Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Gardner-Webb women's basketball season came to an end on Monday night, as the Runnin' Bulldogs were plagued by turnovers in a 64-51 home loss to Campbell on "Senior Night" in Paul Porter Arena.
Prior to the game, the Gardner-Webb women's basketball program recognized seniors Breynna Winkler and Brianna Dillard, as the Runnin' Bulldogs season comes to an end with a record of 4-25 overall and 3-15 in Big South play.
As for the game, the Runnin' Bulldogs committed 26 turnovers, 14 of which came in the second half, which led to 26 points by the Campbell Fighting Camels who lead the entire second half of play.
The Fighting Camels also held a huge 16-0 advantage in fast break points and a slight 28-24 advantage in points in the paint on the night.
GWU sophomores Jasmine Dale and Catrina Green each had a team-high 15 points, while freshman guard KiKi Smith added eight points in 24 minutes of action. Green hauled down a game-high nine rebounds, while fellow starting forward Jessica Heilig notched eight boards for the night.
Campbell's Tonisha Baker poured in a game-high 25 points, as she was 10-of-16 from the field, and added nine rebounds, while forward Katelyn Bass chipped in with 16 pointes, five boards and two steals on the night.
The two teams went back-and-forth in the early minutes, as the first three minutes of play saw two lead changes and two ties with Campbell holding a slight 6-5 lead on a free throw by Amanda O'Neill. The free throw jump-started an 8-0 Campbell run, as the visitors ran out to a nine point lead at 14-5 with 13:37 to go in the opening half.
After a three-pointer from the top of the key by freshman guard Mayhana Dunovant ended the four minute long scoring drought for the Runnin' Bulldogs, the Fighting Camels kept up their hot shooting, outscoring GWU 6-0 over the next four minutes to take a 20-8 lead over the Runnin' Bulldogs with just over 10 minutes to play before the halftime break.
Gardner-Webb settled down on both ends of the floor and clawed their way back into the contest with a 13-5 run over the next eight minutes, capped off by back-to-back free throws by Dale, to cut the Campbell lead to three at 25-22 with 1:49 to go in the first half.
The Fighting Camels finished the half out on a 4-1 run to take a 29-23 lead into the halftime break.
The Runnin' Bulldogs again cut the lead to three, this time at 35-32 at the 16:16 mark of the second half on a three-pointer by Dale, and looked to tie the score up for the first time since the opening minutes of the game.
Minutes later, Gardner-Webb cut the Campbell lead to one at 37-36 on back-to-back free throws once more by Dale, only to have three turnovers over the next seven possessions allow the Fighting Camels to pull back out in front by eight at 46-38 with 10:26 to go in regulation.
GWU would score two points over the next six minutes compared to the Camels 11, as the visitors pushed their lead to 15 at 55-40 on a lay-up by Bass with just under four minutes to go in the contest.
Refusing to roll over and play dead, the Runnin' Bulldogs cut the Campbell lead to seven twice over the final four minutes of the game, yet couldn't stop the Fighting Camels from scoring, as the visiting team made good on all six of their free throw attempts in the closing minute to seal the 64-51 road win over Gardner-Webb.
The loss put Gardner-Webb in a tie at 3-15 overall in the conference with UNC Asheville, who had the tiebreaker over the Runnin' Bulldogs and thus claimed the eighth and final spot in this week's 2012 Advance Auto Parts Big South Women's Basketball Championship Tournament in High Point, N.C.
GWU's bench outscored Campbell's 20-11, however, the Runnin' Bulldogs were just 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) from the free throw line compared to Campbell's 16-of-24 (66.7 percent).
The Runnin' Bulldogs finished the year 0-29 when trailing at the half and 4-0 when leading at the break.
The young Runnin' Bulldogs' team, which has seven freshman, three sophomores, one junior and two seniors, return all but two players from this year's team and will look toward this experience as they prepare for next season.