Rouse named Big South Player of the Week; Camels welcome Flames Tuesday

Rouse named Big South Player of the Week; Camels welcome Flames Tuesday

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Campbell junior guard MaKala Rouse 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 close out the first half of their league schedule Tuesday night when they put their five-game winning streak on the line against Liberty inside Gore Arena.

Rouse nearly averaged a triple-double between a pair of Camel victories last week to earn her first career Big South weekly honor. Her stat line included 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assist per game while shooting .570 from the field and a near perfect 8-for-9 (.880) from the free throw stripe.

Rouse earned her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over High Point on Tuesday. The Greensboro, North Carolina native followed it up with a career-high 20 points and just missed her second-straight double-double with a career-high nine assists in a tough road victory at Gardner-Webb on Saturday. Rouse iced the game away at GWU with a perfect 6-for-6 showing from the free throw stripe in the Camels' final three possessions of the game.

Rouse is the third Camel to receive Big South honors this season. She replaces teammate Summer Price as the reigning player of the week and Breanna Foster received the league's first freshman of the week nod back on November 14.

Live coverage of the Camels (15-4, 7-1 BSC) versus the Flames 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.

Campbell will be wearing gold laces during the contest to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. The Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer initiative supports the Go4thGoal Foundation. Since the foundation's beginnings in 2011, over 250,000 athletes have Laced Up to show their commitment to the fight against pediatric cancer.

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Tuesday's game marks final "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.

Fans in attendance will get to enjoy halftime entertainment from Xpogo stunt team, one of the word's premier extreme pogo entertainment groups. The team has performed over 10,000 shows across the world in 23 different countries. They own 13 Guinness World records.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

LAST TIME OUT: Campbell moved to 4-0 in Big South road games with a win at Gardner-Webb Saturday. Rouse led four double-figure scorers with a career-high 20 points and nearly had a double-double with a career-high nine assists. The Camels pulled away late with an 11-0 fourth-period run that proved to be difference.

CHASING HISTORY: Campbell has matched its best start to a season in the program's NCAA era. CU's15-4 record equals the 1987-88 campaign that finished with a 23-5 mark 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 11 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 46.1 points per game. That's two 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 .249 shooting from long range. CU's overall FG percentage defense ranks eighth (.340).

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 two categories.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Price and Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 12.5 points per game, which ranks fifth in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 13 games with a season-high 23 points versus VCU. Rouse has set a new career-high point total five times this year as her season scoring average sits at 9.8 points per game with 11 double-figure efforts.

STEALING THE SHOW: Rouse currently ranks second in the Big South in steals with 2.1 per game and 41 overall.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Tuesday marks the 32nd meeting between the Camels and Flames, making it one of the longest rivalries in the Big South. Liberty leads the all-time series 18-13 but Campbell leads 8-4 in Buies Creek. Liberty has won 11 of the last 12 meetings since CU re-joined the Big South, every regular season meeting in the last six years.

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.

SCOUTING THE FLAMES: After a tough non-conference slate, Liberty (6-13, 5-3) has rebounded with wins in five of eight Big South games but has dropped three in a row on the road. LU is the top rebounding team in the conference with 45.11 boards per game and its 19.0 offensive rebounds per contest is second nationally. The Camels and Flames are the top two teams in the league in rebound margin. Liberty is averaging 75.8 points per game in Big South play. Keyan Green leads the Flames with 11.6 points per game is tied for the national lead among freshmen with 8.5 rebounds per game.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will open the second-half of its Big South schedule in their second-straight home game vs. Longwood at 2 p.m. It's the annual alumni game and Coach Watkins will be honored for her Hall of Fame induction at a special halftime ceremony.