Women's Basketball

WBB Preview: Bucs open four game road trip at Wofford on Saturday

WBB Preview: Bucs open four game road trip at Wofford on Saturday

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern begins their first trip of the 2014-15 season as the Bucs travel to Spartanburg, S.C. and Wofford for the first of four straight road games. Tipoff on Saturday between the Bucs and the Terriers is set for 6 p.m.

Live Stats will be available for the game at WoffordTerriers.com. Updates will be provided on Twitter: @CSUsports

This will be the second meeting is as many seasons for the Bucs and Terriers, with CSU recording the 68-45 win over Wofford at home inside the Buc Dome last November. This is the only meeting between the Bucs and a member of the SoCon this season.

Charleston Southern WBB Game Notes

Bucs against Wofford...
Charleston Southern is 1-0 against Wofford under head coach Fred Applin, winning their previous matchup against the Terriers this past season inside the Buc Dome. Since the 2000 season, CSU has faced off against Wofford only three times, with their only matchup on the road inside Johnson Arena coming back in 2006. The Bucs lost 86-60 to the Terriers on November 16, 2006. CSU is 2-0 against Wofford at home. 

Bucs against the SoCon under Applin...
Charleston Southern is 3-1 against opponents from the Soutern Conference under head coach Fred Applin. The Bucs have faced off against UNC Greensboro in the 2012 Big South/SoCon Challenge, as well as Western Carolina (twice) and Wofford (twice). 

     11/10/12      vs. UNC Greensboro          W, 60-57
     11/19/12      Western Carolina                W, 69-61
     11/20/13      Wofford                             W, 68-45
     12/16/13      at Western Carolina              L, 47-56
     11/22/14      at Wofford                            6 p.m. 

Scouting Wofford...
The Terriers have opened up the 2014-15 season with a pair of losses on the road on the first weekend, falling at both Xavier and Ohio. The home contest against Charleston Southern is Terriers' home opener and is one of four Big South opponents Wofford will play in the season (Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville and Radford).

Maria Corella leads the Terriers on the season in averaging 9.5 points per game, while Ashton Fleming has been the team leader in both rebounds and assists on the year. Fleming is averaging 11.0 rebounds per game and 2.0 rebounds per contest on the season. Corella and Kentra Washington have led the outside shooting for the Terriers with three three-poitners apiece, while Khadijah Joyner leads the team with six blocked shots. 

Overall as a team, Wofford is shooting 31.5% from the floor, while their opponents are connecting at a 41.8% clip. The Terriers are shooting 28.1% from behind the arc, while opponents are connecting at a 35.7% clip. Rebounds are even for both squads at 42.0 apiece.

Bucs' Last Time Against Wofford...
Nov. 20, 2013 * Charleston, S.C.
Charleston Southern 68, Wofford 45
Charleston Southern put together their most complete game of the young 2013-14 season and Erin Bratcher passed a career milestone in the first half as the Buccaneers topped visiting Wofford on Wednesday evening inside the Buc Dome, 68-45. 

Head Coach Fred Applin entered the game preaching the mantra of rebounding to the team after the Buccaneers had been out-rebounded in all three games this season entering the Wednesday matchup against the Terriers. CSU responded early and often in the contest, pulling down 16 of the first 22 rebounds in the game en route to a 44-29 advantage on the glass over the Terriers in picking up their second win of the season. 

Bucs' Last Game…
Nov. 17, 2014 * Charleston S.C.
Charleston Southern 90, Clearwater Christian 37
Alise Karlsone and Monique Maximilien had 14 points apiece, while Christal Barnett and Rochelle Brophy were also in double-digits as Charleston Southern topped visiting Clearwater Christian on Monday night inside the Buc Dome, 90-37.

Karlsone drilled three second half three-pointers, while Maximilien narrowly missed out on her second double-double of the season with nine rebounds as the Bucs improved to 2-0 in the 2014-15 season with the win over the visiting Cougars. 

Player Watch...
Alise Karlsone, CSU, Sr., Forward
Karlsone has scored 14 points in each of the Bucs first two games of the season as the Saldus, Latvia native has led the Bucs to back-to-back wins to open the season. Karlsone has shot at an impressive 68.8% clip on the year, including 83.3% from behind the arc. The senior forward drilled three second half three-pointers to pace the Bucs against Clearwater Christian and is averaging 5.5 rebounds  with five assists and four steals on the season. 

Monique Maximilien, CSU, Jr., Center
With one double-double already in the books this season, Maximilien is currently sitting tied for the team lead in averaging 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds on the season. Maximilien has paced the Bucs to an impressive 124-57 rebounding edge over the first two games in wins over Trinity Baptist and Clearwater Christian as CSU has posted a 62.0/28.5 split over their opponents on the season. Maximilien is shooting 59.1% from the floor and is tied for the team lead with seven steals on the season. 

Tournament Time...
Charleston Southern will compete in the 2014 Seahawks Hampton Inn Christmas Invitational over the Christmas Break hosted by UNC Wilmington on December 19-20. The Bucs will take on Jacksonville State to open the weekend at the Trask Coliseum on the 19th with tipoff against the Gamecocks. CSU closes out the weekend against host UNC Wilmington on the 20th with tipoff vs. the Seahawks at 2 p.m. 

Non-Conference Slate...
Charleston Southern has gone 10-10 overall over the past two seasons in non-conference action, posting an 9-4 record at home inside the Buc Dome against non-Big South members in the Fred Applin Era. Last season, the Bucs went 4-2 overall at home against their non-conference slate with wins over Southern Wesleyan (85-55), Wofford (68-45), Converse (88-48) and Trinity Baptist (101-47). With nine non-conference games scheduled this season and four at home, the Bucs will look to continue their winning ways inside the Buc Dome. 

