The Campbell women's basketball team completed its first WNIT appearance in program history this week.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Campbell saw its historic campaign come to a close at Liberty, 50-44, in a defensive battle Wednesday during the opening round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament.
Taya Bolden, in her final collegiate game, led CU (23-8) with 14 points and nine rebounds. Luana Serranho added 11 points, while Faith Price added 10.
Serranho scored her 1,000th career point on a free throw with 24 seconds left in the game. She joins Bolden and Shy Tuelle as players to break the 1,000 points barrier this season.
Bridgette Rettstatt led Liberty (28-4) with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Mya Berkman had 12 points and 10 boards.
Bolden scored 10 straight points for the Lady Camels to start the second quarter, giving Campbell its largest lead of the game at 17-11 midway through the period before the Flames took a 25-20 lead into the half.
Liberty jumped out to its largest lead of the game, 34-23, after halftime. Campbell responded by holding the Flames scoreless over the final 4:50 of the third quarter, trimming its deficit to one point entering the final period.
The Lady Camels took their first lead since midway through the second quarter on a Serranho jumper early in the fourth.
The Flames responded with a 10-0 run, emphasized by a Rettstatt 3-pointer at 4:52 in the quarter.
Campbell held LU without a field goal for the remainder of the game but couldn’t complete the comeback, cutting its deficit to as few as five points in the final minutes.
The Lady Camels forced 21 turnovers, converting the miscues to 16 points, but were held to 33% shooting from the field.
Campbell concludes the 2021-22 season tying the single-season record for wins. Head coach Ronny Fisher led the Lady Camels to their second Big South regular-season title in three seasons and the top seed in the Big South Championship.