Camels claim NCAA stat championship for scoring defense

Breanna Foster (Scarboroughphotography.com)
Breanna Foster (Scarboroughphotography.com)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Campbell has earned the NCAA statistic championship for the lowest scoring defense of all Division I programs for the 2016-17 season. It's the first stat championship in the history of the program.

The Camels held opponents to a national-low 49.6 point per game. They were the only program to finish below the 50-point threshold after allowing fewer than 40 points in 10 different games. CU held N.C. Central to a season-low 30 points and Big South foe Winthrop to 32 points, which was a program record against a conference opponent.

Campbell's scoring defense was two points lower than second place Green Bay and five points lower than ninth place UConn. National champions South Carolina held a scoring defense of 56.9 points per game, seven points higher than CU.

The Camels held opponents to .366 shooting from the field, which ranked 29th nationally and second in the Big South Conference. CU's three-point field goal defense of .289 also ranked second in the league and 51st nationally.

Campbell's defense was headlined by junior guard MaKala Rouse, who was named the 2017 Big South Defensive Player of the Year. Rouse ranked third in the conference in total steals with 64 while her 2.06 steals per game stood fourth. She finished second on the team in blocks (18) and third in defensive rebounds (96).

Campbell head coach Ronny Fisher was named the Big South Coach of the Year after leading the Camels to an eight-win turnaround in his first season on the sidelines. The Camels made their first postseason appearance since 2000 after earning a bid to the Women's Basketball Invitational.

CU Campbell finished the season with a 21-10 overall record, the eighth 20-win campaign in program history and became the fastest team in program history to reach that plateau. The Camels finished second in the Big South with a 13-5 league mark.