Women's basketball faces former ASUN rival USC Upstate Thursday

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell will travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina to take on USC Upstate Thursday night in a battle between former Atlantic Sun Conference foes. Tipoff from the G.B. Hodge Center is set for 7 p.m.

Live coverage of the game can be found on ESPN3 via verification from the Watch ESPN app available on computers, smartphones and television streaming devices such as Roku, Google Chromecast and Apple TV. Audio coverage with Bill Priestly on the call, as well as live stats, can be found on gocamels.com.

Those looking to attend the game can purchase tickets in advance at upstatespartans.com or at the box office located at the arena during pregame. Adult general admission tickets are $8, children and student GA seats are $5.

THURSDAY'S STORYLINES

LAST TIME OUT: The Camels (4-3) rolled to a 69-33 victory over St. Augustine's in front of 2,851 students, teachers and fans in CU's seventh-annual Education Day. Summer Price and Caroline Bowns each had 12 points while CU held SAU to a season low .236 shooting and held a 55-28 rebounding advantage, the largest margin this season.

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 the Camels 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 fifth nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 49.7 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 second fewest turnovers in the Big South (114) and the 31st fewest in all of NCAA DI. CU's turnover margin of 3.43 leads the league and is 62nd nationally.

STEALING THE SHOW: MaKala Rouse currently tops the Big South and sits 25th nationally in steals with 3.00 per game. As a team, the Camels rank second in the conference in forced turnovers with 19.71 per game.

SPREADING THE LOVE: Campbell ranks third in the Big South in assists with 12.9 per game and has assisted on 56 percent of its baskets. The Camels' 0.79 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks second in the conference.

PLAYING NICE: Campbell has the fifth fewest fouls in the nation with 104. That's a league-high 14.9 per game.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Summer Price and Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 11.9 points per game and is one of 14 double-figure scorers in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, which includes 23 points versus VCU. Rouse has hit career-high point totals three times this season to bring her season scoring average up to 8.9 points per game.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Thursday will be the ninth all-time meeting between CU and Upstate and the first as non-conference foes. The Camels won five of the eight meetings when both teams were members of the ASUN but were just 2-2 in Spartanburg. Their last meeting saw CU set a Gore Arena scoring record against DI opponents with 98 points.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS: Upstate (5-6) is coming off a 73-67 overtime victory at S.C. State earlier this week. Three of Upstate's five wins have come against non-DI opponents while three of its losses have come against Power 5 teams. Raven Jefferson leads the Spartan offense with 12.8 points per game. As a team, Upstate ranks 16th nationally in total steals (118) and 47th in steals per game (10.7).

LOOKING AHEAD: Campbell will return to action with a pair of games in San Juan, Puerto Rico as a part of in the Puerto Rico Classico. It will be the second time in program history that the Camels will play outside the continental US. CU will face Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Monday, Dec. 19 and then take on Morgan State on Tuesday, Dec. 20.