Camels and Highlanders battle as Big South unbeatens Tuesday

Camels and Highlanders battle as Big South unbeatens Tuesday

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Riding its longest winning streak in 15 years, the Campbell women's basketball team is looking for a 3-0 start in Big South Conference play against fellow league unbeaten Radford Tuesday night in a matchup inside Gore Arena. Tipoff in the pivotal clash is set for 7 p.m.

The Camels (10-3, 2-0 BSC) and Highlanders (10-3, 2-0) will be playing for the top spot in the Big South Conference. The winner leaves with the best record in the league and will remain in at least in a tie atop the conference standings.

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.

In an effort to welcome back Campbell students on the eve of the 2017 spring semester, Tuesday's game marks the first of four "Take Home Tuesday" promotional nights throughout the month of January. The first five students to arrive at the game and check-in on the Camel Rewards app will earn the opportunity to come down on the court at halftime and select a random envelope. Each envelope will contain various prizes including Campbell apparel, gift cards and coupons from area business and even more great items.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

LAST TIME OUT: Campbell moved to 2-0 in the Big South with a 54-37 home win over Charleston Southern on Saturday. Summer Price paced three Camels in double-figures with a game-high 15 points. The Camels held the Bucs to just a .280 clip from the field (14-for-50) and just .133 shooting (2-for-15) from three point range.

CCHASING HISTORY: Campbell's current seven-game winning streak is the program's longest since the 2000-01 season. CU is looking for its first 3-0 start to conference play since that campaign as well. A win would also tie best start to a season in the Camels' NCAA Division I era with an identical 11-3 record from to the 1987-88 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 seven games over .500. He coached a program-record four all-conference selections last year at PC.

THE COUNTRY'S TOP DEFENSE: CU has had the top scoring defense in all of NCAA Division I for the past five weeks as their opponent's scoring tally sits at just 46.5 points per game. That's three points lower than second place Green Bay and five points lower than third-place and national power Baylor, who sits at No. 2 in the national poll. The Camels have held eight opponents under 50 points this year including a season-low 30 by N.C. Central.

EVEN MORE DEFENSIVE: CU also ranks in the top five nationally in overall and three-point FG percentage defense. Opponents are shooting just .328 from the field and .239 from beyond the arc against the Camels. Those numbers stand fifth and fourth respectively in the national rankings and lead the Big South.

PLAYING NICE: Campbell has the 10th-fewest fouls in the nation with 197. That's just 15.2 per game.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: CU leads the Big South in eight major stat categories and ranks in the top six in but four.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Price and MaKala Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 12.2 points per game, which ranks eighth in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in nine of the last 11 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.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Radford owns a 22-12 lead in the all-time series including the last three contests. The Camels had a five game winning streak prior to the previous three games and are 3-2 vs. the Highlanders at Gore Arena.

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS: Radford enters the game after two 10-point Big South wins over Winthrop and Gardner-Webb last week. The matchup pits the top two defenses in the league with RU ranking 2nd in scoring defense (54.5 ppg) and FG percentage defense (.333). Radford's Destinee Walker ranks third in the league in scoring.

LOOKING AHEAD: Campbell will return to action on the road Saturday at Presbyterian in a homecoming matchup for Coach Fisher and various members of the Camels' coaching staff.