CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern faces off against a familiar opponent on Saturday evening when the Buccaneers make the short trip south to take on Savannah State. Tipoff inside Tiger Arena between the Bucs and the Lady Tigers is set for 7 p.m.
Live stats and a pay-per-view video feed will be provided for the game courtesy of the Savannah State sports information department in the 13th contest all-time between the Buccaneers and the Tigers. Charleston Southern holds the 10-2 all-time advantage over SSU, with the Bucs winning their previous five contests against Savannah State.
The Buccaneers enter the contest sporting a 1-1 record on the young season, falling in their season opener matchup against South Carolina, before bouncing back with an 85-55 victory this past Tuesday over visiting Southern Wesleyan. Savannah State enters the weekend following their opening win last Friday against Columbia College, 88-41.
The Tigers and Bucs square off against several common opponents in the 2013-14 season with games against South Carolina, Longwood and Trinity Baptist, as well as a future rematch between CSU and SSU before the teams split for the holidays on December 19th at Charleston Southern inside the Buc Dome.
Senior guard Erin Bratcher leads the Charleston Southern offense on the season, averaging 10 points per game on the year, while freshman forward Tatum Jarvis broke in the CSU game against Southern Wesleyan on Tuesday, setting a new career high with 16 points in the game, including four three-pointers in averaging 9.5 points per game.
Senior forward Anicia Dotson, in her first action in the 2013-14 season against Southern Wesleyan, leads the Buccaneers in averaging 8.0 rebounds per game, while senior guard DJ Fowler and freshman guard Alyssa Mann are the team leaders with 3.0 assists per game.
In their last game, Jarvis led four CSU players in double-digits with 16 points as Charleston Southern opened up the home portion of their 2013 season with an 85-55 victory over Southern Wesleyan inside the Buc Dome on Tuesday night. Jarvis connected on four of CSU's 10 three-pointers in the game to pace the Buccaneers offense as Charleston Southern had 13 players in the scoring column in picking up their first win of the young 2013-2014 season.
The CSU bench played a major role in the margin of victory, scoring 41 points to keep the pressure on Southern Wesleyan in each half. Fowler and Bratcher were also in double-digits for the Bucs as Fowler filled the statistics sheet with 13 points, adding seven steals, six rebounds and five assists in the game, while Bratcher had 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers in the contest. Junior forward Alise Karlsone was also in double-digits for the Bucs for the first time in her CSU playing career, putting in 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting.
The last time the Bucs and Tigers battled against each other was back in the 2009-10 season, when the defense for the Charleston Southern women's basketball team was all-time great as the Buccaneers blew out Savannah State University 69-36 inside Tiger Arena.
The Buccaneers shot 46 percent from the field and hit 12-of-27) from behind the three-point line. CSU was also 9-for-10 from the free-throw line in the victory as the Buccaneers have won the last five meetings against Savannah State.
Bria Dorsey is the team leader for the Tigers on the year with 16 points and is also averaging six rebounds per game, while Kenyata Hendrix and Ezinne Kalu are both at 13 points per game following their contest against the Fighting Koalas. Kalu leads the team with six assists, while Tiyonda Davis is the rebounding leader at seven rebounds per game.