EMMITSBURG, Md. – Campbell held off a charging Mount St. Mary's team en route to a 54-48 victory in non-conference women's basketball action on Monday.
Jessie Kaufman (Damascus, Md./Damascus) fueled a furious comeback attempt for the Mount (1-1) with 15 points after making seven-straight shots for the Mountaineers to outscore the Camels (4-0) 15-8 in a span of six minutes and seven seconds, including an 8-0 run in a spurt of two minutes and 30 seconds. The junior finished the game one point shy of her career best with 24 points while adding eight rebounds, two steals, two blocks and an assist in the loss.
Tonisha Baker paced Campbell with 17 points. Kiera Gaines added 15 points and Ashley James hauled in 12 rebounds in the winning effort.
Campbell took the lead late in the first half and looked to pull away in the final frame before Kaufman nearly helped Mount St. Mary's rally for the victory only to see the Camels hold on to take the first meeting between the two programs.
Campbell took the lead for good with two Gaines free throws with 1:58 left in the first half, but Kaufman gave the Mountaineers fans some excitement by hitting seven-straight shots and nearly pulling the Mount even with the Camels.
Kaufman started her spurt with a pair of baskets inside before Campbell grabbed a 36-25 lead. Kaufman then drained a 3-ball at 11:51 before RaeChaun Edwards scored in the lane to restore a double-digit edge. Kaufman then rolled off the next eight points to make it a one-possession game with 9:02 remaining. Kaufman knocked down 3-pointers at 11:07 and 10:25 before scoring in the paint at 9:02 to trim the margin to 38-36. Gaines and Kaufman would trade baskets to maintain the two-point margin with 8:15 left. Mount St. Mary's caused three turnovers and had three chances to tie or take the lead, but could not convert before James scored in the lane with 5:52 left.
Trailing by six points with 5:01 remaining, Mount St. Mary's had one more spurt after Jenn Carney (Drexel Hills, Pa./Archbishop Spalding) and Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee) scored at 4:36 and 1:45, respectively, to make it a 44-42 margin. Baker and Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) traded points to maintain the two-point difference with 59 ticks on the clock before Campbell registered eight of the final 12 points to come away with the victory.
The Mountaineers started the game by scoring 15 of the 23 points of the game to take the early advantage. Kaufman was the catalyst of that run with seven points while Carney added four points in that stretch.
The Camels then closed the half on a 16-4 run to take a 24-19 lead going into the locker room. Zena Lovette fueled the run with five points. The Camels then posted 12 of the first 18 points in the second half to take its largest lead at 36-25 with 12:46. The Kaufman show had already started, but she took over the next couple of minutes and nearly pulled the Mount even only to see Campbell earn the 54-48 victory.
Carney finished with a career-best eight points. Henderson, who was named the Northeast Conference Choice Hotels Co-Player of the Week on Monday, tallied six points, seven rebounds and four assists. Mann added four points, five rebounds and four steals in the loss.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Sunday at Howard.