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Postseason Play Poses Tough Challenge

Written by: Matthew Sokol, Campbell blog contributor

Postseason basketball has arrived in Buies Creek as the Fighting Camels (21-9, 13-5 BSC) will battle St. Francis (Pa.) (16-14, 13-5 NEC) tonight in the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational postseason tournament, the first-ever women’s basketball postseason game inside Gore Arena.

“We have another chance to compete in the postseason, and it is something to be proud of,” said senior Brianna Cribb. “I think everyone is just trying to get their mind right coming off three consecutive losses, and hopefully we just go out and play hard.”

The opportunity to keep the 2016-2017 season alive is something that head coach Ronny Fisher and the rest of his squad is excited about. An area vital for tonight’s success will remain centered around playing good defense for 40 minutes, according to Fisher, who pointed out that the Red Flash present an interesting matchup of strength vs. strength.

“The pairing is a really tough one as they can really score,” noted Fisher. “They scored 103 points on Wisconsin [back on Nov.13] so they are very good. We have to do a great job and our strength has been on defense all year so we have to do a good job of that.”

The Camels ranked first in the country in scoring defense this season (48.6 PPG allowed average) and want to maintain that stalwart effort against the high-scoring Red Flash, who rank 22nd overall in the NCAA averaging just over 75 points per game.

As one of the team’s leaders, Cribb has been preparing for moments like tonight throughout her entire career. The Fighting Camels focused on improving their performance on both sides of the floor during practice this week after the quarterfinal round loss last Friday in the Big South Conference Tournament against No. 7 seed UNC Asheville, the eventual tournament champions.

“We have been reiterating what Coach Fisher has been saying, and just pushing his sales pitch that we still can be good and do great things in this tournament,” said Cribb.

This Campbell squad has a lot of different factors to be focusing on during the game against St. Francis (Pa.) as the Red Flash rank second nationally making 10.6 threes per game while averaging 6.5 blocks per game; also the second-best mark in the country.

For Brianna Cribb and the Fighting Camels, the key to winning tonight’s game relies upon their ability to translate good defense into solid offensive possessions.

“I feel that if you can stop a team from scoring, and that you can put good numbers as well; you have a good chance to win the game,” said Cribb. “Our team has to focus more on offense, and make sure that we are executing our plays right.”We also have to take our time and not rush at a speed that they want to play at all night.”

The last time these two teams met was on New Year ’s Eve back in 1994 during a holiday tournament where the Red Flash came away with the victory on their home court. Tonight’s Women’s Basketball Invitational contest starts at 7 p.m. inside Gore Arena and fans can watch the action live on the Big South Network.

Postseason Tournament Fan Invite

Campbell Women’s Basketball begins postseason play Thursday night at 7 p.m. hosting St. Francis Pa. and the squad spent some time personally inviting fans across the area to support the Fighting Camels in the opening round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational.

The Fighting Camels finished second in the Big South Conference this season and head coach Ronny Fisher earned Coach of the Year Honors. For more information on the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI), click here for the latest.

Remember to follow @GoCamelsWBB on Twitter and Instagram to follow the Campbell Women’s Basketball team all throughout postseason play.

Miracle League Moment

Campbell Women’s Basketball took a brief break from the rigors of preseason practice, volunteering their time with special needs children at the Miracle League of Dunn.

The Fighting Camels open the regular season November 11, hosting St. Andrews starting at 7 p.m. inside Gore Arena. Campbell was picked to finish 8th in the latest Big South preseason poll, opening the new season under first year head coach Ronny Fisher.

Make sure to follow @GoCamelsWBB for the latest on the Fighting Camels as they embark  on their new era for Campbell Women’s Basketball.

Price Powers The Charge

Campbell Women’s Basketball has seen a sudden rise in production from sophomore shooting guard Summer Price, leading the charge for the Lady Camels over the last two weeks heading into the all-important Big South conference tournament.

Price, the 5-foot-9 guard from Beaverdam, Va., posted her third-straight double digit outing (14 points) leading Campbell in scoring for the third time in as many contests.

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Price scored 18 points in Campbell’s last home win over Winthrop – Photo Credit: Will Bratton

In the midst of this stretch, Price is now averaging 18 PPG, improving her scoring mark to a season-high 9.2 PPG, ranking 3rd best on the squad, while shooting nearly 45 percent in that span.

The Lady Camels are in a tight race for conference seeding as they next battle Charleston Southern, the team directly in front of them (No. 7 seed) in the Big South standings.

Action gets started on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. inside Gore Arena for the second-to-last home game of the regular season.

Play 4 Kay

Campbell Women’s Basketball will join forces with the Kay Yow Foundation in the fight against Women’s Cancer this Saturday vs. Longwood as the Lady Camels will host Play4Kay Day.

Led by a pre-game ceremony where players will accompany cancer survivors onto the court, the entire Buies Creek community will band together in helping raise awareness and funds for the cause, placed under the namesake of legendary coach Kay Yow.

The Lady Camels, led by head coach Wanda Watkins, are excited to wear pink uniforms against the Longwood Lancers, hoping to help spread the cause even more.

Players and coaches teamed up in sharing their thoughts on the Play4Kay game with the GoCamels.com video crew – featuring a video tribute to cancer survivors that directly affect these players and staff that will be played during the game.

Fans who are interested can learn more about the Kay Yow Foundation by logging on to their website and even contributing to the worldwide effort both Saturday and beyond.

Alumni Day Magic

The Lady Camels easily disposed of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 73-52, snapping a season-long five game losing streak while finding their scoring ways in a much-needed win.

Playing in front of five-plus decades of former student-athlets, Campbell jumped out early and never looked back in a dominant win filled with plenty of nostalgic memories for CU Alumni.

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Lead by a game-high 15 points from Sarah Smith, the offense produced its most points since beating Longwood back on Jan. 9, featuring 35 points from the Lady Camels’ bench alone.

The big star of the afternoon, however, was the nearly 50 alumni that returned to Buies Creek, celebrating their success and enjoying one last game together in Gore Arena.

Saturday’s festivities began with a Campbell Alumni tunnel for the starting lineups, featuring a halftime ceremony right on the floor, leading up to a fun conversation with former players and head coach Wanda Watkins after the game.

The Lady Camels return to action Monday night against Gardner-Webb, hoping to build off this weekend’s recent success.

This Week In Campbell Basketball

Another week, another important stretch of Big South Conference games for the Fighting Camels and Lady Camels, including an interesting Saturday slate as MBB travels to Conway, S.C. while WBB will flip the script and host Coastal Carolina.

First and foremost, take a look back at the best moments from the Lady Camels last-second loss on the road to Winthrop from Sunday, including a little preview for tonight’s game on the road against Charleston Southern at 7 p.m.

Check out last week’s episode right here.

This Week In Campbell Basketball also dives into the Campbell Men’s Basketball bench featuring junior Quinton Ray, who leads by example with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the system.

Don’t forget to stick around until the very end for our #TopPlaysInTheCreek segment featuring a look at the top-5 moments from Campbell Basketball over the past week.