Free throw gives Lady Camels last-second victory
Kiera Gaines made a free throw with 3.6 seconds remaining in the game to give Campbell an 82-81 victory over Coastal Carolina in a Big South game Thursday night at the HTC Center.
Roslyn Presley notched a career-high 29 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double. All five starters for the Lady Camels (15-9, 10-5) scored in double digits for the first time since Dec. 14, 2011.
A.J. Jordan tallied 26 points for the Chanticleers (11-14, 7-9).
The Lady Camels shot 50.0 percent, going 32-for-64, from the floor and were 7-for-16 from beyond the arc. Their 82 points tied their season high, set against Erskine on Nov. 9.
Presley was 12-of-23, including a three pointer, and was 4-for-5 from the free throw line. Six of her 10 rebounds came off the offensive glass.
Gaines finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, after going scoreless in the first half.
Rounding out Campbell’s double digit scorers was Ashley James (14), D Janelle Brown (13), and RaeChaun Edwards (13).
With 25 seconds to go, Jordan hit a jumper to knot the score at 81, the tenth tie of the game.
On the final CU possession, Gaines drove to the basket and was fouled by Karsen Sims with 3.6 seconds to go, earning two free throws. She missed the first, but converted the second, putting the Lady Camels up one, 82-81.
Coming out of the Coastal timeout, Angelica Henry made a three at the buzzer that was waved off.
Coastal led by as many as 10 in the game, going ahead 42-32 with 19:31 left in the second half. CU mounted a comeback and took the one-point lead, 72-71, with 3:47 to play after Brown converted a layup on the assist from Edwards after Gaines grabbed a steal.
The score was tied four times after the play with neither team leading by more than two in the final four minutes.
Campbell started the game draining its first three attempts, running out to a 7-0 lead in the opening two minutes.
The Lady Camels extended the lead to eight, 19-11, their largest of the game, with 12:33 to go before the break. CU held the Chants scoreless for three minutes, knocking down four buckets, including two from James, to take the eight-point margin.
Coastal Carolina took its first lead with 4:35 to go in the half, after Henry nailed a three, putting the Chants up 26-23.
James put in a layup to bring CU within two, 32-30, with 2:22 to go, but the Lady Camels couldn’t score from the field for the rest of the half. Coastal used the drought and went into the locker room on an 8-2 sprint, with four Chants scoring.
The Lady Camels drive down the coast on Saturday for a 2 p.m. matchup against Charleston Southern in the Buc Dome.