Catching Up With…..Camille Dash
The hard work is beginning to pay off for Francis Marion senior guard Camille Dash.
Dash and her FMU teammates had three losing seasons under their previous coaches but last May, the school hired Jeri Porter away from Georgia State where she was an assistant coach.
Porter’s presence has made a difference with Francis Marion set to have its first winning season since 2010-11.
Dash, a Savannah native is a part of the difference makers.
When asked was the transition for playing for a new coach hard, the Jenkins High School graduate said “Not at all. My coaches are great people and it’s been great playing for them this season.”
Porter had nothing but praise for Dash.
“Camille has done a terrific job of adjusting to her third coach in as many seasons here at FMU. She is a very gifted athlete and we rely on her leadership, her ability to score the basketball as well as her proven ability to guard the opposing team’s best perimeter scorer,” said Porter. She went on to add “I am very pleased with her contribution this season and my only disappointment is in the fact that I only have one season to work with her.”
Currently, the Lady Patriots have an 18-7 record. They won their first nine games of the season, defeated UNC Greensboro, a Division I team and cracked the Division II top 25 poll.
Dash, who has been a four-year starter, states that defense has been their key to success.
“I believe our defense has made the biggest difference this season. We really get after it on the defensive end and that sparks our offense.”
This season, Camille is averaging 10.2 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
As a freshman, she averaged 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game and as a sophomore she scored 8.3 points, grabbed 4.2 rebounds and dished out 2.5 assists a game. Last season, the 5-6 guard averaged 6.3 points, 2.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds per contest.
As a senior at Jenkins High she averaged 19.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 2.8 assists per game and was named her region’s Player of the Year in 2012.
After high school she considered several schools but said that FMU seemed like the best fit for her.
Nicknamed “Millie Millie”, Dash has adjusted well to college life in Florence, South Carolina.
“It has been a great experience on and off the court. I’ve grown so much. It’s a good school, and it has a nice campus,” she added.
Camille is majoring in mass communications and plans to enter the education field.
I’ll be graduating this year and I plan on getting my master’s in education. I want to be an elementary school teacher.”
Francis Marion played Armstrong State in Savannah on February 10.
In front of her parents, friends and former high school teammates, she scored 15 points and had five assists in a 76-73 loss to the Pirates.
It would be her last collegiate game she would play in Savannah.
“It definitely crossed my mind before the game. Savannah is where I was born and raised so it’s always great to play at Armstrong.”