Camels and Eagles set for Tuesday night matchup in Rock Hill

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

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Coming off a dramatic one-point victory over UNC Asheville on Saturday, Campbell returns to action Tuesday at Winthrop in the first of two Big South Conference road games this week. Tipoff from Rock Hill, S.C. is set for 7 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: UNCA's attempt at the game-winning jumper at the buzzer rolled off the front of the rim as Campbell (17-6, 9-3 BSC) claimed a 61-60 win over the Bulldogs Saturday. Up by as many as 15 in the first half, the Camels still led wire-to-wire in the narrow victory. Hayley Barber led three double-figure scorers with a career-high 15 points.

EARLEIR THIS SEASON VS THE EAGLES: Campbell held Winthrop to a program-low point tally for conference foes in its 61-32 win over the Eagles on Jan. 17. The Camels converted 27 Eagle turnovers into 27 points and they have been the only opponent CU has held without a three pointer this season. Summer Price led the Camels with 20 points.

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 late in the season. He coached a program-record four all-conference selections last year at PC.

THE NATION'S TOP DEFENSE: Campbell has had the top scoring defense in all of NCAA DI for the past nine weeks, as their opponent's scoring tally sits at just 48.0 points per game. That's two points lower than second place Green Bay and three 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 12th nationally in three point FG percentage defense as it has limited opponents to just .268 shooting from long range. Campbell's overall FG percentage defense ranks 24th (.358).

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 conference in all but three categories.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Price and MaKala Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 12.8 points per game, which ranks seventh in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight 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 9.5 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 49 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: One of the Big South's longest rivalries, Campbell and Winthrop will be meeting for the 40th time Tuesday. CU leads the all-time series 29-10, but is just 5-6 versus WU since re-joining the league in 2011.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Winthrop (2-22, 1-11) snapped a 17-game losing streak with a win over Longwood on Jan. 24, but has dropped its last five since then. Despite Erica Williams' league-high 15.3 points per game, the Eagles are only scoring 51.7 points per game as a team while giving up 77.1 points per game for a -25.4 scoring margin (all rank last in the Big South). WU owns a league-low .345 FG percentage and .432 FG percentage defense, while only tallying 9.6 assists per game.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will travel to take on in-state rival High Point Saturday afternoon.