By Carey Phillips


Campbell held Western Carolina to 12 points in the second half last Thursday and defeated the Lady Cats 61-40 in non-conference women’s basketball action at the Ramsey Center.

Kianna Speight scored 14 points for the Lady Camels.

Jewel Smalls had 11 points and 13 rebounds for WCU, which fell to 1-4.

Campbell broke the game open with 14 consecutive points, including five by Shyanne Tuelle, for a 50-32 lead on Lauren McNamara-Clement’s layup with 1:15 to play in the third quarter.

The margin was 53-35 entering the fourth period.

The game’s largest lead was 61-38 on Bolden’s layup at the 2:44 mark.

Western’s only lead was 3-2 on Smalls’ three-pointer with 8:07 to play in the opening quarter.

Hayley Barber’s three--pointer put the Lady Camels ahead to stay, 5-3, with 7:19 on the clock.

They led 16-10 at the quarter break on Ashlyn Hampton’s basket with 18 seconds left.

Speight’s three-pointer to start the second period made it 19-10.

Lauren LaPlant’s trey and Smalls’ layup in the final two minutes of the half brought the Lady Cats within 32-28.

Campbell shot 41.3 percent from the floor and held WCU to 28.3 percent, including 19.2 percent in the second half.

Barber’s eight rebounds helped the Lady Camels control the boards 44-33.

Western committed 14 turnovers, and Campbell had 10.

Completing the WCU scoring were LaPlant with nine, Judith Martin-Ruiz with seven, Tembre Moates with four, Alyssa Walker with three, and Andrea Martin-Ruiz, Mia Littlejohn and Jada Miller all with two.