Camels head to Charleston for Tuesday night matchup with Bucs

Brianna Cribb (Will Bratton photo)
Brianna Cribb (Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell will look to remain atop the Big South Standings Tuesday night when it travels to take on Charleston Southern for a 7 p.m. tip inside the Buccaneer Field House.

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: Bria Emanuel registered a double-double and Summer Price scored 21 points to lead Campbell (16-5, 8-2 BSC) to a 74-50 victory over Longwood Saturday. The Camels only committed a season-low five turnovers while forcing 18 miscues. An 11-4 run to start the fourth period officially put the game out of reach after a 15-0 start to the contest.

EARLEIR VS THE BUCS: Campbell claimed a 54-37 home win over Charleston Southern on Jan. 7. Price paced three Camels in double-figures with a game-high 15 points. The Camels held the Bucs to just a .280 clip from the field (14-for-50) and just .133 shooting (2-for-15) from three point range.

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 eight weeks, as their opponent's scoring tally sits at just 46.8 points per game. That's four 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 third nationally in three point FG percentage defense as it has held opponents to just .253 shooting from long range. Campbell's overall FG percentage defense ranks 12th (.349).

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Campbell ranks in the top three in 17 different stat categories in the Big South, including a league-high 13.9 scoring margin. The Camels sit in the top six of the BSC in all but two categories.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Price and MaKala Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 13.2 points per game, which ranks sixth in the BSC. She has scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 games & four of those were 20-point outings. Rouse has set a new career-high point total five times as her season scoring average sits at 9.8 points per game with 12 double-figure scoring efforts.

STEALING THE SHOW: Rouse currently ranks third in the Big South in steals with 2.1 per game and 45 overall.

PLAYING NICE: Campbell has the 12th-fewest fouls in the nation and a league-low 14.6 per game.

WATKINS IN THE HALL: Former head coach Wanda Watkins was recently inducted into to the Campbell University Sports Hall of Fame. She has 549 career wins at Campbell between 35 years on the sidelines.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Campbell owns a commanding 30-4 lead in the all-time series despite the Bucs sweeping both games last season for the first time in history. The Bucs won their first ever game versus the Camels on their home court last year.

SCOUTING THE BUCCANEERS: Charleston Southern has won six of its last eight games after falling to Campbell in early January and sits fourth in the league. The Bucs are led by Ke'Askia Jackson, whose 15.0 points per game ranks second in the Big South. CSU leads the league in forced turnovers (21.52 per game, 15th NCAA), turnover margin (5.62, 20th NCAA) and steals (9.2 per game). The Bucs have struggled to score beyond the arc as their 4.9 three's per game stands ninth in the league.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will return home Saturday to take on UNC Asheville in the annual Play 4 Kay game at 2 p.m.