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WBB Preview: Bucs finish first swing through Big South play at Longwood Saturday

WBB Preview: Bucs finish first swing through Big South play at Longwood Saturday

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern is back on the road this week as the Buccaneers travel to Willett Hall in Farmville, Va., to take on Big South Conference opponent Longwood. Tipoff between the Bucs and the Lancers is set for 2 p.m. on the Big South Network.

CSU looks to snap a nine-game losing streak against a Longwood squad that is on a three-game skid of their own over the last two weeks. Live Stats will be available at LongwoodLancers.com, while updates will be provided on Twitter: @CSUsports

The Buccaneers dropped both games of the season series last year against the Lancers, falling at home 78-71, and on the road 71-59. Last season CSU went 1-2 in the state of Virginia with their lone win coming against Radford. CSU's last win against Longwood came in the 2006-07 season.

All-Time, CSU is 1-6 against Longwood.

CSU WBB Game Notes at Presbyterian*

Bucs against Longwood under Applin...
Charleston Southern is 0-4 against the Lancers under head coach Fred Applin during his tenure with the Bucs. Applin is 0-2 at Willett Hall against Longwood with the Bucs falling to LW on February 28, 2013, 79-73, and last season on February 6, 2014, 71-59. The Lancers will make the return trip to the Buc Dome in the regular season finale for both teams on February 28th with tipoff at 7 p.m. 

Bucs All-Time against Longwood...
Charleston Southern is 1-6 all-time against the Lancers dating back to when the programs first faced off against each other in the 2005-06 season. The Bucs last win against Longwood came at home in the 2006-07 season when CSU topped the Lancers in a tough contest, 59-51. 

Scouting the Lancers...
Longwood enters the Saturday afternoon matchup inside Willett Hall with a 2-16 overall record on the season. The Lancers have arguably played one of the toughest slates in the Big South Conference this season with games against Wake Forest, Florida, Richmond, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Clemson and George Mason. Longwood is also one of the few Big South teams not to schedule a non-Division I opponent on the year.

Overall, the Lancers are 2-5 at home inside Willett Hall with both of their wins coming in Big South Conference play as Longwood topped Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb. The enter the contest on a three-game road skid having fallen to Radford, Liberty and Presbyterian last Saturday.

Raven Williams leads Longwood's scoring efforts on the season with 12.5 points per game, while Kyndal Skersick is also averaging double-digits with 10.8 points per game. Khalilah Ali leads the Lancers' rebounding efforts with 5.6 rebounds per game, while Williams and Skersick are the primary outside threats on the team combining for 57 three-pointers. Williams sets up the Longwood offense with 51 assists and leads the team with 27 steals. Inside the paint, Emily Nylen leads the team with 20 blocked shots.

For the season, Longwood is averaging being outscored 74.2-55.0 and is shooting 34.4% from the floor. The Lancers are averaging being out-rebounded 44.1-31.7. 

Longwood in the Big South...
Longwood currently sits 10th overall in the Big South standings with a 2-7 record on the season. The Lancers trail Gardner-Webb (3-7) and UNC Asheville (3-6) on the year, but topped the Runnin' Bulldogs on Dec. 28, 63-59. Longwood's other win came on Jan. 5 at home against Coastal Carolina, 78-74. 

CSU in the Big South...
Charleston Southern is 0-9 in the Big South Conference on the season, posting an 0-4 record on the road in conference play this season. The Bucs have fallen on the road to UNC Asheville (12/1, 56-47), Radford (1/5, 53-51), Gardner-Webb (1/10, 70-54) and Presbyterian this past Saturday (1/20, 71-40).

Preseason Poll Rankings...
Longwood was selected 10th in the Big South Conference Women's Preseason Poll. The Lancers received 30 points overall to finish closely behind Radford (35). The Buccaneers were selected 11th overall after receiving 16 total points. Longwood's Daeisha Brown was selected to the Big South Preseason Second Team, and the junior guard averaged 16.0 points per game over her first three games of the season before suffering an injury. 

