Camels return to action Saturday at Longwood

Caroline Bowns (Will Bratton photo)
Caroline Bowns (Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- The Campbell women's basketball team will return to action Saturday afternoon for a Big South Conference matchup against Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia at 2 p.m.

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

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

LAST TIME OUT: Campbell (12-4, 4-1 BSC) held Winthrop to a program-low point tally for conference foes in its 61-32 win over the Eagles on Tuesday. The Camels converted 27 Eagle turnovers into 27 points and they were the first opponent the Camels held without a three pointer this season. Summer Price led all scorers with 20 points, her second 20-point effort this year.

CHASING HISTORY: The Camels have matched their best start to a season in the program's NCAA era. Their 12-4 record equals the 1987-88 and 1990-91 seasons and they are now chasing the 1990-91 team's 13-4 mark.

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 eight 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 45.4 points per game. That's three points lower than second place Green Bay and four points lower than third place and national power Baylor, who is ranked No. 2 in the national polls. The Camels have held 10 opponents under 50 points this year including a season-low 30 by N.C. Central.

PROTECTING THE ARC: Campbell also leads the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense as they have held opponents to just .232 shooting from long range. CU's overall field goal percentage defense ranks fifth (.333).

PLAYING NICE: Campbell has the 13th-fewest fouls in the nation with 231. That's just 14.4 per game.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Campbell ranks in the top three in 14 different stat categories in the Big South, including a league-high 14.0 scoring margin. The Camels rank no lower than sixth in all but four categories.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Price and MaKala Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 11.8 points per game, which ranks 10th in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in seven of the last 10 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 9.1 points per game. Defensively, she sits second in the Big South for steals (36, 2.20 per game) while leading the team in blocks and ranking fourth in rebounds.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Today's game is the 17th meeting between the Camels and Lancers. Campbell is on a seven game winning streak in the series and has won seven of eight contests as Big South foes.However, Longwood has won four of the seven matchups in Farmville, with the last win coming in 2013.

SCOUTING THE LANCERS: Longwood (3-13, 0-5) is still seeking its first conference win of the season, coming into the matchup with an 0-5 mark. The Lancers have struggled defensively this season, giving up a league-high 77.6 points per game and is allowing opponents to shoot a league-high .331 from three point range. The Lancers scoring margin sits at -23.0 with an average of just 54.6 points per game. Eboni Gillam and Dayna Rouse lead LWU with averages of 9.6 and 9.4 ppg. respectively. Gillam is pulling down a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will return to Gore Arena on Tuesday night against High Point.