HIGH POINT, N.C. – Junior Cheyenne Parker broke her own Big South single-season blocks record in the High Point University women’s basketball team’s 79-57 win over Campbell on Thursday at the Millis Center. With the win, HPU clinches a first-round bye for the Big South Conference Tournament.
Parker led High Point with 24 points, her tenth game with 20 or more points this season. Parker’s four blocks on the night also broke the High Point and the Big South single-season blocks record. She now has 125 blocks this season, topping her own record of 121 from 2011-12.
Junior Taylor Tremblay finished the night with 20 points and six rebounds and redshirt-sophomore Stacia Robertson chipped in 15 points. Robertson also posted career-highs in assists with seven and steals with six.
Kiera Gaines led three Camels in double-figure scoring with 15 points. High Point native Tonisha Baker added 14 and Jessica Moore had 13.
With the win, HPU improves to 16-12 on the season and 10-7 in Big South action. Campbell falls to 19-10 and 11-7. High Point clinched a bye in the first round of the Big South Tournament and is guaranteed a top-five finish in league play with the win.
High Point used defensive pressure to force 23 Campbell turnovers, which led to 28 points in the win. HPU turned the ball over just 11 times while coming up with 17 steals.
The Panthers started the game with a steal that led to a lay-in from Parker. In the opening five minutes, the Camels were held to five points while Parker led the way for an HPU run to give the team an 11-5. Robertson fought her way in to the paint for a layup to give the Panthers their first double-digit lead of the game, 18-8, at 12:34. High Point’s largest lead of the half was 19 points, 41-22, with 1:12 to play after a layup from Robertson. The Camels scored the final five points of the period to give HPU a 41-27 lead at the break.
The Camels cut the lead to nine in the opening minutes of the second half. Baker knocked down a three pointers and Roslyn Presley sank two free throws to make it a 41-32 game with 18:46 to play. Four different Panthers scored to spark a 6-0 run and push High Point’s lead to 17, 49-32.
With 10 minutes left in the game High Point led 61-39 forcing Camel to switch defenses. Campbell went with full court pressure leading to back-to-back steals and layups. CU got back within 16 points, 61-45, but HPU was able to break the pressure and cruise to a 79-57 win.
Redshirt-sophomore Lindsay Puckett finished the night with five points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals. Sophomore Lexi Patterson added nine points and four rebounds.
The Panthers return to the Millis Center for their final game of the regular season when they face Coastal Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m.