Lady Trojans upset Campbell

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 5, 2001

Led by Jennifer McInnis career-high 23 points, the Troy State women’s basketball team held off a late rally by Campbell, to upset the Trans America Athletic Conference regular season champs on senior day, 71-65.

"This is a big win," said Troy State head coach Jerry Hester. "Campbell won the regular season title and beat us pretty good at their place. We wanted to come out and show that we could play and we did that."

The Lady Trojans finished the regular season with a 14-13 record. They’ve clinched their first .500 or better season since 1996. Troy State finished fifth in the TAAC, finishing the year with a 9-9 record in conference play.

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Troy State fell behind early as the Camels went to their inside game. Crystal Clary and April Cromartie sccored eight straight points for Campbell to take a 14-11 lead. The Lady Trojans would battle back and take the lead with just under six minutes left in the half, on a McInnis three-pointer to go ahead 25-22.

Troy State eneded the half on a 11-5 run, sparked by McInnis’ long range shooting to take a 33-27 lead at the half.

McInnis came out of the locker room on fire, scoring the first five points for Troy State as they extended their lead to 38-29. But Campbell would rally, cutting the lead to one on a basket by Cromartie, 46-45.

The Lady Trojans would extend their lead back out to seven on bac-to-back three-pointer by Haley Konrad and McInnis to put Troy State up 56-49 with just over five minutes left in the game.

The Camels would tie the game at 58 on a 7-0 run. Janice Washington would score four straight points for the Camels and Jill Cress topped the run with a three pointer. McInnis would answer back with a three from the corner to put Troy State back up by three, 61-58.

Campbell would be forced to foul, and the Lady Trojans hit six out of seven free throws down the stretch to ice the 71-65 win over the Camels.

McInnis led all scorers with 23. Kenya Young added 11 points and eight rebounds. Kira McWaine and Tomekia Golatte, playing their last home game at Troy State, combined for 11 points down the strecth, while McWaine dished out five assists and Golatte had three assists and a block.

Campbell was led by Clary and Cromartie’s double-doubles. Clary scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Cromartie added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sara Moore added 13 points and Washington chipped in with 11.

The number five seeded Lady Trojans will face number four seed Jacksonville in the first round of the TAAC Tournament next week.