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Buccaneers hit the road in opening second half of Big South play on Sunday

Buccaneers hit the road in opening second half of Big South play on Sunday

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern is back in action on Sunday afternoon inside Kimmel Arena as the Buccaneers begin the second part of their Big South Conference slate by taking on UNC Asheville. Tipoff between CSU and the Bulldogs is set for 2 p.m.

The game will be streamed live courtesy of the Big South Network, with live stats provided courtesy of the UNC Asheville sports information department.

Charleston Southern Game Notes

The first time the Buccaneers and Bulldogs took each other on this year saw Asheville come out on top inside the Buc Dome in the Big South opener for both teams back on December 2nd. Charleston Southern struggled from the floor and was unable to mount a comeback attempt in the second half as the Buccaneers fell, 61-46.

Senior forward Anicia Doston led the Bucs with 14 points, going 4-for-8 from the floor in the contest, while DJ Fowler had 10 points and four steals in the game to pace the Buccaneers. Alyssa Mann connected on two big three-pointers early in the contest on her way to finishing with nine points.

Leah Wormack led all players with 16 points in the game, while Shonese Jones connected on a trio of three-pointers to finish with 14 points as Asheville shot 38.9 percent from the floor as a team in the contest. Brittany Gwyn was also in double-digits with 10 points, while Paige Love finished shy of 10 rebounds, pulling down a game-high nine in the game.

Charleston Southern looks to get back to their winning ways after their previous contest on Thursday against Gardner-Webb which saw the Bucs fall to the visiting Runnin' Bulldogs, 55-51. In a contest that featured 13 lead changes and nine ties, the game came down to the final minute as CSU's Fowler and Kirklin Kirkpatrick both had three-pointers miss the mark, leading to GWU's Jasmine Dale converting three late free throws to seal the victory as the Buccaneers fell in Big South play.

CSU enters the weekend with a 4-6 record following the first half of conference play on the year, posting victories over Presbyterian, Campbell, High Point and Radford. Asheville posted a 5-5 record in their first run-through of the conference, with wins over CSU, Presbyterian, Longwood, Radford and an overtime victory over Liberty.

The Buccaneers have been led on the season by Bratcher's 13.2 points per game as the senior guard leads the Big South in three-pointers made in conference play on the year, as well as being one of the top outside shots in the nation in averaging 3.1 triples per game.

Fowler and Dotson are also averaging double-digits with 11.1 points per game, with Dotson coming off of a 14 point-10 rebound game for her third double-double of the season against Gardner-Webb, while Fowler leads the Big South in steals per game with 3.32.

Paige Love is the lone Asheville player averaging double-digits no the year with 10.4 points per game, while Shonese Jones, Tianna Knuckles and Brittany Gwyn are all averaging over nine points per game on the year. Knuckles is the leading outside threat with 28 made three-pointers on the year, while Love leads the Bulldogs' rebounding efforts at 5.5 per game. KJ Weaver and Wormack have combined for 53 blocked shots to lead the Asheville defensive efforts.

Charleston Southern returns home next week as the Buccaneers host Winthrop on Thursday evening, before welcoming Radford on Saturday afternoon inside the Buc Dome. The CSU – Radford contest will be streamed nationally on ESPN3.

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