Camels and Blue Hose set to meet in Saturday matinee

(Will Bratton photo)
(Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Fresh off its longest winning streak in 15 seasons, the Campbell women's basketball team will return to action on the road Saturday for a Big South Conference matchup against Presbyterian in Clinton, South Carolina. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

Live coverage of the game can be found on the Big South Network. Live stats can be found at and in-game updates will be provided on the Camels' Twitter page, @GoCamelsWBB.


LAST TIME OUT: Campbell saw its seven game winning streak snapped by conference leaders Radford on Tuesday. RU held a commanding 38-23 rebounding advantage and shot .500 from the field en route to the wire-to-wire victory. Brianna Cribb tallied a career-high 16 points for CU, which could only score 11 points off 17 RU turnovers.

CHASING HISTORY: A Camel win on Saturday will tie the program's best start to a season in their NCAA era matching the 1987-88 and 1990-91 campaigns. CU's seven-game winning streak was the program's longest since the 2000-01 season.

THE HOMECOMING: Saturday will be the first game for head coach Ronny Fisher back at Presbyterian. Fisher is coming off eight seasons at PC, where he turned the brand new DI program into a Big South contender in a short amount of time. He guided the Blue Hose to a 97-144 overall record throughout his tenure and was named Big South Coach of the Year in 2012-13 when the team posted a 19-12, 14-4 record. PC earned a bid to the Women's Basketball Invitational that year, its first post-season appearance since joining the Big South in 2007. Fisher recently recorded his 100th victory on the sidelines and has the Camels six games over .500. He coached a program-record four Blue Hose all-conference selections last year.

THE COUNTRY'S TOP DEFENSE: The Camels have been the top scoring defense in all of NCAA DI for the past five weeks, as their opponent's scoring tally sits at just 46.9 points per game. That's two points lower than second place Green Bay and four points lower than third place and national power Baylor, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the national polls. The Camels have held eight opponents under 50 points this year including a season-low 30 by N.C. Central.

EVEN MORE DEFENSIVE: Campbell ranks fifth nationally in three-point FG percentage defense as opponents are shooting just .247 from behind the arc. The Camels' overall FG percentage defense is 12th with opponent's shooting clip sitting at .339.

PLAYING NICE: Campbell has the 11th-fewest fouls in the nation with 207. That's just 14.8 per game.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Campbell ranks in the top three in 16 different stat categories including a league-high 13.2 scoring margin. The Camels rank in the top six stat categories in all but four categories.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Summer Price and MaKala Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 11.6 points per game, which ranks ninth in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in six of the last eight games with a season-high 23 points versus VCU. Rouse has hit career-high point totals four times this year as her season scoring average sits at 9.5 points per game. Defensively, she leads the Big South in steals (2.21 per game) while leading the team in blocks and ranking second in rebounds.

ALL-TIME SERIES: PC leads the all-time series 7-4 with a 4-2 mark at home. The Blue Hose swept the season series last year for just the second time and have won three-straight in the series.

SCOUTING THE BLUE HOSE: After a tough stretch through non-conference play, Presbyterian has won two of its last three games to start BSC action. Just like Coach Fisher's squad last year, PC leads the league in all three-point categories including 101 made trays on 363 attempts. However, the Blue Hose have struggled on the boards with just a -12.2 rebound margin. Courtney Storey headlines the Blue Hose offense with 12.5 points per game.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will welcome Winthrop to Gore Arena in the second of four-straight Tuesday home matchups. Tipoff will be at 7 p.m.