Women's Basketball

WBB Preview: CSU travels to Winthrop for ESPN3 Saturday tipoff

WBB Preview: CSU travels to Winthrop for ESPN3 Saturday tipoff

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern makes their national debut on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers take on the Winthrop Eagles in the Winthrop Coliseum on ESPN3. Tipoff between the Bucs and the Eagles is set for 1 p.m.

The Bucs snapped a four game losing streak on Tuesday against Campbell and are looking to start the second half of the Big South schedule strong as CSU takes on Winthrop for the second time in the 2015-16 season. The Bucs opened up Big South play at home against the Eagles with a 54-51 win over Winthrop in the Buc Dome on December 1.

Alyssa Mann scored 20 points for the sixth time this season, while Ke'Asia Jackson reached double-digits for the fifth straight time on Tuesday night as the Bucs topped the Camels. Monique Maximilien added 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots in the CSU win.

CSU WBB Game Notes at Winthrop*

Scouting Winthrop
Winthrop enters the Saturday afternoon contest with a 3-16 overall record, 2-8 in Big South Conference play on the season. The Eagles have dropped 10 of their last 11 contests, but topped Campbell last Sunday afternoon in the Winthrop Coliseum to pick up their second Big South win of the season. All three of Winthrop's victories in the 2015-16 season have come at home with the Eagles topping N.C. Central, Gardner-Webb and Campbell on their way to a 3-3 home record. 

Erica Williams leads the Eagles and the Big South Conference with 16.2 points per game, while Arianne Whitaker is the team leader with 8.4 rebounds per game. Aliyah Kilpatrick is also in double-digits in scoring with 13.3 points per game and is the team's leading outside threat with 16 three-pointers on the season. Whitaker leads the Eagles down low with 34 blocked shots, while Kilpatrick leads the team with 69 steals on the season. 

Last Time against Winthrop
Charleston Southern 54, Winthrop 51 (December 1, 2015)
Ke'Asia Jackson sparked a Buccaneers second half run and the Charleston Southern defense held Winthrop scoreless from the floor for nearly 12 minutes as CSU topped the Eagles in the Buc Dome, 54-51. Jackson connected on a season-high 22 points with 13 coming in the second half as the freshman guard sparked a 17-4 Buccaneer run to take the lead late in the third period. CSU's lead reached double-digits midway through the fourth quarter following an Alyssa Mann three-pointer to give the Bucs the 48-37 lead. The Bucs held off a late Winthrop comeback attempt from the free throw line in closing out the Big South Conference win.

Recapping Campbell
Charleston Southern 65, Campbell 57 (January 26, 2016)
Alyssa Mann scored 20 points for the sixth time in the 2015-16 season and Ke'Asia Jackson was in double-digits for the fifth straight game as Charleston Southern topped Campbell, 65-57, in the Buc Dome. The Buccaneers' win snapped a four game losing streak and improved CSU's record to 9-10, 4-6 in Big South Conference play on the season. The difference in the game came in the turnover battle as CSU forced 21 Campbell (7-12, 2-8) turnovers and turned them into a 20-7 edge in points off of turnovers in picking up the conference win.

Bucs against Winthrop under Applin
CSU is 1-6 against Winthrop under head coach Fred Applin with the Bucs picking up their first win over the Eagles earlier this season. Overall, the Bucs are 0-3 in the WU Coliseum against the Eagles under Applin. 

Bucs against Winthrop All-Time
CSU is 30-39 all-time against Winthrop dating back to when the teams first met in the 1977-78 season.

Big South's Leading Scorers
Winthrop's Erica Williams and CSU's Alyssa Mann are the top two scorers in the Big South in the 2015-16 season entering the weekend. Williams leads the Big South at 16.2 points per game, while Mann recorded her sixth 20+ point effort on the season this past Tuesday in the Bucs' win over Campbell. In their first meeting, Williams led the Eagles with 19 points in the contest, while Mann scored 10 for the Bucs in the win. 

Shot Blocks and Steals Galore
Saturday's contest features two of the top defensive teams in the Big South stats in the 2015-16 season with Winthrop ranking second in both blocked shots and steals, while CSU sits third in both categories on the season. Winthrop averages 4.9 blocks and 9.5 steals per game on the season led by Arianne Whitaker (34 blocks) and Aliyah Kilpatrick (69 steals). CSU averages 4.6 blocks and 8.8 steals led by Monique Maximilien (38 blocks) and Alyssa Mann (26 steals).

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