BUIES CREEK, N.C. – With 12 points against Campbell on Saturday afternoon, UNC Asheville senior forward Kelli Riles reached 1,000 points for her career, one game after reaching 1,000 career rebounds, but the Bulldogs fell to the Camels, 64-39, in Big South Conference action at Gore Arena.
Riles currently stands at 1,004 points and 1,009 rebounds, three rebounds away from fourth place in Big South Conference history. She is looking to surpass former Radford great Karen Bowles, who amassed 1,012 boards in her career.
“I’m extremely proud of Kelli and look for her to have an outstanding finish to her career at UNC Asheville in these upcoming weeks,” said Asheville head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick.
With the setback the Blue & White fall to 2-24 on the season, and 0-15 in league play. Campbell improves to 18-8 overall, and 10-5 in the Big South.
“We set the tone for a competitive game in the first 10 minutes, however we did not make good decisions with the basketball against their defense and they stole the momentum of the game in the first half with easy buckets off of our turnovers,” added Kirkpatrick. “I was proud of our girls’ effort but our focus and execution has to be better.”
Riles led all players with 12 points and nine rebounds, with Jeannie Buckner and Gentry Manley adding eight points apiece to the Bulldogs’ total. Paige Love dished out six assists in directing the Asheville offense, one assist away from a career-best for the freshman.
The Camels were led offensively by Tonisha Baker, who scored a team-high 11 points while dishing out seven assists in the contest. Baker also led Campbell with eight rebounds, including seven defensive.
Asheville jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Campbell tied the game at the 13:43 mark on an Ashley James jumper in the paint. The Bulldogs retook the lead at 12-11 with 7:55 to play in the first on a Riles’ layup. However, the Camels would finish the half on a 22-7 run to take a 33-19 lead into the half.
The Bulldogs cut the Campbell lead to 10 on a pair of free throws with 17:19 to go in the game, but the Camels would distance themselves from the Blue & White down the stretch to eventually win by the final of 64-39.
Asheville will be at home in the Kimmel Arena in their next contest, hosting Big South leader Liberty on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Flames earned a 75-49 victory over the Bulldogs in Lynchburg, Va., on Jan. 5.