Baker, Camels shock Panthers in OT
Former T. Wingate Andrews star Tonisha Baker picked a perfect time for a career-high scoring performance.
Baker, a senior at Campbell, pumped in 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the fifth-seeded Camels rallied from a 24-point second-half deficit to stun fourth-seeded High Point University 74-73 in overtime in the Big South Women’s Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night.
We immediately erased the thoughts of the first half in the locker room at halftime,” Baker said. “Once we cut it to 10, we really started to believe we could do this. We showed a lot of composure, and composure was the key in the second half.
“It’s not about being scared. It was about staying level headed,” she added. “Now we have to move forward and get the next one.”
HPU junior Cheyenne Parker collected a defensive rebound with 16 seconds left but HPU couldn’t get the last-chance shot to fall.
“I hate for our seniors to go out like that,” said HPU head coach DeUnna Hendrix. “Campbell is a tough team with a lot of fight and a lot of heart and we all saw that tonight. We didn’t have an answer for the press in the second half but we never quit and I am proud of this team.”
High Point finishes 17-13 in Hendrix’s first season, including a 11-7 mark in league play. Campbell improves to 20-10 and advances to tonight’s Big South Tournament semifinals.
High Point led by 24 points early in the second half after back-to-back layups by redshirt-sophomore Stacia Robertson. The Camels fought back in to the game with pressure defense, scoring 17 points off 18 HPU turnovers in the second half. Baker gave Campbell a 66-65 lead with 1:46 left in regulation with a fade-away jumper. Parker tied the game with a free throw and Baker once again scored to give Campbell a 68-66 lead. On the last possession Parker grabbed an offensive rebound and found Robertson for layup to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Parked posted her 23rd double-double of the season with 18 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Robertson also finished with a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Redshirt-sophomore Lindsay Puckett added 18 points.
Presley Roslyn added 13 points for the Camels.