Camels host Bucs in Big South home opener Saturday afternoon

No. 33 MaKala Rouse (Bennett Scarborough Photo)
No. 33 MaKala Rouse (Bennett Scarborough Photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Riding a six-game winning streak, the Campbell women's basketball team will play the first of this season's nine Big South Conference games inside Gore Arena on Saturday afternoon against Charleston Southern. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

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.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

LAST TIME OUT: Campbell (9-3, 1-0 BSC) opened conference play with a 61-55 win on the road at preseason favorites UNC Asheville on Tuesday. MaKala Rouse led three Camels in double-figures with a career-high 16 points while Brianna Cribb had a double-double with a career-high 12 points and 10 rebounds. CU claimed its second-straight regular season victory over the reigning league champs after only trailing for three minutes and leading by as many as 15.

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 six games over .500. He coached a program-record four all-conference selections last year at PC.

A HOT START: Campbell's 9-3 start to the season is the best record through 12 games since the 2012-13 season. A win Saturday would give the Camels their longest winning streak since the 2000-01 campaign.

THE COUNTRY'S TOP DEFENSE: Campbell has had the top scoring defense in all of NCAA DI for the past four weeks as their opponent's scoring tally sits at just 46.5 points per game. The Camels have held seven 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.

LIMITING THE TREY: CU is holding opponents to a conference-low .250 shooting percentage from beyond the arc and that tally stands 10th nationally. Its overall FG percentage defense of .332 ranks eighth nationally.

PLAYING NICE: Campbell has the 10th-fewest fouls in the nation with 181. That's a league-low 15.1 per game.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Summer Price and Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 12.0 points per game, which ranks seventh in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 games, and that tally includes a team-high 23 points versus VCU. Rouse has hit career-high point totals four times this season to bring her season scoring average up to double figures at 10.1 points per game. Defensively she leads the Camels in blocks and steals while ranking third in rebounding.

STEALING THE SHOW: Rouse currently sits second the Big South in steals with 2.42 per game and 29 overall.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: CU leads the BSC in eight major stat categories & ranks in the top five in but three.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Campbell owns a commanding 29-4 lead in the all-time series despite the Bucs sweeping both games last season for the first time in series. The Camels have won 11 of 12 games versus CSU in Buies Creek.

SCOUTING THE BUCS: Charleston Southern (6-6, 0-1) is looking to snap a four-game losing streak after dropping its Big South opener versus Liberty 72-61. The Bucs are led by Ke'Askia Jackson, who is averaging a league-high 15.6 points per game. CSU leads the league in forced turnovers (21.92 per game) and turnover margin (6.0) with just the second-fewest turnovers (191) in the BSC.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will play its second-straight home game Tuesday night when it welcomes co-Big South leaders Radford to Gore Arena for a 7 p.m. tip.