CSU Player Watch...
Tatum Jarvis, CSU, So., Forward
Jarvis leads the Bucs with 11.8 points per game on the season as the sophomore forward continues to light up the floor in her sixth man role this season. Jarvis could potentially surpass 500 career points this weekend and enters the game with 488 career points with CSU against Winthrop and already is among the Bucs' career three-point leaders with 63 made three-pointers in the past two years. Jarvis had her second career 20-plus point effort this season at home against Campbell and added 18 points against Montreat and Florida. In conference play, Jarvis has raised her numbers in averaging 12.8 points per game while hitting 36.4% from the three-point line this season. For the season, Jarvis is among CSU's leaders in rebounds (4.2), steals (22) and three-pointers (24), while also leading the team in free throws and free throw attempts. 

Alyssa Mann, CSU, R-So., Guard
Mann took over the starting point guard reins for the Bucs this past week and is the only player for the Bucs to start all 17 games on this season. Mann has scored double-digits in the five of the past seven games and is currently third on the team in scoring on the season, averaging 7.8 points per game. The redshirt-sophomore leads the Bucs and is among the Big South leaders in assists (48) and steals (30) on the year. Earlier this season, Mann set or tied career highs in rebounds (8), assists (8), steals (4). She scored a season-high 14 points this past weekend in the Bucs loss on the road to Gardner-Webb. 

Taking it Away...
Charleston Southern leads the Big South Conference by a wide margin as the Bucs average 10.35 steals per game. CSU is currently the only team in the Big South averaging double-digit steals on the season. The Bucs already have three games with over 20 steals coming against Trinity Baptist (21), Clearwater Christian (25) and Montreat (21). CSU also recorded 10 steals on the road Florida and UNC Wilmington and 13 at home against Campbell. Alyssa Mann leads the Bucs on the season in the category and is tied for 8th in the Big South with 1.76 steals per game. Alecia Hardy (1.47, 11th) is also in the top 15 in the Big South this season. 

Let Me Give You a Helping Hand...
Charleston Southern is currently fifth in the Big South in assists on the season, averaging 12.12 assists per game on the year. The Bucs trail Campbell (15.94), High Point (13.67), Liberty (12.83) and Radford (12.72) in helpers per game on the season and are led by Alyssa Mann's 2.82 assists per game as the redshirt sophomore guard sits T-13th overall in the Big South individually in assists per game. Among the team's season highlights includes assisting on 24 of their 31 made shots against Montreat and CSU has three games with over 20 assists on the year including Trinity Baptist (28) and Clearwater Christian (27). 

Turnover Margin...
Charleston Southern has proven to be the best team in the conference in the 2014 season in turnover margin as the Bucs are one of only three teams to post a positive number in the category on the season. CSU currently leads Coastal Carolina +1.29 - +1.11 on the year. Both teams are joined by Gardner-Webb with a +0.26 margin. The Bucs have currently forced opponents into averaging 21.5 turnovers per game with nine teams turning the ball over more than 20 times against the Bucs pressure defense. CSU has also posted four games where they have forced more than 30 turnovers from their opponents including 31 against Campbell on Dec. 13 and 38 against Montreat on Dec. 16. 

From Deep...
Saturday's game features three of the top three-point shooters in the conference in CSU's Tatum Jarvis and Longwood's Kyndal Skersick and Raven Williams. Jarvis is currently 4th in the conference shooting 36.4% and sixth in three-pointers per game at 1.78. Skersick and Williams are eighth and ninth in conference action in three-point percentage, while Skersick and Williams (T-7th, 1.67) and CSU's Alyssa Mann and LW's Jaclyn Reagan (T-13th, 1.33) are all among the leaders in three-pointers per game. 

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)                         L, 54-70
Feb. 21            CSU at Liberty (LFSN)                                            7 p.m.
March 5-8                Big South Championships (ESPN3)

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 with 121 career games played with CSU. 

