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Watkins Steps Down

Legendary Campbell Women’s Basketball head coach Wanda Watkins announced that she will be stepping down as the leader of the Lady Camels program on Wednesday.

Watkins served nearly four decades as Campbell both as a player and 35-year head coach here in Buies Creek, ending her coaching career with 549 all-time wins.

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Watkins finishes out her career as just the 10th head coach in history to work at one institution for more than 30 years.

The 1979 Campbell graduate led her teams on the court to conference championship games on 10 occasions, winning the 1989 Big South and 2000 Atlantic Sun Conference tournament titles.

The Campbell University community showcased its tremendous support for coach Wanda Watkins as the news was dispersed and then consumed across social media.

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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

Campbell Athletics is moving forward with a brand new video series called This Week in Campbell Basketball, highlighting the biggest games, best moments and most interesting story lines from men’s and women’s basketball this season.

Headlined by the Q/A sessions with head coaches Wanda Watkins and Kevin McGeehan we take you inside the mind of the coaching staff heading into an important week of Big South action.

Campbell Women’s Basketball (7-9, 2-5) hosts Presbyterian tonight at 7 p.m., which can also be seen live on the Big South Network, before heading out to Winthrop for a Saturday showdown.

Campbell Men’s Basketball (8-10, 2-6) travels to Radford on Wednesday night, searching for their first win of the 2016 calendar year with no games over the weekend.

All Aboard The WBB Alumni Game Train

The Lady Camels (6-7, 1-3) hit the road over four of the next six games, featuring a 3-2 record away from home this season. But one of the biggest upcoming home games on the schedule is Alumni Night as Campbell hosts Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Led by 35-year head coach Wanda Watkins and long-time assistant coaches Mary Weiss (30th year) and Megan Hall (12th year), the Campbell coaching staff has impacted the development for hundreds of former players both in Gore Arena and in Carter Gym.

Not to mention that former two-time Atlantic Sun Champion point guard Janice Washington, who averaged nearly 5 APG over her career, works on the coaching staff – as the direct connection between present and past talent runs deep here in Buies Creek.

Make sure to keep an eye out for the Lady Camels during their next home game on Sunday, Jan. 17 against High Point live on ASN-TV. You can also track Campbell WBB on twitter @GoCamelsWBB.

Bonding on The Road

Fresh off a split in the UNF Holiday Classic, Campbell Women’s Basketball (6-4, 1-0) returns home in preparation for the perennial Big South conference favorites; the Liberty Lady Flames.

Their recent trip was historic, traveling on a chartered flight for the first time in program history. For more on the sights and sounds of the journey, check out the video from GoCamels.com.

Campbell departed from Harnett Regional Jetport on Friday, practiced on the UNF campus and got the chance to briefly explore Jacksonville, Fla. before playing Central Arkansas and UNF over the past weekend, featuring a 66-55 win over the Osprey on ESPN3.

What made the experience special was when senior forward Amanda Coffer experienced her first ever trip in a plane, capturing her emotions on social media before departing Friday afternoon.

It was rather fitting then when Coffer played rather large in the Lady Camels’ victory over host UNF on Sunday, posting her four double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.

After winning their sixth game over the last nine, the Lady Camels enter the meat of their conference schedule with a three-game home stand starting against Liberty followed by UNC Asheville (Sat. Jan. 2) and Gardner-Webb (Jan. 4).

The Lady Camels were accompanied to Jacksonville by Campbell Director of Athletics Bob Roller and his wife, Carolyn.

The Lady Camels will spend a few days with family and friends before preparing to host the Liberty Flames next Tuesday night (Dec. 29) at 7 p.m. inside Gore Arena. Follow @GoCamelsWBB for more.