Camels and Highlanders set to battle for first place Monday

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- After sitting tied atop the Big South Conference standings for the majority of the season, Campbell and Radford will play for sole possession of first place Monday night at the Dedmon Center. Tipoff in the crucial contest 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: Campbell (21-6, 13-3) closed out the home portion of its regular season schedule with a 67-56 win over Gardner-Webb Saturday on Senior Day. Summer Price led the way with 21 points and the Camels shot a sizzling .545 from the field. CU pulled away late after neither side led by more than four in the first half.

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

EARLIER VS. THE HIGHLANDERS: CU saw its seven game winning streak snapped by Radford on Jan. 10. RU held a commanding 38-23 rebounding advantage and shot .500 from the field en route to the wire-to-wire victory. Brianna Cribb tallied a career-high 16 points for CU, which could only score 11 points off 17 Highlander turnovers.

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 15 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 eleven weeks, as their opponent's scoring tally sits at just 47.7 points per game. That's three points lower than second place Green Bay and six points lower than sixth 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 23rd nationally in three point FG percentage defense as it has limited opponents to just .276 shooting from long range. Campbell's overall FG percentage defense ranks 27th (.360).

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Campbell ranks in the top three in 17 different stat categories in the Big South.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Junior guards Price and Makala Rouse are the leaders of the Camel offense. Price is averaging a team-high 12.9 points per game, which ranks seventh in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 12 games and five 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 9.1 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 and ranks 16th nationally while her 61 threes and 2.26 treys per game ranks second.

DEFENDING THE STATE: The Camels are a perfect 10-0 against North Carolina schools this season.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Radford owns a 23-12 lead in the all-time series including the last four contests. The Camels had a five game winning streak prior to the previous four games but are just 4-14 vs. the Highlanders at the Dedmon Center.

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS: Radford (21-6, 13-3) enters the game as winners of its last five games including a double-overtime thriller Saturday vs. UNC Asheville. The matchup pits the top two defenses in the league with RU ranking 8th nationally in scoring defense (54.1 ppg) and 11th in field goal percentage defense (.350). Radford's Destinee Walker sits fifth in the league in scoring while her .476 shooting from the field tops the conference.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will play wrap-up the 2016-17 regular season on Saturday at Liberty.