From Downtown to Germany...
Bratcher joined Alston among the professional ranks in January 2015 as the 2014 CSU graduate signed a contract with the TSV Krofdorf-Gleiberg team in Germany. Bratcher finished her career as one of the top three-point shooters in Big South history with 227 made three-pointers and finished with 957 career points in the CSU Blue and Gold. Bratcher finished her career second all-time in the CSU record book in three-pointers made, 13th in three-point percentage (32.4%) and saw action in 112 career games. 

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 currently only has one player with a double-double on the season as junior center Monique Maximilien accomplished the mark in CSU's season opener against Trinity Baptist. Maximilien led the Bucs' efforts with 14 points and 11 rebounds and narrowly missed out on her second against Clearwater Christian with 14 points and nine rebounds. 

Injury Bug...
CSU has been without the services of two of their top post players for stretches of time this season as Rochelle Brophy and Natasha Lebedeva have spent time on the disabled list. Lebedeva, who averages 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while Brophy (4.7 points, 3.9 rebounds) is third on the team with seven blocks on the year. Christal Barnett has stepped up her game following the injuries, raising her season totals to 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds on the year, including a seven point, six rebound, four steal game at home against High Point on Jan. 8, 2015. 

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.

Leading at the half...
Charleston Southern is 3-0 on the season when holding a halftime lead. The Bucs halftime leads have all come at home on the season as CSU topped Trinity Baptist, Clearwater Christian and Montreat inside the Buc Dome. CSU has also been good at protecting a lead with a 3-0 record with the scoring advantage heading into the final five minutes of the game. 

Charleston Southern is currently second in the Big South Conference this season with 5.38 three-pointers made per game led by Tatum Jarvis (1.38, 11th) and Alise Karlsone (1.31, 12th). The Bucs connecting from the outside continues a trend covering the last few seasonas as CSU 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). CSU also 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 this season as they head into the new year. 

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).

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 

Block Party...
Charleston Southern's eight blocked shots against UNC Asheville tied for the third-most team blocked shots in a single game as the Bucs were paced by Brianna Lakes' three blocks in the contest. Monique Maximilien had two blocks, while Alyssa Mann, Natasha Lebedeva and Rochelle Brophy all had one block apiece for the Bucs in the contest against the Bulldogs. Overall, three of CSU's four top team single game record for blocks have come against UNC Asheville.

Rk            Opponent                                                                         Blocks
T-1          UNC Asheville (1/29/08)                                                     10
               Benedict (12/2/98)                                                              10
T-3          at UNC Asheville (1/23/07)                                                  8
            at UNC Asheville (12/1/14)                              8 

Bench Strength...
Charleston Southern's bench, paced by strong play from Tatum Jarvis and Alecia Hardy, has outscored their opponents by a wide margin in 11 of the Bucs' 17 games on the season. The Bucs are currently 3-6 overall when their bench has scored more than 30 points 

CSU Bench 30+ Point Games
Nov. 15    Trinity Baptist                          46-3                          W, 98-35
Nov. 17    Clearwater Christian               45-3                          W, 97-30
Nov. 25    at Florida                                 31-51                          L, 64-92
Dec. 13    Campbell*                               49-19                          L, 65-69
Dec. 16    Montreat                                 46-12                        W, 86-34
Dec. 20    at UNC Wilmington                 34-10                          L, 70-80
Jan. 3      Winthrop*                                34-13                          L, 50-79
Jan. 10    at Gardner-Webb*                  35-18                          L, 54-70
Jan. 17    vs. Liberty*                              36-42                          L, 51-86 

Walking on to the Roster...
Eden Crowell and Tamornay Harris made their impact known in the first two games of the season, seeing time in the closing minutes as the two walk-ons made their way through the preseason in earning a spot on the Buccaneers' roster. Crowell, a 5-3 freshman guard, and Harris, a 5-7 junior guard, were both multi-sport athletes in high school with Crowell lining up on the Northwood Academy soccer team, while Harris played track and field for Spartanburg High School before lining up at guard at Spartanburg Methodist College

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