Women's Basketball

Buccaneers fall to the Fighting Camels, 54-37

Buccaneers fall to the Fighting Camels, 54-37

Buies Creek, N.C. – Charleston Southern was unable to get over a halftime hump in falling to the Fighting Camels, 54-37, at Gore Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Ke'Asia Jackson led the Buccaneers (6-7, 0-2) with 10 points, while Nayla Long connected a pair of three-pointers in shooting 100.0% from beyond the arc.  Elyse Kiploks battled through early foul trouble to pull down a team-high six rebounds in the Buccaneer loss.

Summer Price led the Fighting Camels with a game-high 15 points, including seven points from the free throw line. Hannah Long and MaKala Rouse also scored double-figures for Campbell with 10 points apiece in the contest.

Charleston Southern started the game strong and was able to get on the board first with a layup from Brianna Lakes. Campbell (10-3, 2-0) answered back with a jumper from MaKala Rouse and a three-pointer from Caroline Bowns for the Fighting Camels' first lead of the game.  Alyssa Mann put the Bucs within one after a trip to the free throw line and Jackson returned the lead to CSU with a jumper.  The Buccaneers had three extended possessions after attacking the board on offense with Rachel Burns sparking CSU late with three offensive rebounds and two steals at the end of the quarter.  After another Jackson jumper gave the Bucs an 8-7 lead, the Fighting Camels went on a 7-0 scoring run to give Campbell the 14-8 lead at the end of the quarter.

Campbell extended their lead after CSU sent both Summer Price and Hannah Long to the charity line two minutes into the second quarter.  After four minutes without a bucket and a 7-0 Campbell scoring run, the Buccaneers closed out the first half with a layup from Breannah Bretches with 31 seconds left to trail the Fighting Camels 27-17.

Following the double-digit halftime deficit, Charleston Southern was unable to regain the lead with Campbell holding the point advantage for 35:02 of the 40-minute contest.  After a 10-0 scoring run, Campbell found their largest lead of the game, pulling ahead of the Buccaneers 37-17 six minutes into the third.

CSU's bench attempted a fourth-quarter comeback with another three-pointer from Long and Bretches' layup, the Fighting Camels held onto a double-digit lead for the duration of the game, with a nationally-ranked defense that was able to hold to CSU to 20 points in the second-half.  Campbell entered Saturday's matchup with the No. 1 scoring defense in the NCAA, holding their opponents to an average of just 46.5 points per game.  Jasmine Blackmon closed out CSU's scoring with a pair of layups in the final minute of the 54-37 Campbell victory.

Charleston Southern remains on the road next week as they look for their first conference-win at High Point on Tuesday night. Tipoff at the Millis Center is set for 7:00 p.m. on the Big South Network.

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