Lady Camels extend win streak, take down Longwood 63-54
Kiera Gaines totaled 12 points and eight rebounds and Heather Beadle scored a career-high 10 points off the bench as Campbell (13-8, 8-4) won its fourth straight game, beating Longwood (6-15, 3-9) 63-54 in a Big South game at Gore Arena Thursday night.
The Lady Camels sweep Longwood for the regular season, having won 74-55 earlier this season in Farmville, Va.
Gaines, CU’s leading scorer, added four assists, three steals and two blocks. Beadle went 3 for 3 from the field and 4 for 4 from the foul line. She helped the Campbell bench total 33 points.
Longwood’s Daeisha Brown led all scorers with 16 points while adding five rebounds and three steals.
“I thought we really looked flat at the beginning and didn’t shoot the ball well, and that creates problems,” head coach Wanda Watkins said.
“I thought Longwood came to play." Watkins said. "I thought our kids redeemed themselves and we worked our way through that rough start and finally started to play with chemistry in the second half.”
Campbell started the game 5 of 17 from the field and committed seven turnovers in the first 11 minutes of play.
The Lady Camels then turned their play around with a 17-7 run to take the lead with 6:45 to go before the break. Campbell held the lead the rest of the way.
The largest lead for Campbell was 19 and came at the 4:49 mark in the second half. Beadle scored six straight points for the Lady Camels, putting CU up 56-37.
The Lancers attempted a comeback with a two-minute 9-2 run, trimming the Campbell lead to 60-52 with 49 seconds remaining, but that was as close as the Lancers could get.
“I was not pleased with the end of the game,” Watkins said. “We have to be ready all the way and work to protect our lead, but I thought we got a great lift from our bench tonight.”
Jessica Pone netted three free throws in the final 43 seconds to secure the Lady Camel victory. She finished with seven points and a career-high four assists.
The Lady Camels had 17 assists, sitting at their league-leading average. They shot 42.6 percent from the field and were 50.0 percent from beyond the arc, tying their season-best from three-point range.
Campbell was also 81.8 percent (18 for 22) from the charity stripe, well above its season average of 65.1 percent.
The Lady Camels return to Gore Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m., hosting Liberty in their annual “Camels for a Cure” game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer research.