BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Riding a four-game winning streak, the Campbell women's basketball team is set to return to action Saturday afternoon in a Big South Conference matchup on the road at Gardner-Webb. Tipoff from Boiling Springs, North Carolina is set for 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 (14-4, 6-1 BSC) outscored High Point 13-4 in the fourth period to pull away and claim a 58-33 victory on Tuesday. Summer Price led three Camels in double figures with 14 points and MaKala Rouse tallied a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Panthers were the eighth team this season that the Camels held under 40 points and HPU was held to its lowest scoring output of the season.
PRICE NAMED POTW: For her efforts last week, Price was named Big South Player of the Week for the second time in her career. She's the second Camel to receive conference honors this season following Breanna Foster.
CHASING HISTORY: The Camels have matched their best start to a season in the program's NCAA era. Their 14-4 record equals the 1987-88 campaign that finished with a 23-5 record and ended in the BSC title game.
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 10 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 45.2 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 11 opponents under 50 points this year including a season-low 30 by N.C. Central.
PROTECTING THE ARC: Campbell also leads the country in three-point FG percentage defense as they have held opponents to just .237 shooting from long range. CU's overall FG percentage defense ranks fifth (.333).
KEEPING IT CLEAN: The Camels lead the Big South and have committed the 12th-fewest fouls in the nation with 257. That averages out to a league-low 14.3 per contest.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Campbell ranks in the top three in 14 different stat categories in the Big South, including a league-high 14.5 scoring margin. The Camels rank in the top six of the BSC in all but three categories.
LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Price and Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 12.4 points per game, which ranks sixth in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in nine of the last 12 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 9.3 points per game with 10 double-figure efforts.
STEALING THE SHOW: Rouse currently sits second in the Big South for steals with 2.2 per game and 40 overall.
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.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Saturday will mark the 31st time that the Camels will face off against the Runnin' Bulldogs. Gardner-Webb swept the season series for the first time ever last year but Campbell still leads the all-time series 19-11. The Camels have won eight of the last 11 meetings.
SCOUTING THE RUNNIN' BULLDOGS: Gardner-Webb (8-10, 3-4) is looking to snap a two-game skid Saturday after back-to-back losses to High Point and Charleston Southern. The Runnin' Bulldogs lead the Big South in three-point FG percentage (.347) helped by Tierra Huntsman's league-high .414 shooting percentage behind the arc and a conference best 2.0 trays per game. Her 15.1 ppg. ranks second in the league.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels play the next two games at home inside Gore Arena starting on Tuesday night against Liberty.