Lady Camels suffer first league setback at Liberty, 75-52

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 06:53 PM

Campbell fell on Saturday afternoon at the Vines Center to Big South preseason-favorite Liberty, 75-52. Liberty (6-5, 2-0) posted an 18-0 run early in the first half and closed the game on a 24-4 rally.

Campbell (7-4, 2-1) raced out of halftime quickly cutting the Lady Flames' advantage to one, 47-46 at 14:18 remaining with a 19-6 rally. Junior guard Casey Elliott nailed a three-pointer and freshman forward Amanda Coffer hit back-to-back jumpers from beyond the three-point arc to jumpstart the run.

The shooters for the Lady Camels went cold though as Liberty closed the game on a 24-4 run.

Junior guard Kiera Gaines registered a team-high 12 points and six rebounds for Campbell. Roslyn Presley and Coffer scored nine points apiece.

Registering a career-high five assists and adding a pair of treys was Elliott. Four assists were tallied by junior guard D Janelle Brown, who contributed four points.

Four Lady Flames registered double digits in the points – Mickayla Sanders (13), Ashley Rininger (12), Reagan Miller (11) and Catherine Kearney (11). Katelyn Adams pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Liberty shot 42.2 percent for the game, recording a 36-16 advantage on points in the paint. Eight three-point field goals by the Lady Flames kept the Campbell defense off balance.

After Gaines opened the game with the three-point field goal and tied it up with a put back, Liberty opened an 18-0 run as it made 9 of 13 shots from the field to start the game. The run gave Liberty a 23-5 lead with 11:44 left.

Campbell cut the Lady Flame lead to 35-25 with just over two minutes left in the half. Liberty took a 43-29 advantage into the break.

Campbell concludes a three-game road trip on Monday with a 7 p.m. start at Longwood. The Lady Camels open the New Year on Jan. 4 at Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center against rival High Point at 7 p.m.