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
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
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