CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern concludes its longest road trip of the season on Friday night as the Buccaneers make the trip to Charlottesville, Va. and John Paul Jones Arena to take on ACC opponent University of Virginia. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Virginia Sports Network.
The Bucs enter the matchup still seeking their first road win of the 2015-16 season away from the Buc Dome. CSU has fallen at Clemson, College of Charleston, Liberty, and Georgia Southern on the season.
It is the first time in program history the Buccaneers have faced off against the Cavaliers and CSU's first trip to Charlottesville in program history. It will be the third ACC opponent the Bucs have faced under Head Coach Fred Applin with the Bucs taking on Wake Forest and North Carolina over the past three years.
Virginia enters the Friday night matchup with a 7-3 overall record, 4-1 at home inside John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers end a four game home stand Friday against the Bucs having posted a 2-1 record during the stand. UVA fell in the home stand opener against Iowa before bouncing back with wins against NJIT and Bowling Green. Virginia previously topped Big South opponent Longwood at home on November 22, 81-46.
Mikayla Venson leads a balanced scoring effort from the Cavaliers with four players averaging double-digits on the season. Venson (13.6), Faith Randolph (13.0), Aliyah Huland El (10.9) and Lauren Moses (10.7) are all averaging double-digits from the floor on the year. Moses is the team's rebounding leader at 7.2 boards per game, while Venson leads the team from the outside with 19 three-pointers. Venson is also the team's assist leader, while Moses and Breyana Mason have 19 steals apiece.
Last Time against Virginia
This is the first meeting all-time between Charleston Southern and Virginia. The Bucs and Cavaliers have never faced off against each other on the hardwood since CSU established their women's basketball program in 1976-77.
Recapping Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern 64, Charleston Southern 51 (December 14, 2015)
Charleston Southern was unable to overcome a double-digit halftime deficit as the Buccaneers' second half comeback attempt fell short on Monday night as CSU fell on the road at Georgia Southern, 64-51.
Alyssa Mann led the Bucs (5-4) with 14 points, hitting four three-pointers in the loss. Nayla Long was also in double-digits for the first time this season with 10 points, while Monique Maximilien finished the contest with her sixth double-digit rebounding effort with 10 boards on the night.
Bucs against Virginia under Applin
CSU has never faced off against Virginia under head coach Fred Applin.
Bucs against the ACC under Applin All-Time
Charleston Southern is 0-2 against the Atlantic Coast Conference all-time under Head Coach Fred Applin. The Bucs fell at Wake Forest on December 1, 2012, 77-57, and North Carolina on December 14, 2013, 100-49.
Buccaneers in Non-Conference Play (2014-15)
Charleston Southern posted a 4-6 overall record in non-conference play in the 2014-15 season with the Bucs recording wins over Trinity Baptist, Clearwater Christian, Montreat and Columbia International. The Bucs went 4-0 in non-conference home games in the 2014-15 season.
No One Connects from Outside
Charleston Southern leads the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense on the season. The Buccaneers have held their opponents to a mere 18.3% three-point percentage on the season. The Bucs have held three opponents scoreless from behind the three-point line already this season, while limiting Clemson (6.7%), Paine (15.4%) and Liberty (20.0%) in their matchups. For the season, opponents have connected on 22-of-120 three-pointers on the season.
Charleston Southern leads the Big South Conference in blocked shots on the season paced by Monique Maximilien's defensive efforts downlow. The Bucs have combined for 49 blocked shots paced by Maximilien's team-high 21 blocks, while Elyse Kiploks (8), Breanna Saunders (7) and Brianna Lakes (6) have all combined to make CSU a force to be reckoned with in the paint. The Bucs blocked a season-high 10 blocked shots against Paine.