Women's Basketball

WBB Preview: Buccaneers travel to Buies Creek for Saturday clash with the Fighting Camels

WBB Preview: Buccaneers travel to Buies Creek for Saturday clash with the Fighting Camels

Charleston Southern will travel to Buies Creek to take on the Fighting Camels of Campbell University on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff at Gore Arena is set for 2:00 p.m. on the Big South Network and fans can follow the action via Live Stats on CSUsports.com and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameDay.

Women's Basketball Game Notes - at Campbell

Scouting Campbell
After earning a No. 8 spot in the 2016-17 Big South Preseason Poll, the Fighting Camels have fought their way to the top of the conference standings with a 9-3 record overall and a 1-0 conference record. Campbell most recently defeated No. 1 preseason-pick UNC Asheville, 61-55, in their Big South-opener on Tuesday night at Kimmel Arena. The Fighting Camels have also recorded wins against Columbia College, Morgan State, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, USC Upstate, St. Augustine's, Western Carolina, N.C. Central and St. Andrews. Campbell saw two losses in November, falling at Mercer and at home against VCU. The Fighting Camels have gone on a six-game winning streak since falling to East Tennessee State by just one point at home (56-55) on December 6.Campbell's offense is led by Summer Price. The junior guard is averaging 12.0 points per game and is the Fighting Camels' strongest free-throw shooter, with a 68.6 percentage (24-35) from the stripe. Right behind Price is fellow junior guard MaKala Rouse, Campbell's only other player averaging 10+ points with 10.1 points per game. Rouse has also earned the number two spot on the Big South leaderboard for most steals on the season (29) for a 2.4 steals per game average. Defensively, Brianna Cribb leads Campbell's nationally-recognized defense, averaging 7.3 rebounds per game. Over the past four weeks, CU has had the top scoring defense in all of NCAA DI, with an opponent's scoring tally that has fallen to 45.7 points per game.First-year Campbell Head Coach Ronny Fisher knows his defense, formally leading Presbyterian College women's basketball team to a No. 2 national ranking in scoring defense (53.5 PPG), surpassed only by national champions UConn during the 2013-14 season. Fisher is the fourth head coach of Campbell women's basketball in the school's history. Prior to accepting the position in 2016, he lead PC to three winning seasons in the last four years and was named Big South Conference Coach of the year for the 2012-13 slate, leading the Blue Hose to a 19-12 record and a 14-4 mark in the conference. 

Last Time Against Campbell
Charleston Southern 60, Campbell 45 (February 23, 2016)
Charleston Southern outscored Campbell in every quarter on Tuesday night in Gore Arena as the Buccaneers completed the season sweep over the Camels with the 60-45 victory. Nayla Long scored 10 points during a 16-7 stretch in the first quarter to pace the Buccaneers (13-14, 8-10) to a quick start, while the CSU defense held Campbell (10-16, 5-12) to a 28.6% field goal percentage and forced 20 turnovers in their second win over the Camels on the season. Alyssa Mann scored eight of her team-high 13 points in the second half, including the first four CSU points in the fourth quarter as the Buccaneers staved off any attempt of a Campbell comeback in recording their second Big South Conference sweep of the season. Mann added five assists and three steals in the win. Rachel Burns was also in double-digits in the scoring category with 12 points and a team-high four steals in the game. She connected on a pair of early three-pointers in the third quarter to get the CSU offense rolling in the second half and added three assists in the win. Long finished with 12 points, going a season-high 2-for-3 from the three-point line in the Bucs' win. The Bucs' lead reached 19 points at the 1:29 mark in the third, but Summer Price sparked a 7-0 Campbell run with a three-pointer and a jumper at the end of the quarter to narrow the CSU lead down to 52-40. Defense prevailed over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter before Campbell's Tiffany Daniel broke the steal on the basket with a free throw at the 4:53 mark. Makala Rouse added a pair of free throws a minute later to pull the Camels back within single digits at 52-43 with 3:17 remaining. Mann finally broke the CSU scoreless drought with 2:08 remaining in the game with back-to-back jump shots and Alecia Hardy and Ke'Asia Jackson both connected on free throws late to close out the CSU win. Price led all scorers with 14 points for the Camels, while Amanda Coffer added six points and eight rebounds in the loss.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
Liberty 81, Charleston Southern 72 (January 3, 2017)
Charleston Southern's fourth quarter comeback effort fell short as the Buccaneers were topped by Liberty in their conference opener on Tuesday night, 81-72. Rachel Burns scored a career-high 22 points, hitting nine field goals from the floor, including three from beyond the arc. Ke'Asia Jackson was the only other Buccaneer to go double-digits, capturing her 14th point in the final second of the contest. The Irmo, S.C., native earned her seventh perfect performance from the stripe, going a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. Burns gave the Bucs' their first lead in the contest with a three to open the second quarter and put CSU ahead, 21-19. The advantage was short-lived as the Flames sunk three baskets from beyond the arc in the first four minutes. Shauntavia Dobson provided a spark off the bench with eight points over four minutes of play. The 4-11 guard hit all three of her shots, including a pair of three-pointers, to cut Liberty's lead down to 40-38 at the end of the half. Liberty's defense stifled the Buccaneers in the fourth period as the Flames controlled the battle of the boards with a 40-25 rebound advantage in the contest. Liberty widened their lead to double-digits in the fourth quarter and went ahead by 14 points two separate times before a late CSU run at the end of the game. Georgia Elliott-King hit a late basket from the left short corner and Jacksonclosed out the contest with a layup at the buzzer in CSU's 81-72 defeat against their first conference opponent of the season.

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