Standout Freshmen...
The Buccaneers 2014-15 freshman class comes in bearing laurels, led by point guard Shauntavia Dobson. Dobson came to the Bucs ranked 28th by Kenny Kallina Basketball and 77th by NextLevel.com, and currently possesses the Northeast High School single game scoring record with 39 points. Sade Eli compliments the squad after finishing her senior season with 22 double-doubles and two triple-doubles.  Hardy led E.E. Smith to the sectional finals of the N.C. state playoffs, finishing her high school career with 1,318 career points and 438 career rebounds. 

One for the Ages...
Charleston Southern's game against Trinity Baptist was among CSU's top 10 all-time games in program history. The Bucs tied a team single game record with 28 assists paced by Marley Brown's six helpers in the contest as 10 different players dished out assists in the game. Their 98 points put CSU in a three-way tie for seventh all-time as 11 of the 12 playes head coach Fred Applin put on the court scored in the contest led by Tatum Jarvis' 15 points. CSU also finished in the top 10 all-time in the Bucs' single game standings in field goals (44, T3rd), field goals attempted (90, T3rd), steals (21, 6th) and rebounds (61, 8th).

The Bucs have two players from the Palmetto State on the roster this season as sophomore center Rochelle Brophy (Greenville/J.L. Mann) and freshman guard Sade Eli (Timmonsville, S.C./Timmonsville). 

Getting to Know You...
The Buccaneers welcomes five new players to the Charleston Southern roster this season.

Guards: Sade Eli, Alecia Hardy, Shauntavia Dobson, Eden Crowell and Tamornay Harris.

International Women of Mystery...
Alise Karlsone and Natasha Lebedeva continue with their second season with the Bucs as the Latvian-born Karlsone and the Russian-born Lebedeva prepare for their senior season at CSU. Karlsone saw action in seven games last season for the Bucs, recording a season-high 11 points against Southern Wesleyan while lining up at both forward positions. Lebedeva saw action in 24 games with a season-high eight points coming against Southern Wesleyan. Both players came to the Bucs after transferring in from Iowa Western Community College. 

Professional Bound...
Former Charleston Southern standout Lakeitha Alston signed a contract this past September with the CAFFE' MOAK LUXOL in the Malta-Peugeot League. Alston, a 2013 CSU graduate, was one of the top players in the Big South Conference during her time with the Bucs after finishing fourth all-time with 1,473 career points. Alston, who also finished in the top 10 all-time in field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, rebounds and blocked shots, is the program's all-time leader wtih 121 career games played with CSU. 

Bucs Schedule...
Trips to Florida, Wofford and Charlotte highlight the 2014-15 Charleston Southern women's basketball schedule. Big South Conference play for the Bucs opens up in December for CSU as the Bucs travel to UNC Asheville on December 1st as CSU looks to build off of a promising campaign with a roster flush with a mix of young talent and veteran leadership. "This is a schedule that will test us early and prepare us for the Big South Conference," said Applin. "We are excited about playing some of the best teams in the country." 

Charleston Southern will tipoff the Big South Conference ESPN3 slate this season on the road on Jan. 10, traveling to Paul Porter Arena and Gardner-Webb University. The Bucs and the Runnin' Bulldogs will be one of six women's basketball games that will be streamed live on ESPN3 during the regular season slate. CSU will also be featured on the Liberty Flames Sports Network in their contest on Feb. 21 at Liberty. The Women's Basketball quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game at the 2015 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships will also be featured on ESPN3. 

Bucs on ESPN3
Jan. 10       CSU at Gardner-Webb (ESPN3)       4:30 p.m.
Feb. 21       CSU at Liberty (LFSN)                          7 p.m.
March 5-8          Big South Championships (ESPN3)

Volunteering in the Community...
Charleston Southern women's basketball volunteered at the 2014 Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure, held on October 18th at the Family Circle Stadium in Daniel Island, S.C. The Lady Bucs participated for the second year in a row with the Susan G. Komen Race For Cure providing services as race marshals and providing directions for the runners  as well as encouragement and support near the finish line. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world's largest and most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer ever created with the one hosted at Daniel Island in their 21st year. 

Charleston Southern led the Big South Conference last season with 7.27 three-pointers made per game. The Bucs led the Big South by a far margin last season, topping second place Campbell (5.68) and third place Liberty (5.65) by over 1.5 made three-pointers per game. CSU had two players in the top 15 last season in three-pointers made per game in Erin Bratcher (2.80, 2nd) and Tatum Jarvis (1.30, 15th), and will look to continue their run from outside. 

Dishing it out...
For the first time in two seasons the Bucs will have a new floor general on the court following the departure of graduate DJ Fowler. Sophomores Marley Brown and Nayla Long, redshirt-sophomore Alyssa Mann and freshman Shauntavia Dobson will look to handle the ball-handling duties for the Bucs this season. Fowler finished ninth in the Big South last season in averaging 3.31 assists, first in steals at 3.04 and eighth in assist/turnover ratio at 1.12 on the year. Brown enters the season with the starting role and is coming off a season that saw the Katy, Texas native play in 17 games with eight career assists. 

Top Scoring Games in Program History...
Charleston Southern has hit the elusive 100 point mark six times in the last 15 years, dating back to the 2000 season. The Bucs most recent 100 point game came last season on Jan. 16 at home against Trinity Baptist when CSU topped the Eagles 101-47. Other 100 point games in CSU history:

Rk        Opponent                                                    Pts
1          Southern Wesleyan (11/12/11)                        115
2          Oglethorpe (12/18/02)                                    107
3          Hiwassee (11/15/12)                                      105
T-4        Trinity Baptist (1/16/14)                                  101
           Erskine (11/13/10)                                         101
           at Methodist (12/2/85)    101

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