Camels set for home finale Saturday vs. Runnin' Bulldogs

Bria Emanuel (Will Bratton photo)
Bria Emanuel (Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell will play its final home game of the 2016-17 regular season Saturday against Gardner-Webb at 2 p.m. inside Gore Arena. Prior to the game, the Camels will honor their two seniors Brianna Cribb and Bria Emanuel.

The broadcast can be found exclusively on ESPN3 via verification from the Watch ESPN app available on computers, smartphones and television streaming devices such as Roku, Google Chromecast and Apple TV. Chris Hemeyer and Kelley Deyo will have the call.

Audio coverage with Bill Priestly on the call, as well as live stats, can be found on gocamels.com. 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. Tickets purchased for the game are also good for admission to the Campbell men's basketball game at 4:30 p.m.

The Campbell Student Government Association is sponsoring a special giveaway of Campbell gloves to the first 100 students in attendance. There will also be free samples of Mama Bird's Ice Cream available as well.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

LAST TIME OUT: Campbell (20-6, 12-3 BSC) clinched its eighth 20-win season in program history Tuesday night with a 50-42 victory over Presbyterian. Hannah Long led the Camels with her second double-double of the season at 12 points and 14 rebounds. It was the 13th time this year that Campbell held an opponent under 50 points.

20: CU hit the 20-win mark in regular season play for just the fourth time and the first since the 2000-01 season.

THANK YOU SENIORS: Prior to Saturday's game the Camels will honor their two seniors, Brianna Cribb and Bria Emanuel, who will be playing in their final home game. After both transferring from junior colleges, they have made major impacts over the last two seasons. Cribb has started every game this year and Emanuel has played in 25 games with three starts.

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 14 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 ten 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 ranked first in the national polls. Campbell has held eight opponents under 40 points this year including a season-low 30 by N.C. Central.

PROTECTING THE ARC: CU is ranked 14th nationally in three point FG percentage defense as it has limited opponents to just .270 shooting from long range. Campbell's overall FG percentage defense ranks 23rd (.357).

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Campbell ranks in the top three in 16 different stat categories in the Big South.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Summer Price and Makala Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 12.5 points per game, which ranks seventh in the BSC. She has scored in double figures in nine of the last 11 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 9.2 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 .418 shooting from long range tops the league & ranks 21st nationally while her 56 threes & 2.15 treys per game ranks second.

DEFENDING THE STATE: The Camels are a perfect 9-0 against North Carolina schools this season.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Saturday will be the 32nd meeting between Campbell and Gardner-Webb. CU leads the all-time series 20-11 with a commanding 12-2 advantage at home. The Camels have won nine of the last 12 matchups.

SCOUTING THE RUNNIN' BULLDOGS: Gardner-Webb (11-15, 6-9) enters the contest with just two wins in six games in February. The Runnin' Bulldogs lead the league in free throw makes (339) and attempts (511) but sit just fifth in free throw percentage (.663). GWU ranks second in the Big South in three-point FG percentage (.343) but its three-point FG percentage defense stands just eighth (.329). Tierra Huntsman's 15.1 points per game ranks second in the conference.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will play their final two games of the 2016-17 regular season on the road. Campbell will travel to take on Radford Monday night with sole possession of first place in the Big South standings on the line.