Written by: Matt Sokol – Campbell blog contributor
The 2016-2017 season is underway for the Campbell Women’s Basketball after winning the home-opener against St. Andrews, 94-39.
The Camels are 1-2 now on the season after falling to Mercer on the road, 76-60 and dropping to VCU at home, 66-53, hosting NC Central on Tuesday night at Gore Arena.
The Camels are led by Ronny Fisher, the former head coach at Presbyterian. Fisher is taking over for the legendary head coach Wanda Watkins, who ran the program for over 35 years.
“It has been really different [having a new head coach], and the culture that Coach Fisher brings is a lot different then we were used to,” said Brianna Cribb. “It is refreshing and it’s just something new so the change has fun along with being exciting. We [as upperclassmen] are bringing in the freshmen showing team unity. We are showing them that we are here for them and want them to be successful as they continue to their careers as well.”
Intensity is one description that has been used regularly by Fisher when breaking down the direction of his program. Case in point, defense and toughness have been a key focus for the team as they continue into the early part of the 2016-17 season.
Production from the younger players of the team hasn’t gone unnoticed after the first three games of the season. Freshman guard Breanna Foster posted early success for the Camels in the start of her collegiate career, recording a game-high of 19 points in her collegiate debut against St. Andrews on November 11.
“It felt great, and I was kind of surprised because I didn’t expect to come out as confident as I was,” said Foster. “I knew that I was going to play as the player I knew I could be, and I couldn’t have done any of it without the success of my teammates.”
Foster was originally recruited by legendary head coach Wanda Watkins, but is now playing under the direction of Fisher. Foster is showing Fisher her capabilities on and off the court as one of the newest members of the Fighting Camels.
“Coach Fisher didn’t know how I was as a player beforehand,” said Foster, adding that, “I just have to show how good I am so he can see what Coach (Wanda) Watkins saw.”
Foster is second on the team averaging 9.3 points per game, and has connected on 7-of-20 three-pointers. Taya Bolden is another freshman contributing early in her career, rankings second on the team with 5.3 rebounds per game. Overall, the Fighting Camels are relying upon their infusion of young talent (both freshmen and sophomores) to gain immediate experience on the floor.
“I am really proud of our team, and I have asked three things from my team which are: put up a great effort, have a good attitude and be a great teammate,” said Fisher. “I really feel like we are doing well in those three areas progressing … I feel like we have a long way to go, but I am really proud of our progress.”
The Fighting Camels return to action inside Gore Arena tonight at 7 p.m. against N.C. Central.