Camels face tough road test Saturday at High Point

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

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- In-state rivals Campbell and High Point are set for a key Big South Conference women's basketball matchup at the Millis Center on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Each side sits in the top three of the conference standings with just four games remaining in the regular season.

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: Campbell (18-6, 10-3 BSC) rolled to a 35-point win at Winthrop Tuesday behind a 30-point outing from Caroline Bowns, the most by a Camel this season. Bowns hit a program-record nine three pointers and the team as a whole knocked down a program-record 14 treys. It was the seventh game this season Campbell gave up less than 40 points.

EARLIER THIS SEASON VS THE PANTHERS: Campbell outscored High Point 13-4 in the fourth period to pull away and claim a 58-33 victory at Gore Arena on Jan. 24. Summer Price led three Camels in double figures with 14 points and MaKala Rouse tallied a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. HPU was held to its lowest scoring output of the season.

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 12 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 nine 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 six points lower than eighth place and national power UConn, who is undefeated and has been ranked first in the national polls all season. Campbell has held 12 opponents under 50 points this year including a season-low 30 by N.C. Central.

PROTECTING THE ARC: CU is ranked 14th nationally in three point field goal percentage defense as it has limited opponents to just .271 shooting from long range. Campbell's overall field goal percentage defense ranks 18th (.355).

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Campbell ranks in the top three in 18 different stat categories in the Big South, including a league-high 12.9 scoring margin. The Camels sit in the top six of the BSC in all but three 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 seventh in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games and four of those were 20-point outings. Rouse has set a new career-high point total five times this year and her season scoring average sits at 9.3 points per game with 12 double-figure scoring efforts.

THE LONG BALL: Bowns leads the Big South in nearly every three-point category. Her 53 three's overall and 2.21 per game top the league while her .427 shooting beyond the arc leads the way and ranks 21st nationally.

DEFENDING THE STATE: The Camels are a perfect 8-0 against North Carolina schools this season.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Today's game is the 38th meeting between Campbell and High Point. HPU leads the all-time series 23-14, but the CU is looking for its third-straight win in the series after claiming just its second ever road victory at High Point last season.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: High Point (11-13, 9-4) is riding a six-game winning streak after falling to the Camels a few weeks ago. The Panthers own the highest scoring offense in the league (68.9 ppg.) and top the conference in assists (14.1 per game). HPU also owns the Big South's best three point percentage (.360). Emma Bockrath leads the Panther offense and ranks fifth in the conference in scoring with 13.8 points per game and owns a league-best 1.46 assist/turnover ratio.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will play the first of their final two regular season home games at Gore Arena on Tuesday night when they welcome Presbyterian for a 7 p.m. tip.