Women's basketball set for Tuesday matinee at Western Carolina

Brianna Cribb (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Brianna Cribb (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- The Campbell women's basketball team will play the first of two Education Day contests this season on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Cullowhee, North Carolina to take on the Western Carolina Catamounts. Tipoff is set for noon.

Live coverage of the game can be found on the SoCon Digital Network. Free audio with with Bill Priestly on the call as well as live stat links can be found at gocamels.com. Admission is free.

Fans looking to attend any home games in December can take advantage of a one day only Cyber Monday ticket special. All tickets purchased online at gocamels.com on Monday are available for the buy one get one free ticket offer when the phrase cybermonday is used in the special offer box at checkout. Tickets are available for as low at $2.50 during the 24 hour flash sale.

TUESDAY'S STORYLINES

LAST TIME OUT: Campbell (2-2) claimed its largest win over a DI opponent last Tuesday when it routed N.C. Central 61-30. The Camels held the Eagles to just 23.4% shooting from the field and forced 20 turnovers.

THE CENTURY MARK: The Camels are in the first season under new head coach Ronny Fisher. Fisher is coming off eight seasons at Presbyterian College, where he turned a brand new Division I program into a Big South contender in a short amount of time. He has a pair of victories now at CU and is now going for career victory 100 today. He coached a program-record four all-conference selections last year at PC.

A LITTLE DEFENSIVE: Coach Fisher's teams have always been known for their defense and his 2013-14 team at PC finished the year ranked second nationally in scoring defense (53.5 PPG). CU held the Eagles to a season-low 30 points to bring its overall scoring defense to 52.8 points per game, which leads the Big South and ranks 14th nationally.

SPREADING THE LOVE: CU is currently leading the Big South in assists with 14.3 per game and has assisted on over half of its baskets. The Camels' 0.95 assist-to-turnover ratio also leads the league.

RAINING THREE'S: The Camels are near the top the conference in every three-point category this season. A staple of a Coach Fisher led team, the Camels have committed to the three ball this season as CU has attempted 16 more three's than the first four games of last year. Caroline Bowns has a team-high eight triples so far.

PROTECTING THE ROCK: CU currently leads the Big South in turnovers (15.0 per game) and its overall tally of 60 is the second-fewest in the league while sitting 40th nationally. Its 4.0 turnover margin is also second in the Big South and is forcing 19.0 turnovers per contest. That total stands third in the league and 92nd nationally.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Summer Price has taken the reins of the Camel offense. She is averaging 13.0 points per game, which includes a 23-point effort vs. VCU. She hit her season average vs. NCCU with five field goals.

A LITTLE SENIORITY: Brianna Cribb has shined in an expanded role as a senior. She has started the last two games and is the team's leading rebounder. She also tallied her first career double-double vs. SAU. Senior Bria Emanuel is averaging 7.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and is coming off a career-high 13 points vs. NCCU.

CAN'T BE TOO SOPH: Sophomores Hannah Long and Tiffany Daniel have stepped into extended roles this season. Long has started three games and is averaging career-highs 7.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Daniel has a team-high .810 shooting percentage to go with 5.0 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game.

THE NEWBIES: Freshman Breanna Foster tallied 19 points in the opener and stands second on the team in scoring (8.0 ppg). Taya Bolden is third on the team in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and had 10 boards vs. SAU.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Tuesday will be the 18th meeting between Campbell and Western Carolina. The Catamounts hold an 11-6 advantage in the all-time series but the Camels have won four of the last five games since the series resumed in 2011.

SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS: WCU (2-5) is coming off back-to-back losses in the Cal Classic last weekend. WCU gets to the free throw line often as its 127 FT attempts leads the SoCon and is 37th nationally. Their 100 made free throws are 14th nationally and their 78.7 FT percentage is 22nd.

LOOKING AHEAD: Following a short break for exams, the Camels will return to action in a week (Dec. 6) against East Tennessee State at home.