. Hannah Long led the Camels with her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

With three games left in the regular season, this year's Camels (20-6, 12-3 BSC) became the fastest team in program history to hit the 20-win plateau and just the fourth squad to do so in regular season play. Campbell still sits in a tie with Radford at the top of the Big South Conference standings after Tuesday's action.

Summer Price matched Long's 12 points, which all came in the second half. Brianna Cribb added seven points and five rebounds while MaKala Rouse scored six points, dished out a game-high seven rebounds and had three blocks. Long hit the 14-rebound mark for the second-straight game and both were career-high tallies.

The Camels were plagued by 10 first half turnovers but only committed five in the final 20 minutes of play. CU finished the game at .465 shooting from the field (20-for-43) after shooting a sizzling .615 (8-for-13) in the fourth period. Campbell, who entered the contest with the top scoring defense in NCAA Division I, held an opponent under 50 points for the 12th time this season.

A three from Price gave the Camels their first lead of the second half at 27-25 with 1:46 to play in the third period. Rebecca Walker quickly answered with a jumper to re-tie the game, but a triple from Hayley Barber with 13 seconds on the clock and her block on PC's jumper at the buzzer sent Campbell to the fourth period with a 30-27 advantage.

The Camel lead had grown to five on back-to-back layups from Bria Emanuel before Janie Miles hit back-to-back threes to put the Blue Hose back on top at 35-34 with 8:07 left to play. Campbell quickly re-took the lead on a layup from Long and a trey from Price before Cortney Storey's jumper cut the deficit to 43-40 with 4:06 remaining.

Cribb answered with a contested layup to push the lead back to five before Price hit a dagger from behind the arc to give the Camels a 48-40 advantage with 3:12 on the clock, the largest lead by either side in the contest. A Rouse jumper with 1:55 left kept the Campbell lead at eight after a jumper by Wagner had cut it to six. Storey missed a three on the other end and the Camels were able to run out the clock for the rest of the contest to seal the win.

Storey led all scorers with 13 points while Miles tallied nine. Storey and Aianna Kelly each had a team-high four rebounds as the Blue Hose were out-rebounded as a team by a 32-20 margin. Wagner added seven points off the bench.

An early three for Cribb gave the Camels a 5-0 advantage, but a three from Wagner knotted the game at 7-7 with 3:45 left in the opening frame. PC took a 9-7 lead to the second period after holding Campbell scoreless for the final four minutes of the first.

The Camels broke their scoring drought with back-to-back baskets to open the second period and led 14-11 on a triple by Caroline Bowns. It was a narrow 15-14 advantage midway through the frame before Miles drained a trey to give the Blue Hose a 17-15 lead with 1:56 showing on the clock. That score held until Kelly hit a pair of free throws with 2.1 seconds left before the break to send the Blue Hose to the locker room with a 19-15 advantage.

The Camels will close out the home portion of its 2016-17 regular season schedule Saturday against Gardner-Webb. Prior to the contest, the team will honor its two seniors Cribb and Emanuel.