Price named Big South Player of the Week; Camels host High Point Tuesday

Summer Price (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Summer Price (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell's Summer Price has been named the Big South Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday. The Camels will put their three-game winning streak on the line Tuesday night against in-state rival High Point at Gore Arena.

Price was also named the College Sports Madness Big South Player of the Week in addition to her second career conference weekly honor. The junior guard posted back-to-back 20-point games for the Camels last week in wins over Winthrop and Longwood. She shot .510 from the field (14-for-27) and .420 from three-point range (9-for-21) while adding four assists and four steals.

Price connected on five three's and shot 6-for-12 from the floor en route to 20 points versus the Eagles Tuesday. The Beaverdam, Virginia native followed it up with her second-straight 20-point performance Saturday at Longwood on four three's and added three assists plus a steal. Price is the second Camel to receive Big South honors this season following Breanna Foster's freshman of the week selection back on November 14.

Live coverage of Camels (13-4, 5-1 BSC) versus Panthers 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 third 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: The Camels knocked down 10 three-pointers and held off a late comeback in their 66-54 win at Longwood. The Camels out-scored the Lancers 24-10 in the third period and turned a narrow two-point halftime lead to 23 late in the contest. CU shot a season-high .551 from the field and Price scored a game-high 20 points for the second-straight game. Caroline Bowns hit five three's to register a career-high 15 points.

CHASING HISTORY: The Camels have matched their best start to a season in the program's NCAA era. Their 13-4 record equals the 1987-88 and 1990-91 campaigns that finished with 23-5 and 22-7 records respectively.

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 nine 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 seven weeks, as their opponent's scoring tally sits at just 45.9 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 10 opponents under 50 points this year including a season-low 30 by N.C. Central.

PROTECTING THE ARC: Campbell ranks second nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense as they have held opponents to just .244 shooting from long range. CU's overall field goal percentage defense ranks sixth (.335).

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Campbell ranks in the top three in 14 different stat categories in the Big South, including a league-high 13.9 scoring margin. The Camels rank in the top six of the conference in all but three categories.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Price and MaKala Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 12.3 points per game, which ranks sixth in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in eight of the last 11 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 9.2 points per game with nine double-figure efforts.

STEALING THE SHOW: Rouse currently sits second in the Big South in steals with 2.2 per game and 38 overall.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Tuesday's game is the 37th meeting between Campbell and High Point. HPU leads the all-time series 23-13, but the series is tied 8-8 in Buies Creek. Each side won on the other team's home court last season.

WATKINS HEADING TO THE HALL: Former head coach Wanda Watkins was recently announced as a member of the 2017 induction class to the Campbell University Sports Hall of Fame. She has 549 career wins at Campbell after stepping off the sidelines last season following her 35th year at the helm.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: High Point boasts just a 5-12 overall record but sits 3-3 in the Big South after a win over Gardner-Webb Saturday. The Panthers own the highest scoring offense in the league (67.1 ppg) and tops the conference in assists (14.3 per game) and free-throw percentage (.760). Emma Bockrath leads HPU with 11.6 points per game.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will head back out on the road Saturday for another Big South matchup at Gardner-Webb.