BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- After a two-week absence, the Campbell women's basketball team is set to play in front of its home crowd on Tuesday night when it welcomes East Tennessee State to Gore Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Live coverage of the game can be found on the Big South Network with Bill Priestly on the call. Live stats can be found at gocamels.com. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at gocamels.com and at the box office located in front of the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.
The basketball game concludes a day full of activates in conjunction with Campbell Athletics' exam study break on the campus' reading day. From 11 AM to 3 PM the Barnes & Noble Campbell bookstore will host an ugly Christmas sweater contest and puppies will be available to hold and play with.
Free coffee provided by Creek Coffee as well as doughnuts will be available while supplies last in Gore Arena starting at 6 p.m. upon the opening of the arena. The winner of the day's ugly Christmas sweater contest will be announced at halftime. The winner will receive a coupon for a free hoodie or sweatshirt from the campus bookstore.
LAST TIME OUT: Campbell (3-2) claimed an exciting 50-48 overtime victory at Western Carolina last Tuesday. Down by as many as 12 in the first half, MaKala Rouse hit the game winning-layup with 3.6 seconds left on the clock to claim the win. Summer Price led the Camels with 19 points while Rouse tallied a career-high 16 points to go with seven steals.
HEAD COACH RONNY FISHER: 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 recorded his 100th victory on the sidelines at WCU and has CU over .500 early this season. He coached a program-record four all-conference selections last year at PC.
A LITTLE DEFENSIVE: The Camels have shined on the defensive side of the ball early this season. They lead the Big South and rank 13th nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 51.8 points per game. 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), surpassed only by national champions UConn.
PROTECTING THE ROCK: Campbell currently has the fewest turnovers in the Big South (77) and the 10th fewest in all of NCAA Division I. CU's turnover margin of 5.20 leads the league and is 43rd nationally, while its 15.4 turnovers per game ranks second in the conference.
STEALING THE SHOW: Rouse currently tops the BSC and sits 51st nationally in steals with 2.80 per game. As a team, the Camels rank second in the conference in forced turnovers with 20.60 per game.
SPREADING THE LOVE: CU is currently leading the Big South in assists with 13.2 per game and has assisted on 56 percent of its baskets. The Camels' 0.68 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks second in the Big South.
PLAYING NICE: The Camels have the seventh fewest fouls in the nation with 83. That's just 16.6 per contest.
LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Price and Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 14.2 points per game, and that tally stands fifth in the BSC. She is coming off three-straight double-figure outings including 23 points vs. VCU. Rouse has hit career-high point totals in the last two games to bring her season scoring average up to 8.0 points per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Tonight is the 14th meeting between CU and ETSU and just the second as non-conference opponents. The Bucs hold a lopsided 12-1 advantage in the all-time series including 11 wins as A-Sun foes.
SCOUTING THE BUCS: ETSU (4-4) is coming off a 76-56 victory over Davidson on Saturday. Tianna Tarter leads the Bucs with an average of 18.8 points per game, which tops the SoCon and is 50th nationally. ETSU protects the three point line with the 24th best three-point field goal percentage defense in the country (25.2 percent). The Bucs also frequently get to the free throw stripe as their 170 attempts stands 34th nationally.
LOOKING AHEAD: Following a short break for exams, the Camels will return to action in a week (Dec. 13) against St. Augustine's in the annual education day game inside Gore Arena with an 11:45 AM tip.