CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Alecia Hardy and Alyssa Mann scored eight points apiece for Charleston Southern on Sunday afternoon as the Buccaneers closed out their first road trip of the season with a 75-43 loss to Charlotte inside Halton Arena.
The Bucs struggled from the floor in both halves in closing out their first road trip of the season as CSU shot 25.4 percent as a team in the contest. Hardy and Mann led the way in the scoring column, while Marley Brown added seven points and Alise Karlsone had six in the loss.
Charleston Southern falls to 2-4 overall with the loss, while Charlotte improves to 2-6 with the win.
Hardy got the Bucs' offense going in the first half with a three-pointer at the 16:31 mark as the freshman guard put CSU ahead 5-4 early in the contest. Following an Olivia Rankin jumper, Mann connected on a triple of her own to give the Bucs their largest lead of the contest at 8-6 with 15:28 left in the first half.
Following a Christal Barnett three-point play as the CSU senior forward sank her free throw attempt at the 13:55 mark in the first half to put the Bucs ahead 11-10, the 49ers went on a 29-11 run over the rest of the first half in building a 39-22 halftime lead.
Karlsone, CSU's leading scorer entering the contest scored her first basket of the game with 14:33 remaining in the contest as the Big South's leading three-point shooter sank one from behind the arc to put the score at 52-27. She followed up with her second three-pointer of the contest two possessions later to pull the Bucs within 54-30, but the 49ers kept the pressure up the remainder of the game in closing out the 75-43 victory.
Kira Gordon led the Charlotte offense with 14 points in the game, while Tanisha Brown had nine points and 10 rebounds on the night as the 49ers held the 46-32 advantage on the glass in the game.
CSU returns home for their first home game in nearly a month as the Bucs return to the Buc Dome on December 13th against Campbell. Tipoff between the Big South rivals is set for 2 p.m. on the Big South Network.