BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – Campbell opened the second half on an 21-6 run to erase a one-point deficit and defeat UNCW, 67-53, in collegiate women’s basketball action Tuesday at Gore Arena.

In the 47th meeting between the two regional programs, the Lady Camels improved to 3-1 on the young season while the Seahawks moved to 1-3.

Junior Kiera Gaines scored 19 points to lead four Camel players in double figures as sophomore RaeChaun Edwards chipped in 16 and seniors Jessica Moore and Roslyn Presley pitched in 10 points apiece. Senior Ashley James tallied eight rebounds to highlight a 41-33 advantage on the glass for the Camels while Gaines dished out a game-best six assists.  

Junior Kelva Atkins scored 18 points and freshman Naqaiyyah Teague added 16 for the Seahawks, who shot 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the floor but were just 5-of-19 (.263) from the free-throw line.

Trailing 32-31 at the start of the second half, Campbell knocked down each of its first four attempts from beyond the arc to key the game-changing spurt that lasted 6:46 and gave the Camels a 52-38 cushion.

 A layup by Teague brought the Camels run to a close and sparked the Seahawks to score seven unanswered points and trim the Campbell advantage to seven, 52-45, with 7:25 on the clock.

That would be as close as UNCW would get, however, as a three-point play by James gave Campbell their double-digit lead back and sent the Camels on a 15-6 run that lasted until a layup by freshman D’Asia Cain with 14 seconds remaining determined the final 14-point margin.

The Camels were 13-of-26 from the floor in the second half, highlighted by a 5-of-11 effort from 3-point range while the Seahawks were 9-of-25 from the field, including a 1-of-6 effort from downtown.

In the first half, Campbell raced out to a quick 10-3 lead as scored points on each of its first five possessions of the game to build the early advantage.

Atkins would get the Seahawks offense going moments later, hitting a free throw and nailing a 3-pointer from the right elbow to bookend a 13-2 run that lasted just over four minutes and gave UNCW its first lead of the game, 16-12.

 An 11-4 run by the Camels would end the Seahawks spurt and put Campbell back in front, 23-20, before the Seahawks closed the frame with 12 of the final 20 points to take a one-point lead, 32-31, into the halftime break.

UNCW is back in action Friday as it hosts Tulane in a 7 p.m. contest at Trask Coliseum. Campbell is back on the floor Saturday with a Noon game at Mount St. Mary’s.

Game Notes

  • Campbell increased its lead in the all-time series to 31-16 as it snapped a three-game losing skid to the Seahawks.
  • UNCW moved to 0-2 this season against in-state competition. The Seahawks are 16-15 since the start of the 2007-08 season when facing schools from the Tar Heel State.
  • UNCW moved to 70-25 since the start of the 2007-08 season and 3-8 under Harris when leading at halftime.
  • The Seahawks recorded double-digit steals for the second time this season as it finished with a season-high 15 steals versus the Camels.
  • UNCW recorded double-digit assists for the first time this season as it dished out a season-best 14 helpers against Campbell.
  • The Seahawks moved to 0-3 this season, 3-23 under Head Coach Adell Harris and 14-79 since the start of the 2007-08 season when trailing by more than 10 points in a contest.
  • Both teams committed more than 15 turnovers in the contest (UNCW 16, Campbell 18)
  • Junior Kelva Atkins reached double figures for the fourth straight contest and the 12th time in the past 13 games dating back to the end of last season. Atkins has led the team in scoring in three of four games this season.
  • Freshman Naqaiyyah Teague reached double figures in points for the second time this season as she matched her season high with 16 points .
  • Freshman Brie Mobley failed to score in double figures for the first time in her collegiate career as she finished with two points in 16 minutes played.