Lady Camels battle at preseason-favorite Liberty

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Following a seven-day break, Campbell travels to Liberty for a 2 p.m. Saturday contest at the Vines Center. The Lady Camels (2-0) and Lady Flames (1-0) are two of the four remaining unbeaten teams in the Big South standings.

Fans can watch the contest for free on ESPN3 or the Big South Network. Live stats can be found on the women's basketball schedule page, while in-game updates can be accessed by following @GoCamelsWBB on Twitter.

Campbell in its last game at Elon dropped a 56-49 decision on Dec. 20. It was the team's third contest in a five-day stretch before the Christmas break.

Junior guard D Janelle Brown (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored a game-high 17 points and became the seventh different Lady Camel to lead the team in points. She posted a 5-of-11 performance from beyond the three-point arc.

The Lady Camels were unable to protect a 49-45 advantage with just over four minutes remaining as the Phoenix scored the final 11 points of the game. Campbell was its own enemy in the game, making 25 mistakes.

Junior guard Kiera Gaines (Mechanicsville, Va.) registered 10 points, while a 10-rebound performance for the second time this year was tallied by senior forward Ashley James (Round Rock, Texas).

Campbell has buckled down defensively over the past five games, dropping its points allowed on average to 57.5, which ranks 34th nationally and second in the league. The team has tallied the best scoring margin in conference at +8.4.

The Lady Camels hold the top spot in FG Pct. defense (.350), 3FG pct. (.363), assists (17.00), assist/turnover ratio (0.93) and 3FG made (6.20) in the Big South rankings.

In the all-time series, Liberty has taken the last five meetings, since the Lady Camels rejoined the Big South in 2011-12, including three last year (65-58, 78-56, 70-56). Both teams have protected their home courts with the Lady Camels posting a 7-3 mark, while the Lady Flames have registered a 7-4 record.

Liberty holds a 2-1 advantage in tournament contest after a 70-56 victory last year in the Big South Championship Semifinal. Campbell did capture the first six matchups from 1981-92.

Liberty is 5-5 on the season and 1-0 in league play with a 70-49 victory against Radford. The Lady Flames have posted wins over Kutztown (72-56), Savannah St. (89-79), Richmond (76-61) and UNCW (64-55).

Ashley Rininger paces the Lady Flames with 16.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Secondary scoring has come from Sadalia Ellis (9.0), Emily Frazier (8.1), Katelyn Adams (7.7) and Mickayla Sanders (7.5). Adams has added 7.4 boards, while Ellis (44) and Frazier (37) have racked up a team-high in assists. 

Liberty has tallied a .425 overall and .302 three-point field goal pct. while out-rebounding opponents by a +16.9 margin with 45.6 per game. Head coach Carey Green is in his 15th season guiding the Lady Flames.

Campbell concludes a three-game road trip on Monday at Longwood with the tip set for 7 p.m. The Lady Camels return to Gore Arena/John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center on Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. against High Point.