Lady Camel comeback at Wake Forest falls short
After Campbell cut Wake Forest's lead to 60-58 with 4:39 remaining following an 8-0 Lady Camel run, Wake Forest converted an 8-3 run to help secure a 73-65 victory on Wednesday night at Joel Coliseum.
Junior guard Jessica Moore registered a career-best 19 points for CU, going 4-for-8 from beyond the three-point arc.
Eighteen of Dearica Hamby's 28 points were in the second half to aid the Demon Deacons (1-1) to their first win of the season. Chelsea Douglas chipped in 22 points, while Ataija Taylor contributed 10.
The Lady Camels (1-1) saw junior guard D Janelle Brown notch a season-best 18 points off the bench. Both sophomore guard Kiera Gaines, who totaled 15 points, and D Brown went 3-for-4 beyond the arc.
Campbell made 10 three-point field goals including the first three jumpers of the game, while hitting them at a 50-percent clip.
After Wake Forest opened on a 7-0 run, Gaines drilled a trey from the top of the arc to put Campbell on the board. Brown and Moore added threes in the first nine minutes.
Following one of the four first-half blocks by freshman forward Amanda Coffer, Brown made a lay-up in transition to bring Campbell within 27-22 with 3:09 left until halftime. Wake Forest responded with 10 straight points and eventually took a 39-23 advantage into halftime.
Fouls started to open the game up for the Lady Camels as Wake Forest committed 16 in the second half. Campbell was in the bonus with 12 minutes left on the clock, but the team converted just 15-of-26 (50.7 percent) free throws during the game.
After Douglas made a lay-up with under 11 minutes remaining, the Lady Camels made their run as Moore trimmed the deficit to 54-45 with a three-pointer.
A trey from Gaines, a lay-up by senior guard Roslyn Presley, who scored nine points, and a three from Brown put the Lady Camels down just two, 56-54 with 7:09 left. Head coach Wanda Watkins utilized a full-court press to force Wake Forest into mistakes, creating opportunities for baskets in transition.
Campbell was unable to score the next bucket that would have knotted the contest, but was still hanging around with 4:39 left as Gaines drove to the basket for a lay-up, 60-58. A three by Douglas and a jumper from Hamby stretched the Wake Forest lead to 69-61 with 2:50 remaining.
Campbell will battle Western Carolina on Saturday with a 7 p.m. start inside Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center. Wake Forest will travel to Delaware on Saturday for an 8 p.m. tip.