Women's Basketball

Dobson's career effort paces Bucs past Longwood on Tuesday night

Dobson's career effort paces Bucs past Longwood on Tuesday night

FARMVILLE, Va. - Shauntavia Dobson and Alyssa Mann combined for 45 points on Tuesday night as Charleston Southern topped host Longwood in Willett Hall in Big South Conference play, 63-54.

Dobson scored a career-high 29 points off the bench in the contest and paced the Buccaneers with eight three-pointers, including the clinching basket with 40 seconds left in the game as CSU (7-5, 2-1) held off a late Lancer (3-9, 0-3) run in picking up their first road win of the season.

Longwood built their largest lead of the contest at 52-48 with 6:57 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Dobson and Mann carried the Bucs back into the game. Dobson connected on a deep three-pointer at the 5:15 mark and Mann followed with a jumper on the next CSU possession to give the Bucs the 53-52 advantage.

The Lancers retook the lead with 2:07 remaining on a pair of Daeisha Brown free throws before Dobson came through in the clutch with her eighth three-pointer of the game off the Alecia Hardy steal. Following a Longwood turnover, the Mann connected on a pair of free throws and the Bucs went 7-for-8 from the line over the final 27 seconds to close out the win.

Dobson's 29 points are the most by a Buccaneer in the 2015-16 season, while her eight three-pointers tied for third all-time in a single game with Joy Galloway. Her 17 three-point attempts tied for second all-time in the CSU single game record books.

Mann, the Big South's leading scorer coming into the game, added 16 points and five assists from the floor in the Bucs first win over Longwood in the Fred Applin coaching era. CSU had previously been 0-7 against the Lancers prior to tonight's win.

Monique Maximilien added eight rebounds, while Elyse Kiploks had seven rebounds and four assists off the bench as the Bucs picked up their second Big South win of the season.

Charleston Southern returns home to the Buc Dome on Saturday afternoon as the Bucs open up the New Year against Presbyterian. Tipoff on the Big South Network against the Blue Hose is set for 2 p.m.

The Bucs score the first five points of the game as Nayla Long connected on a layup on the opening possession and Mann drilled a three-pointer to jumpstart CSU early. Kyndal Skersick sparked the Lancers with seven straight points to put Longwood ahead 9-8 with 3:06 remaining in the first quarter, but a Dobson three-pointer gave the Bucs the 13-12 lead heading into the second.

CSU outscored the Lancers 22-13 over the second quarter and led by as many as 14 following back-to-back three-pointers by Dobson and Mann at the 2:12 mark, 34-20. Skersick and Breanna Robbins rallied the Lancers back with five points to send the teams into the break with CSU leading 35-25.

Longwood answered the Bucs run in the third quarter with a 22-13 run to make it a one point game. The Lancers took the 43-42 lead on a Deborah Headen three-pointer, but the Bucs battled back from the free throw line with Ke'Asia Jackson converting a pair of shots from the stripe just before the quarter break to give CSU the 48-47 lead.

Skersick led the Lancers with 18 points in the game, while Kemari Jones added 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench in the loss.

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