CHARLESTON, S.C. – Playing their third game in the past five days, Charleston Southern welcomes Campbell to the Buc Dome Thursday night.
The Bucs and Camels split last season's meetings with each of the home teams coming out victorious. If the Bucs can take down the Camels, it'll mark the first back-to-back wins over Campbell since the 2015-16 season when CSU swept the season series. A win Thursday would also make it back-to-back home wins over Campbell and be the third-straight contest in which the home team came out on top.
Both CSU and Campbell look to get back in the win column as both teams fell in tough contests Tuesday night. Thursday is also the third of four contests to open Big South play in a span of seven days.
- Charleston Southern and Campbell renew their Big South rivalry Thursday night with both teams looking to bounce back after tough losses Tuesday night.
- The Bucs and Camels have split the series as of late since the 2011-12 season when Campbell rejoined the Big South Conference. Head coach Fred Applin looks to make it 5-6 against the Camels in his tenure and the first back-to-back wins since sweeping the season series during the 2015-16 season.
- Campbell has been a defensive stalwart since head coach Ronny Fisher took over as the Camels have surrendered less than 55.0 points per contest through his first 2.5 seasons on campus. In his first season, they paced the NCAA in scoring defense 49.6 ppg and finished third last season at 51.9 ppg surrendered.
- Since Fisher took over during the 2016-17 season, CSU has been able to crack the 60-point mark in two of their four meetings - both coming as CSU wins.
Last Time Out
- In a defensive battle that saw only four fast break points and 18 steals between the two teams, Winthrop held off a late Charleston Southern comeback bid Tuesday night for 57-52 decision from the Winthrop Coliseum.
- Charleston Southern saw 13 points from Breannah Bretches and a 10-point, four-rebound effort from Shelby Wilbanks, but a game-high 19 from Jah'Che Whitfield proved to be too much down the stretch as Winthrop iced it late.
- The 13-point night from Bretches extended her streak of games in double figures to four while leading the Bucs in scoring each of the past two contests. Of Bretches' 13 points, 11 came in the second half comeback effort for the Bucs.
- Winthrop held a slim 22-17 lead at the break after both teams got off to a slow start offensively, but held on down the stretch despite the Bucs using a 7-0 run to grab a fourth-quarter lead. CSU dominated in the paint 38-16 and won the rebounding margin 39-32, but the Eagles knocked down three treys to CSU's one providing the difference.
Scouting the Camels
- Defense has been the name of the game since Ronny Fisher took over as the program's head coach as the Camels have ranked near the top of the NCAA in scoring defense over the past three seasons. This year, the Camels are holding opponents to 54.9 points per contest - the best mark in the Big South and No. 17 in the nation.
- Campbell also sits among the top-50 in field-goal percentage defense (.357 - 42nd), rebound margin (+6.7) and blocks per game (4.5 - 46th).
- The Camels are led offensively by Lauren Carter and Taya Bolden who average 8.8 and 8.5 points, respectively. Bolden is shooting .478 from the floor to pace the Camels - a mark that sits second in the Big South.
- Campbell got off to a hot start with an 8-3 mark in nonconference play with key wins over Western Carolina, College of Charleston, Omaha, FIU and UNCG.
A Win on Thursday Would
- Make it back-to-back home wins over Campbell after downing the Camels 63-59 last season.
- Give the Bucs their first win of the calendar year after falling to preseason No. 4 Hampton and at Winthrop Tuesday.
- Put the Bucs into a tie with the Camels for fifth-place in the Big South standings.
- Be the sixth win over the Camels since they rejoined the Big South Conference.