Campbell outscored Winthrop by 16 points over the final eight minutes to claim a 62-52 Big South Conference win over Winthrop on Monday night at Gore Arena.
Winthrop and Campbell are now tied in the conference standings with 8-5 records. The Eagles overall record falls to 12-10, while the Camels improve to 13-9.
Aliyah Kilpatrick led Winthrop with 17 points, but she connected on just 6 of 22 shots. Erica Williams, who was named Big South Player of the Week earlier in the day finished with 10 points and had her 10th double-double of the year with 12 rebounds, but she had difficulties finding the basket as well, going 3 for 18 from the floor. Taylor Calvert also reached double figures for the Eagles with a season-high 10 points.
Poor shooting, particularly in the final eight minutes of the first and second halves, doomed Winthrop in a game in which they had a 13-point first half lead and a six-point lead with 9:28 left in the game.
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After taking a 19-6 lead to open the game and holding Campbell to 2 of 17 shooting in the first 12 minutes with a suffocating defense, Winthrop made just two shots in the final nine minutes and trailed 25-23 at halftime as the momentum turned in favor of the Camels who connected on eight of their last nine shots.
After going down by five in the second half 38-33 on a layup and 3-pointer by Campbell’s Summer Price with 13:53 left in the game, Winthrop went on a 14-3 run over the next 4 minutes, 25 seconds to take a 47-41 lead with 9:28 left after Aliyah Kilpatrick scored back-to-back baskets. But from that point on, it was all the Camels.
RaeChaun Edwards, who led all scorers with 21 points, took command down the stretch and led the Camels to the double-digit win. During the 21-5 run to close the game, Edwards scored eight of those points.
“It was a doggone shame. We started out with a 19-6 advantage. We were playing great defense, but then we just couldn’t make shots,” said Winthrop head coach Kevin Cook. “The looks we had are makeable looks. You can’t afford to have shooting nights like this if you want to win ball games. It all comes down to us being able to shoot the ball.
“I thought we were ready to play tonight. We were prepared, but you’ve got to give Campbell credit because they could have folded the tent,” said Cook.
Winthrop finished the game shooting just 26 percent on 19 of 72 shots. The Eagles were 2 of 15 from behind the 3-point arc. After its tough start, Campbell wound up shooting 40 percent on the night on 22 of 55 shots, including 6 of 14 from long distance.
Winthrop will now take a five-day break before heading to Asheville on Saturday to face the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at 2 p.m.