St. Francis (Pa.) tops Campbell 79-68 in WBI First Round

Summer Price (Scarboroughphotography.com)
Summer Price (Scarboroughphotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Four Camels scored in double-figures, but St. Francis (Pa.) defeated Campbell 79-68 in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational Thursday night at Gore Arena. Summer Price led all scorers with 22 points.

Campbell finished the season with a 21-10 overall record, the eighth 20-win campaign in program history. The Camels made their first postseason appearance since 2000 after finishing second in the Big South Conference with a 13-5 league mark.

Campbell head coach Ronny Fisher was named the Big South Coach of the Year after leading the Camels to an eight-win turnaround in his first season on the sidelines. CU has held the top scoring defense in NCAA Division I for the past 13 weeks and finishes the year holding opponents to just 49.6 points per game.

CU used a 13-0 run early in the third period to tie the game at 41-41 midway through the frame. The Red Flash (17-14) used a 5-0 spurt to take a 53-48 advantage with 1:41 on the clock. SFU took a 55-51 lead to the fourth period after a late layup from Samiah Bethel.

Campbell took its first lead of the game at 59-58 with 6:15 left to play when Hannah Long converted a contested layup and got fouled. The Flash re-took the lead in the next possession and held a narrow 62-61 advantage with 5:29 showing on the clock.

Following a layup from Price, the Flash used an 11-2 run over a four minute stretch to take a 73-63 lead with 1:27 remaining in the contest. Campbell scored the next four to draw back within six. However, that's as close as it would get before SFU took home the 11-point victory.

Senior Brianna Cribb pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds and tallied a double-double with 10 points in her final collegiate contest. Bria Emanuel, who also wrapped-up her collegiate career, tallied 14 points off the bench while MaKala Rouse scored 11. Price matched a career-high eight rebounds and registered her seventh 20-point effort of the season.

Maya Wynn and Jessica Hovatch each scored a team-high 20 points for St. Francis, who now move on to face Milwaukee in the quarterfinals of the WBI. Bethel finished with 12 points off the bench while Ace Harrison just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

The Camels held a commanding 56-36 rebounding advantage but were plagued by a season-high 25 turnovers, which led to 29 points for the Flash. CU also held a 36-28 advantage for points in the paint.

A 9-0 run for SFU put the Camels in a 9-1 hole midway through the first period. Five-straight points drew the Camels within 12-9 of the lead with 1:57 to go in the frame, but a late three by Wynn gave the Flash a 21-13 lead at the first intermission.

St. Francis led by as many as 13 early in the second. However, the Camels cut into the Flash's 28-17 advantage with an 8-0 run that was capped by a Breanna Foster triple. SFU quickly answered right back with an 8-0 spurt of its own, and two free throws by Katie Reese with three seconds to go in the first half sent the Flash to the break with a 38-28 advantage.