Camels stave off CSU rally in Big South semifinal round

Camels stave off CSU rally in Big South semifinal round

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Senior guard Caroline Bowns scored a game-high 25 points to help lead Campbell past the Charleston Southern women's basketball team 55-44 Friday night in Big South semifinals action.

Seniors Shelby Wilbanks and Breannah Bretches each scored 10 for CSU (14-18), but Campbell (21-11) used stops late to stave-off a Buccaneer comeback.

After a slow start that saw defenses dictate the pace, both offenses woke up in the second and third quarters combining for 28 points each. The Bucs also used back-to-back treys from Bretches and freshman Ahela Myers to cut the deficit to just two entering the fourth.

Wilbanks came one rebound shy of her second double-double in the Big South tournament as she pulled down a team-high nine in the loss. Bretches added two key treys for the Bucs and had 10 points while Ke'Asia Jackson had two steals.

The Bucs had chances down the stretch, but Campbell free throws and stops extended the margin to a 55-44 final. The Bucs end the season with 14 wins and nine conference victories in two of the last three seasons.

How It Happened

  • CSU jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to a Tierra Steede jumper and Breannah Bretches trey in the corner.
  • Campbell responded with an 8-1 run to close the quarter as both defenses dug their heels in.
  • Offenses woke up in the second as the Camels knocked down three treys – all from Caroline Bowns – to extend their lead to a 26-20 halftime margin.
  • The Camels came out of the half with two more triples before CSU responded with a run of their own to cut it to 46-44 after three quarters.
  • Campbell knocked down a pair of treys in the fourth then used free throws down the stretch to build onto the lead for the 11-point final margin.

News and Notes

  • The senior class ends their time at CSU with five Big South tournament wins and two semifinals appearances.
  • Shelby Wilbanks came one rebound shy of another double-double in the conference tournament and finished the three-game run averaging 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.
  • Breannah Bretches ended the tournament run with 11.1 points per contest after wrapping the regular season with the third-best three-point shooting percentage.
  • Senior guards Ke'Asia Jackson and Rachel Burns each finish in the top-12 in scoring all-time at CSU with Burns becoming the third player with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 steals.