Team effort leads Lady Camels over Coastal Carolina, 64-54

Jan. 04, 2013 @ 03:32 PM

Campbell head coach Wanda Watkins notched her 250th conference win in her 32nd season as the Lady Camels returned to its Big South schedule on Thursday night and topped Coastal Carolina, 64-54, at Gore Arena/John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center.

Freshman guard Zena Lovette paced Campbell with 11 points as the remaining four starters each scored eight or more points.

Campbell improved to 2-0 in the Big South and 10-2 overall, while Coastal Carolina fell to 6-7 and 1-2 in league play.

Watkins has led Campbell to 157 wins in the Atlantic Sun Conference and 93 in the Big South.

The Lady Camels shot 40.7 percent for the game and set a season-best shooting 55.5 percent from three-point range. Lovette drilled a team-high two threes.

A trio of Campbell players registered nine points in senior guard Tonisha Baker, junior forward Ashley James and junior guard Monique Spry, while sophomore Kiera Gaines contributed eight. Spry also surpassed a season-high by adding seven rebounds.

Campbell was very effective in transition scoring 29 points off of 20 Chanticleer turnovers, including 16 points on the fast-break.

The Chanticleers were paced by A.J. Jordan with 13 points followed by Alexx Pluckett with 12 and Angelica Henry with 10.

The game was the battle of two halves as Campbell was dominant in the first, out-scoring Coastal Carolina, 38-18, but the Chanticleers came back in the second to post a 36-28 advantage.

Campbell started quick in the first half on an 18-2 run through the first 7:44 of the game as six steals fueled the offense to 11 points off turnovers. Lovette and junior guard Jessica Moore drained shots from beyond the three-point arc, while Baker, Gaines and Spry made field goals

Coming out of the break, Jordan hit four jumpers and Pluckett added three more to ignite a 19-8 run for Coastal Carolina in the first 9:30.

A series of Chanticleer mistakes sparked a 13-5 CU run that brought the Campbell lead to 64-44 with 4:33 left.

The Lady Camels continue a Big South stretch of three games in five days on Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest against Presbyterian College, which is followed by the men's game vs. Gardner-Webb.