BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell will play the first of its final two home games of the regular season Tuesday night when it welcomes Presbyterian to Gore Arena for a 7 p.m. tip. The Camels are the co-leaders of the Big South Conference with four games left to play before the start of postseason action.
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.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
LAST TIME OUT: In a game that featured eight lead changes and six ties, Campbell (19-6, 11-3 BSC) outscored High Point 39-22 in the second half on the way to a 69-53 victory on the road Saturday. Brianna Cribb led four Camels in double-figures with a career-high 17 points and Hannah Long pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds and scored nine points.
EARLIER VS THE BLUE HOSE: CU turned in a historic defensive performance in its 49-39 win at PC on Jan. 14. The Blue Hose became the fourth conference opponent in program history that Campbell held under 40 points. PC was limited to just .185 (5-for-27) shooting from behind the arc and .280 shooting from the field (14-for-50).
HEAD COACH RONNY FISHER: Tuesday will mark the second game for head coach Ronny Fisher against his former team. Fisher spent the last eight years on PC sidelines and he turned the brand new DI program into a Big South contender in a short amount of time. He recently recorded his 100th career-coaching victory and has the Camels 13 games over .500. He coached a program-record four Blue Hose all-conference selections last year.
THE COUNTRY'S TOP DEFENSE: CU has had the top scoring defense in all of NCAA DI for the past ten weeks, as their opponent's scoring tally sits at just 47.6 points per game. That's four points lower than second place Green Bay and seven points lower than ninth place and national power UConn, who is ranked first in the national polls. 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 10th nationally in three point field percentage defense as it has limited opponents to just .268 shooting from long range. Campbell's overall field goal percentage defense ranks 18th (.355).
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Campbell ranks in the top three in 17 different stat categories in the Big South, including a league-high 13.0 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 Makala Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 12.6 points per game, which ranks seventh in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 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 stands at 9.4 points per game with 12 double-figure scoring efforts.
THE LONG BALL: Caroline Bowns sits among the best three-point shooters in the Big South. Her .430 shooting from long range tops the league & ranks 16th nationally while her 55 threes & 2.20 treys per game ranks second.
DEFENDING THE STATE: The Camels are a perfect 9-0 against North Carolina schools this season.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Presbyterian holds a 7-5 advantage all-time vs. Campbell and is 3-2 at Gore Arena. The Blue Hose swept the season series last year but the Camels snapped a three-game losing streak to PC last month.
SCOUTING THE BLUE HOSE: Presbyterian (10-15, 8-6) has won four of its last six games including a home win over Radford. Just like Coach Fisher's squad last year, the Blue Hose lead the league in a majority of three-point categories including 183 made on 647 attempts (21st NCAA). However, PC has struggled on the boards as its 10.9 rebound margin and 28.4 rebounds per game sits last in the league. Courtney Storey headlines the Blue Hose offense with 11.3 points per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will close out the home portion of its 2016-17 regular season schedule Saturday against Gardner-Webb. Prior to the contest, the team will honor its two seniors Brianna Cribb and Bria Emanuel.