Campbell begins Big South second half Sat. vs. Longwood on Alumni Day

Taya Bolden (Will Bratton photo)
Taya Bolden (Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- The second half of the Campbell women's basketball team's 18-game Big South Conference slate begins Saturday afternoon with a matchup against Longwood at 2:00 p.m. inside Gore Arena.

Live coverage of the contest 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.

Saturday is also the Camels' annual Alumni Day in which Campbell Athletics will welcome back dozens of former players. All registered attendees will enjoy the game inside the president's suite featuring a special reception and catered meal. During halftime, all former players will be invited onto the floor to participate in a special ceremony honoring CU women's basketball's newest inductee into the Campbell Sports Hall of Fame, former head coach Wanda Watkins following her 35 years on the sidelines.

Space is still open for interested alumni not yet registered for the event. Any interested individuals can RSVP to Tony Delp, associate athletics director for advancement, at 910-893-1329 or delp@campbell.edu.

Also set to take place following the game is Campbell Athletics' Daddy/Daughter date day. All parties that RSVP'd before the deadline will be invited to the Fred McCall Practice Gym to enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a daddy/daughter photo booth. The event will also feature appearances from Campbell coaches and players.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

LAST TIME OUT: Summer Price registered her fourth 20-point game of the season, but Campbell (15-5, 7-2 BSC) saw its five-game winning streak snapped by Liberty on Tuesday. The Camels rallied to take their first lead of the game early in the fourth period after trailing by 10 in the third, but a late 12-1 run by the Flames proved to be the difference.

EARLIER THIS SEASON AT LONGWOOD: Campbell knocked down 10 threes and held off a late comeback in its 66-54 win at Longwood on Jan. 21. The Camels out-scored the Lancers 24-10 in the third 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 20 in that game as well.

ROUSE NAMED POTW: After nearly averaging a triple-double last week, MaKala Rouse was named Big South Player of the Week, her first career Big South honor. She's the third Camel to receive BSC weekly honors this season following Price's selection last week and Breanna Foster's Freshman of the Week nod in late November.

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 46.7 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: CU is ranked second nationally in three point field goal percentage defense as it has held opponents to just .253 shooting from long range. Campbell's overall field goal 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 13.4 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 12.9 points per game, which ranks fifth in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 14 games and three of those were 20-point outings. Rouse has set a new career-high point total five times this year as her season scoring average sits at 10.0 points per game with 12 double-figure scoring efforts.

STEALING THE SHOW: Rouse currently ranks second in the Big South in steals with 2.2 per game and 44 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: Today's game is the 18th meeting between the Camels and Lancers. Campbell is on an eight-game winning streak in the series and is a perfect 9-0 all-time versus Longwood in Buies Creek.

SCOUTING THE LANCERS: Longwood (3-17, 0-9) is still searching for its first BSC win of the season. The Lancers have struggled defensively this year with the ninth-ranked scoring defense in the league (76.4 ppg.). Opponents are shooting a league-high .343 against them from three-point range. Eboni Gillam and Dayna Rouse lead LWU with averages of 9.8 and 8.8 ppg. respectively. Gillam is pulling down a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will return to action Tuesday on the road at Charleston Southern looking for the season-sweep of the Buccaneers.