CHARLESTON, S.C. - With the quick turnaround, Charleston Southern looks to bounce back from a tough loss on Thursday night as the Buccaneers welcome the Radford Highlanders to the Buc Dome for a Big South matchup that will be featured on ESPN3.
The Buccaneers and Highlanders tipoff inside the Buc Dome as part of a doubleheader that features the women's basketball game at 2 p.m., while the CSU men's basketball team hosts Liberty at 5:30 p.m. Both games will be streamed live via ESPN3, and live stats will be provided by the CSU sports information department.
Charleston Southern will look for a repeat of their game at the Dedmon Center back on December 30th which saw senior guard Erin Bratcher tie the arena record for three-pointers in a game with six triples, while Anicia Dotson and DJ Fowler both finished with double-doubles as the Buccaneers cruised to the 84-64 victory over Radford.
Charleston Southern used a 27-2 run in the middle of the first half to take control early against Radford as the Buccaneers picked up their first Big South Conference win of the season. With the score at 6-4 following a layup by Radford's Rachel Ross, Charleston Southern went on a 27-2 run covering the next 10 minutes of action with Bratcher connecting on four three-pointers during the stretch to give the Buccaneers an overwhelming lead.
Dotson scored a career high 22 points and added a season-high 11 rebounds in the contest to pace the Buccaneers offense on the game. Fowler closed out the game with her first career double-double at CSU, finishing with 13 points and 10 assists in the contest.
Radford had three players in double-digits in the scoring column in the game, led by Ayana Avery's 14 points as the Highlanders fall to 2-10, 0-3 in Big South play on the year. Aisha Foy added 13 points, while Ross had 12 points as Radford struggled to connect from the floor in shooting 37.3 percent as a team in the game. The Highlanders also coughed the ball up 21 times in the game, leading to 16 CSU points in the contest.
For the season, Bratcher is leading the team in averaging 13.1 points per game, while Fowler (11.1) and Dotson (10.1) are both in double-digits on the year. Dotson leads the Bucs with 6.3 rebounds per game, while Bratcher is second in the conference in averaging 2.95 three-pointers per contest on the year. Fowler also leads the Bucs and the Big South Conference, currently sitting fourth overall in the nation with 3.3 steals per game.
Ayana Avery leads the Highlanders on the season with 14.7 points per game and is among the national leaders with 70 made three-pointers per game, sitting sixth in the NCAA rankings with 3.3 three-pointers per game. Avery also leads the Radford rebounding efforts with 6.0 and steals at 1.5 per game. Rachael Ross and Jordynn Gaymon have combined for 41 blocks on the year to pace the team's defensive efforts.
Charleston Southern enters the game looking to rebound from last night's 59-48 loss to Winthrop as the Buccaneers made a run at the beginning of the second half to cut the Winthrop lead down to two points, but the Eagles responded with a run of their own in completing the season sweep over the Buccaneers with the 59-48 victory on Thursday evening inside the Buc Dome.
The Highlanders enter the game coming off of a 63-62 victory over Coastal Carolina as Avery established the RU single-season record for three-pointers made to lift Radford to their second Big South win of the season. In a game where neither team led by more than six, Radford put together perhaps its most complete game of the season. RU shot 41.1 percent from the hardwood, while holding the Chanticleers to 34.4 percent.
Charleston Southern continues Big South play next weekend making their final Virginia road trip swing as the Buccaneers travel to Longwood on Thursday and Liberty on Saturday.