UNCA falls in close one

By Christopher Jones – [email protected] – Staff Writer | Feb. 18, 2015 |
Down by five, with 38 seconds remaining in regulation, UNC Asheville senior guard Shonese Jones hit a 3 pointer to bring the game to a two point deficit. Next, Campbell University freshman guard Summer Jones hit a dagger three point field goal to seal the game for the Camels with nine seconds left in regulation. Campbell University defeated UNCA 56-51 on Tuesday night.
“Summer hit a great shot that put us ahead by five points. It was a great inbounds play as well,” said Megan Hall, Campbell University women’s basketball assistant coach.
“Their three starting guards played great, they were the only ones who really scored for them. RaeChaun Edwards was Big South player of the week, so she’s a good player; Summer Leverette is having a great year this year; and Kiera Gaines was first team all conference, so they’re a tough group of guards,” said Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick, UNCA women’s basketball coach.
Campbell University’s three starting guards combined for 45 of their team’s 56 points.
Shonese Jones was the leading scorer of the game with 20 points, and the only player on the UNCA squad with more than six points.
“Shonese Jones was their key for the game, she came alive in the second half and brought them back in the game with her big shots,” said Mary Weiss, Campbell University women’s basketball associate head coach.
“Shonese has been a trending player in the first half and second half of games,” Kirkpatrick said. “She adjusted during the game, when they took her three point shot away, she then drove it into the basket. It’s not a surprise to me the way she played tonight. ‘Sho’ is a scorer, she is good at making adjustments”.
Also, UNCA senior forward Jeannie Buckner collected 12 rebounds, two points and one assist in the game.
The first half of the game saw Campbell leading UNCA 29-23. Shonese Jones led the way for the Bulldogs with six points at the first half and RaeChaun Edwards led the way for the Camels with nine points in the first half.
UNCA outscored the Campbell Camels in the second half, 28-27, but it was not enough to win the game.
“It wasn’t what they did on offense that beat us, they scored 56 points; you’ve got to expect on your home court when you hold a team to that number of points, that you are going to outscore them,” Kirkpatrick said. “It was more so on our lack of execution on offense than what they were doing on defense, and I think we did a really good job on defense, because their three guards were the only ones who scored.”