Hampton’s Tuelle shines at Campbell University

Published 11:30 pm Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hampton alum Shy Tuelle has been playing with a chip on her shoulder at a school with a mascot with a hump on its back.

Tuelle is making an immediate impact for the Camels of Campbell University in her freshman campaign.

“I expected it out of her, I’ve got so much confidence in her,” Campbell head coach Ronny Fisher said about Tuelle. “She’s a really good player, and she is competitive.”

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“The game is totally different, it’s a faster pace. Everyone is good that we play,” Tuelle said about adjusting to the college game. “Everyone can shoot, everyone can dribble, everyone can drive here, you can’t take any plays off.”

She has played in all 16 games for Campbell, a member of the Big South Conference. Tuelle has come off the bench and averaged 7.3 points per game. That scoring output ranks her third on the squad. Tuelle sees an average of 18 minutes per game of playing time.

“I’ve talked to her about it, she has a senior starting in front of her, but I view Shy like a starter, and I’ve told her that. She’s fine with coming off the bench, and she’s playing plenty of minutes with plenty of opportunities, and I want her to get more opportunities,” Fisher said about Tuelle’s roll.

The last time on the court Tuelle led the Camels with a dozen points thanks to four 3-pointers Tuesday against Winthrop. Through five Big South games, Tuelle is shooting .478 behind the arc. The season three-point field goal percentage for Tuelle went up to .397 as she has 25 makes behind the arc of the team’s 110 this season.

Tuelle had a four-game stretch earlier in the season where she averaged 13 points per game. That effort saw her be the team’s leading scorer in three games as well. First was an 11-point outing at Boston College on December 21. She poured in 17 points in a win over Columbia (S.C.) College. Tuelle’s 16 points in the Presbyterian (S.C.) contest was also a game-best as the Camels won the Big South opener. She scored 13 of the team’s 23 second-half points and was near perfect from the field going 5-for-7 which included a 4-for-5 effort behind the arc.

“Shyanne is a 5’10 wing who offers great size and athleticism at her position. She is a tremendous 3-point shooter with the rare ability to rise up and score off the dribble. She is a strong rebounder as well with the size and strength to cause match-up problems for smaller guards,” Fisher was quoted in the media guide.

She is part of a youthful group contributing for Campbell. The team’s four leading scorers are two freshman, including Tuelle, and two sophomores. That quartet has scored 53 percent of the Camels points this season.

Clutch shots also have come from Tuelle. She hit a 3-pointer to send the game with Howard to overtime in December. Tuelle had nine points in that game.

She was a four-time All-Watauga Conference selection along with four All-Region 1-A nods while at Hampton. Tuelle was named to the All-District 1-A Tournament team three times to go with All-State honor from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. While at Hampton Tuelle totaled 1,750 points with 950 rebounds, 705 assists, 160 steals with 145 blocks. Tuelle was an early signee for Campbell in the November signing period her senior season.

The Camels return to action Saturday against league-leader Hampton in Buies Creek.