Campbell defeats Gardner-Webb 63-46 in Big South quarters
Campbell wrapped a 17-2 run around halftime and went on to defeat Gardner-Webb 63-46 Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championship at the HTC Center.
RaeChaun Edwards led a balanced attack with 15 points, while Roslyn Presley added 12 points for Campbell, which made 8 of its first 9 shots in the second period, including 4 of 4 threes. Kiera Gaines and Summer Leverette scored nine each for Campbell, which shot 56 percent after intermission and led by as many as 24.
The fourth-seeded Lady Camels (19-11) advance to the semifinals for the second straight year. Campbell will meet top-seed High Point (21-9) at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Candace Brown, with 11 points, was the lone player in double digits for Gardner-Webb, which shot just 27 percent (16-59) for the game.
Campbell closed the first half on a 10-2 run and led 27-20 at the break. D Janelle Brown opened the second half with a trey, Presley spun in the lane for a left-handed layup and Brown’s floater from the right baseline extended the margin to 34-20 with 17:55 to play.
Catrina Green answered with seven straight points to pull the Bulldogs within 36-27 with 15:51 to go, but Amanda Coffer connected on a three with 14:12 remaining and Gardner-Webb never trimmed the gap to single figures again.
“We’re excited to be moving on to the next round,” said Campbell head coach Wanda Watkins. “Gardner-Webb is very good and extremely athletic. I thought our kids worked hard and played very unselfishly. “
The Camels knocked down four three-pointers over the first 7:58 of the second period. The Bulldogs never drew closer than 16 over the last 10 minutes of the game.
Campbell finished with a 41-35 edge on the glass, led by Ashley James, who corralled nine rebounds, and Presley, who grabbed seven.
“Hopefully, we can build on the momentum we started today,” said Watkins. “We know the only way we can get to the postseason this year is to play through this tournament. With five seniors, we have an awful lot to play for.”
High Point advanced to Saturday’s semis on the strength of a 79-69 victory over eighth-seeded UNC Asheville in Thursday’s opening quarterfinal game.