Camels set to Play 4 Kay Saturday vs. UNC Asheville

Camels set to Play 4 Kay Saturday vs. UNC Asheville

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- The Campbell women's basketball team is set to host its annual Play 4 Kay game Saturday afternoon against UNC Asheville inside Gore Arena. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

The Camels will be wearing special edition pink uniforms versus the Bulldogs Saturday. Prior to the contest, Campbell will honor cancer survivors in attendance and they will participate in the team's pregame intros.

Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink to support the cause but can also receive special commutative tee shirts with any donation made to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. 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.

The annual Play 4Kay initiative provides coaches and student athletes around the country the opportunity to "come together as one" to raise awareness for women's cancer research on the court, in their communities and beyond.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was founded on December 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization's namesake and former NC State head women's basketball coach, Kay Yow, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and passed away on January 24, 2009 following a 22-year battle with the dreaded disease.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation, is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research and related programs, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

For full information on the Kay Yow Foundation and the Play 4Kay initiative please visit KayYow.com.

Fans not in attendance Saturday can follow live coverage of the contest 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.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

LAST TIME OUT: Charleston Southern rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit and out-scored Campbell (16-6, 8-3) 42-12 in the second half en route to a 60-43 win on Tuesday. Caroline Bowns and MaKala Rouse led the Camels with nine points apiece but the Camels were held to just .200 shooting in the second half (4-for-20) and committed 22 turnovers overall. Despite the loss, the Camels still remain a tie for the lead in the Big South standings by virtue of Radford's loss to Liberty.

EARLEIR VS THE BULLDOGS: Campbell opened conference play with a 61-55 win at preseason favorites UNC Asheville on Jan. 3. Rouse led three Camels in double-figures with 16 points and Brianna Cribb had a double-double with a career-high 12 points and 10 rebounds. CU only trailed for three minutes and led by as many as 15 versus the defending conference champs.

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 late in the season. 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 47.4 points per game. That's three points lower than second place Green Bay and four 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 is ranked fifth nationally in three point FG percentage defense as it has held opponents to just .256 shooting from long range. The Camels' overall FG percentage defense ranks 18th nationally (.355).

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Campbell ranks in the top three in 15 different stat categories in the Big South, including a league-high 12.5 scoring margin. The Camels sit in the top six of the BSC in all but three categories.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Summer Price and Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 12.9 points per game, which ranks sixth in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in eight of the last 11 games and four of those were 20-point outings. Rouse has set a new career-high point total five times and 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 47 overall.

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: Saturday will be the 47th all-time meeting between CU and UNCA, the second-longest rivalry in Campbell history. CU leads the all-time series 37-9 and has won 10 of the last 12 matchups.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: UNC Asheville (11-11, 5-6) currently sits below .500 in Big South play despite earning top billing in the conference's preseason rankings as the defending champions. After leading the BSC in scoring last season, the Bulldog offense now ranks third in the league (64.6 ppg). The Bulldogs have committed the fewest turnovers in the conference (318), but they sit last in forced turnovers (13.55 per game) and steals (5.5 per game).

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