Camels close out regular season Saturday at Liberty

Makala Rouse (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Makala Rouse (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell will wrap-up its 2016-17 regular season on Saturday with a conference matchup at Liberty set for 2 p.m.

Saturday's game has plenty of postseason implications, including seeding for the upcoming Big South Championship set for March 9-12. The Camels (21-7, 13-4 BSC) have already locked up the No. 2 seed in the tournament regardless of Saturday's outcome. However, Campbell can still claim a share of the Big South regular season title with a win over the Flames and a Radford loss at High Point.

Liberty (12-16, 11-6) is fighting for the No. 3 seed and would earn that spot with a win over the Camels paired with a High Point loss to Radford. A win for Campbell on Saturday would slot the Flames into the No. 4 seed regardless of what happens between the Panthers and Highlanders.

Live video coverage of Saturday's contest can be found on both the Big South Network and ESPN3. The ESPN3 feed can be accessed via verification from the Watch ESPN app available on computers, smartphones and television streaming devices such as Roku, Google Chromecast and Apple TV. BSN is available for free on all computers, smartphones and Roku streaming devices. Mike Tilley and Kelley Deyo will have the call.

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: In a matchup of the Big South co-leaders, Radford edged Campbell 49-48 on Monday after Caroline Bowns' attempt at the game-winner rimmed out at the buzzer. The Camels rallied from a 14-point third-period deficit, but fell just short as the Highlanders claimed a share of the conference title. Summer Price led CU with 17 points.

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

EARLIER VS. THE FLAMES: Price registered her fourth 20-point game of the season, but Campbell saw its five-game winning streak snapped by Liberty on Jan. 31. CU rallied to take its first lead of the game early in the fourth period after trailing by 10 in the third, but a late 12-1 run by the Flames proved to be the difference.

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 eleven weeks, as their opponent's scoring tally sits at just 47.8 points per game. That's three points lower than second place Green Bay and seven points lower than eighth place and national power UConn, who is ranked first in the national polls. CU has held eight opponents under 40 points this year including a season-low 30 by N.C. Central.

PROTECTING THE ARC: The Camels are ranked 19th nationally in three point FG percentage defense as they have limited opponents to just .276 shooting from long range. Campbell's overall FG percentage defense ranks 27th (.361).

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 13.0 points per game, which ranks seventh in the Big South. She has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 13 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 9.0 points per game with 12 double-figure scoring efforts.

THE LONG BALL: Bowns sits among the best three-point shooters in the Big South. Her .431 shooting from long range tops the league and ranks 17th nationally while her 62 threes and 2.21 treys per game ranks second.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Saturday will mark the 33rd meeting between the Camels and Flames, and Liberty has won 12 of the last 13 matchups. The Camels' last win at Liberty was in Nov. 1999, which was the last non-conference meeting between the two sides.

SCOUTING THE FLAMES: Liberty saw its three-game winning streak snapped by UNC Asheville on Saturday. LU is the top rebounding team in the Big South with 43.57 boards per game and its 18.0 offensive rebounds per game ranks fifth nationally. The Camels and Flames are the top two teams in the league in rebound margin. Liberty's 4.5 blocks per game also tops the conference.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will begin play in the 2017 Big South Championship in the quarterfinal round on Friday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. Campbell will face the winner of Thursday's first round game between seventh-seeded UNC Asheville and 10th-seeded Longwood or Winthrop. The semifinals are set for Saturday, March 11 with the finals on Sunday, March 12. The winner will receive the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Big South Championship will take place at the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Virginia.