Women's basketball travels to Puerto Rico to take on UAPB and Morgan State

Hayley Barber (Will Bratton photo)
Hayley Barber (Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- The Campbell women's basketball team is set to play outside the continental United States for the just the second time in program history when it travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico to play in the Puerto Rico Classico. The Camels will take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday, Dec. 19 and Morgan State on Tuesday, Dec 20. Tipoff for both games are set for 5:30 p.m (EST).

The Campbell Digital Network will provide live audio coverage of both contests through gocamels.com with Evan Budrovich on the call. Live stats will also be available for both games at gocamels.com.

Along with the games in San Juan, the Campbell players and staff will experience the culture of Puerto Rico through various outings including a paddle boarding excursion and a historical tour of Old San Juan. Fans are encouraged to check out the Camels' various social media pages throughout the week to follow along with all the Camels' travels.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

LAST TIME OUT: The Camels (5-3) won their fourth game in the last five outings with a 56-41 win at USC Upstate on Thursday. CU held the Spartans to a season-low .290 shooting percentage and shot a season-high .490 from the field. Hannah Long led three Camel double-figure scorers with 15 points while Summer Price added 12 points.

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.

THE COUNTRY'S TOP DEFENSE: CU currently owns the top scoring defense in all of NCAA DI, allowing opponents to score just 48.6 points per game. The Camels have held five opponents under 50 points this year including a season-low 30 by N.C. Central. Coach Fisher's 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 (131) and the 54th fewest in all of NCAA DI. CU's 16.4 turnovers per game also stands second in the league.

STEALING THE SHOW: MaKala Rouse currently tops the Big South and sits 45th nationally in steals with 2.75 per game. Her 22 total steals ranks second in the conference and is also in the top 100 in the country.

SPREADING THE LOVE: Campbell ranks third in the Big South in total assists with 100 and has assisted on 54 percent of its baskets. The Camels' 0.76 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks third in the conference.

PLAYING NICE: Campbell has the 13th fewest fouls in the nation with 119. That's a league-low 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 15 double-figure scorers in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in five of the last six 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 9.4 points per game.

ALL-TIME SERIES: CU will be playing UAPB for the first time ever and taking on Morgan State for just the second time. The Camels topped the Bears 70-66 in a neutral site contest at Longwood early in the 2007-08 season.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN LIONS: Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-6) has won its last two contests over NAIA foes to snap an 0-6 start to the season. UAPB is led by Niya Head, who is averaging 13.3 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game.

SCOUTING THE BEARS: MSU is 2-6 coming into its Sunday matchup with Robert Morris. The Bears are led by Braennan Farrar, who is averaging 15.5 points per game, and Tykrah Williams at 5.5 rebounds per game.

LOOKING AHEAD: Following the contests in Puerto Rico, the Camels will take off for the Christmas holiday and return to action on Thursday, Dec. 29th back at home against Columbia College in the final non-conference game of the season.