Women's basketball set for Tuesday's Education Day vs. Saint Augustine's

Brianna Cribb, MaKala Rouse, Alyshia Allison  (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Brianna Cribb, MaKala Rouse, Alyshia Allison (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell is set to host thousands of area elementary school students for its seventh-annual Education Day game on Tuesday inside Gore Arena against St. Augustine's. Tipoff is set for 11:45 a.m.

Live video 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.


LAST TIME OUT: ETSU hit the game-winning layup in the final seconds of the game to give the Camels (3-3) a heartbreaking 56-55 loss last Tuesday. CU led for the majority of the game but fell just short of the upset. MaKala Rouse led three Camels in double-figure scoring with 15 points to go with five steals and four rebounds.

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 recently recorded his 100th victory on the sidelines and has CU at .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 15th nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 52.5 points per game. Coach Fisher's teams have always been known for their defensive intensity 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 third fewest turnovers in the Big South (102) and the 25th fewest in all of NCAA Division I. CU's turnover margin of 3.50 sits second in the league and is 65th nationally.

STEALING THE SHOW: Rouse currently tops the Big South and sits 23rd nationally in steals with 3.17 per game. As a team, the Camels rank second in the conference in forced turnovers with 20.50 per game.

SPREADING THE LOVE: CU ranks third in the Big South in assists with 12.8 per game and has assisted on 57 percent of its baskets. The Camels' 0.75 assist-to-turnover ratio also ranks third in the Conference.

PLAYING NICE: The Camels have the fifth fewest fouls in the nation with 97. That's just 16.1 per contest.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Summer Price and Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 11.8 points per game and is one of 14 double-figure scorers in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in three of the last four games, which includes 23 points versus VCU. Rouse has hit career-high point totals in the last three games to bring her season scoring average up to 9.2 points per game.

EDUCATION DAY SUCCESS: Campbell is a perfect 7-0 all-time in Education Day matchups dating back to the first event in November 2010.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Tuesday will be the 10th all-time meeting between CU and SAU but the first since 1986. The Camels have won seven of the nine matchups, but the Falcons won the last two during the 1985-86 season.

SCOUTING THE FALCONS: Saint Augustine's is looking to get back into the win column after an 81-60 loss to Clark Atlanta last week. The Falcons, a Division II University in Raleigh, N.C., are led offensively by Kaaliya Williams and Kiana Clark, who are averaging 12.2 and 10.4 points per game respectively. SAU stands 51st in DII in steals (85) and has gotten to the free throw stripe 202 times this season, which ranks 28th nationally.

LOOKING AHEAD: In one of the quickest turnarounds of the season, the Camels will return to action Thursday (Dec. 15) on the road at USC Upstate.