CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern tied the game up midway through the second half, but Longwood used a late run in pulling away from the Buccaneers on Thursday night inside Willett Hall, 71-59.
With CSU trailing by five at 42-37 with 12:56 remaining in the contest following a pair of free throws by Kyndal Skersick, Tatum Jarvis drove in for the layup and Erin Bratcher connected on the deep three-pointer to tie the game up for the second time at 42-42. CSU and Longwood remained close, with the Bucs trailing by one at 49-48 before a 14-0 run by the Lancers sparked by Raven Williams' fourth three-pointer of the game gave Longwood a commanding lead in pulling away to complete the season sweep over the Buccaneers.
Charleston Southern falls to 8-15, 4-10 overall in conference action with the loss to the Lancers, while Longwood improve to 7-16, 4-10 in Big South play with the victory over CSU.
Bratcher led CSU with 18 points in the game, connecting on a trio of three-pointers in playing a majority of the 40 minutes in the contest. Jarvis added 14 points off the bench in the loss, while Alyssa Mann filled the statistics sheet with seven points, six rebounds and five assists on the evening.
Williams led all players on the night with 20 points and added six assists to her totals as Longwood topped the visiting Buccaneers for the second time this year. Daeisha Brown finished with a double-double on the night with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Skersick was also in double-digits with 15 points in the victory. Brenna Robbins added 10 rebounds to the Lancers' totals as Longwood held the 51-37 rebounding advantage in the game.
Longwood and Charleston Southern swapped the first two baskets of the game as Khalilah Ali and Mann connected for both squads to put the score at 2-2 inside the first minute before Williams had the hot hand early, drilling back-to-back three-pointers to stretch the Lancers lead out to six early. The Buccaneers answered from the free throw line as Fowler connected on back-to-back shots from the charity stripe, before Rochelle Brophy drove inside and made the layup and the ensuing free throw to cut the deficit down to 8-7 with 16:18 to play in the half.
Longwood responded with a 9-0 run to build their first double-digit lead of the contest following three free throws by Williams to put the Lancers lead at 17-7 with 13:53 to play. Longwood would hold the lead the remainder of the half, but the Buccaneers would continue to rally, bringing the game all the way back to within one point late in the first half.
Bratcher connected on a triple with 4:54 on the clock, cutting the CSU deficit down to 26-25, however, the Lancers closed out the half with five of the final six points in taking the 31-26 halftime lead into the break.
Coming out of the break, Bratcher opened the scoring for both teams at the 18:19 mark with a layup as Charleston Southern kept the contest within two possessions over the first 10 minutes of the half. With Longwood going up five points at 42-37 following a pair of Skersick free throws, the Buccaneers rallied back to tie the game up a second time as Bratcher drilled her second three-pointer of the game at the 12:16 mark.
Longwood rattled off seven straight points to rebuild their lead with Ali, Williams and Skersick all connecting from the free throw line during the stretch. Bratcher followed with back-to-back jumpers to spark a 6-0 CSU run capped by a Monique Maximilien layup to keep CSU within one point at 49-48 with 9:13 to play.
However, this was as close as CSU would get the rest of the way as Longwood would follow the Buccaneers stretch with a 14-0 run over the next five minutes to take a commanding 63-48 lead. Charleston Southern would narrow the lead down to 10 with under three minutes to go as Nayla Long put back in the Mann miss, but that was as close as CSU would get as the Lancers closed out the 71-59 victory.
Charleston Southern remains on the road on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers travel to Lynchburg, Va., to take on Liberty inside the Vines Center. Tipoff between CSU and the Flames is set for 2 p.m.