Camels welcome Eagles to Gore Arena Tuesday night

Brianna Cribb (Will Bratton photo)
Brianna Cribb (Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- The Campbell Camels and Winthrop Eagles are set for a Big South Conference women's basketball matchup on Tuesday night inside Gore Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 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 and in-game updates will be provided on the Camels' Twitter page, @GoCamelsWBB. 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.

Tuesday's game marks the second 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 (11-4, 3-1 BSC) turned in a historic defensive performance in its 49-39 win over Presbyterian College on Saturday. The Blue Hose became the fourth conference opponent in program history that the Camels held under 40 points. PC was limited to just a .185 (5-for-27) shooting clip from behind the arc and .280 shooting from the field (14-for-50). CU also held PC to a program-low six points in the third period. Hayley Barber & Brianna Cribb led the Camels with 10 points apiece while Hannah Long had a career-high 11 rebounds.

CHASING HISTORY: The Camels have matched the best start to a season in the program's NCAA era. Their 11-4 mark equal the 1987-88 and 1990-91 seasons and they are now chasing the 1987-88 team's 13-4 record. Campbell's recent seven-game winning streak is the program's longest since the 2000-01 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 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: Campbell has had the top scoring defense in all of NCAA DI for the past six weeks, as their opponent's scoring tally sits at just 46.3 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 is ranked No. 2 in the national polls. The Camels have held nine opponents under 50 points this year including a season-low 30 by N.C. Central.

EVEN MORE DEFENSIVE: Campbell ranks second nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense as they have held opponents to just .239 shooting from long range. CU's overall field goal percentage defense ranks seventh (.335).

PLAYING NICE: Campbell has the 12th-fewest fouls in the nation with 220. That's just 14.7 per game.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Campbell ranks in the top three in 14 different stat categories in the Big South, including a league-high 13.0 scoring margin. The Camels rank no lower than sixth 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 11.3 points per game, which ranks 11th in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in six of the last nine 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 9.4 points per game. Defensively, she leads the Big South in steals (2.20 per game) while leading the team in blocks and ranking second in rebounds.

ALL-TIME SERIES: One of the Big South's longest rivalries, Campbell and Winthrop will be meeting for the 34th time on Tuesday. CU leads the all-time series 23-10, but is just 4-6 versus WU since re-joining the league in 2011.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES: After winning its season opener over DIII N.C. Wesleyan, Winthrop has dropped its last 15 contests, which includes its opening four BSC games. Despite Erica Williams' 13.8 points per game (4th BSC), the Eagles are only scoring 51.0 ppg. as a team while giving up 77.3 ppg. for a -26.3 scoring margin. Winthrop owns a league-low .339 field goal percentage and .440 field goal percentage defense, while only tallying 9.1 assists per game. However, WU's .772 free throw percentage does rank third in the league and its 126 steals and stand fourth.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will return to action Saturday at Longwood in the second of three-straight weekend road games.