Lady Camels win on Alumni Reunion day
Junior guard Kiera Gaines and senior forward Roslyn Presley ignited a 17-2 momentum-changing run in the second half to help Campbell knock off first-place Coastal Carolina, 75-68, on Saturday at Gore Arena/ John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center. The Lady Camels celebrated their 1989 and 2000 tournament championship teams at halftime as a part of their Alumni Reunion.
Gaines tied a career-high with 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting overall, which included four three-pointers, and filled up the scoresheet with 17 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Presley tallied 19 points for the Lady Camels (9-7, 4-3 Big South) and came one rebound shy of her second double-double of the campaign vs. Coastal Carolina (8-7, 4-2 Big South).
The Lady Camels out-scored the Chanticleers 52-37 in the second-half, hitting 17 of 27 (63.0 percent) shots from the field and six three-pointers. Gaines and Presley combined for 33 second-half points for Campbell.
Campbell began to find confidence in the second half when sophomore guard RaeChaun Edwards and junior guard D Janelle Brown hit back-to-back threes. A Presley lay in and foul at 13:04 put Campbell on top 44-43 with 13:05 left for the first time in the half.
After the Chanticleers went ahead by seven, Presley began the final comeback with six points in a 90-second stretch to give Campbell a 54-52 lead with 8:23 to go. Nine straight points by Gaines increased the Camel advantage to 63-53.
Coastal Carolina fought back to within five points three times, but the Lady Camels continued their hot shooting and had an answer. Edwards, who finished with nine points, and Gaines were 4 for 4 down the stretch from the charity stripe to close the game out.
Transition baskets fueled the Campbell offense with 20 turnovers leading to 28 points. The Chanticleers turned 19 Lady Camel miscues into 19 points.
Brown connected on two three-point field goals and scored 10 points, while Ashley James added eight points.
Five players for the Chanticleers hit double-figures with Angelica Henry leading the way with 25 points and nine rebounds. Coastal Carolina took a 31-23 lead into the break.
Campbell shot 25.8 percent from the field in the first half.
The Lady Camels honored their 1989 Big South and 2000 Atlantic Sun (formerly Trans Atlantic Athletic Conference) Tournament Champions. Players, coaches and managers from the teams were recognized at halftime.
Campbell will travel to Gardner-Webb on Thursday for a special 11 a.m. tip in Boiling Springs. The Lady Camels' next contest at Gore Arena is set for Jan. 23 against Winthrop at 7 p.m.