BUIES CREEK — Kyla McMakin nailed a three as the buzzer went off to give Longwood a 54-52 win over Campbell, Sunday afternoon in Gore Arena.
Campbell moves to 6-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big South following the loss while the Lancers advance to 6-7 and 5-3 in conference play.
Micaila Coleman picked up where she left off, exploiting the Longwood defense to score the first six points of the game for Campbell.
Both teams battled as Campbell seemingly started to pull away following a three from Luana Serranho put the Camels up by eight over halfway through the third quarter. An 11-4 run by Longwood made the score 40-39 heading into the fourth.
The Lancers hit back-to-back threes at the start of the fourth as the Camels retaliated with a 10-0 run to retake the lead up 50-45 with 3:27 remaining.
Kyla McMakin scored the final nine points for Longwood, hitting three shots from behind the arc, including the game-winner at the buzzer, to put the Lancers on top, 54-52
McMakin, who leads the nation in field goal attempts, finished with 17 points while Akila Smith (13 points) and Tra’Dayja Smith (12 points) also reached double-figures for Longwood.
Serranho led the Camels with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from deep.
Coleman finished with a career-high 10 points and added six rebounds, five of which came on the offensive glass.
Taya Bolden finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds marking her second-straight double-double and her fourth of the season.
Both benches struggled to score as the CU bench went scoreless for the first time all season and the Longwood bench was held to just three points.
Campbell dropped its first-ever home game against the Lancers (13-1 all-time)
Campbell heads to Clinton, S.C. for a series against Presbyterian, Jan. 15-16 on ESPN+.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)