CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern remains at home as the Buccaneers open the doubleheader in the Buc Dome on Saturday afternoon hosting Longwood University. Tipoff on the Big South Network is set for 2 p.m. between the Bucs and the Lancers.
The contest marks the fourth doubleheader the men's and women's basketball teams have played this season. The Bucs will host their final doubleheader on February 20th with the women hosting Gardner-Webb, while the men take on Campbell.
The Bucs' winning streak snapped on Monday night as CSU fell at home to visiting Liberty, 59-49. Alecia Hardy (14) and Ke'Asia Jackson (13) were both in double-digits off the bench for CSU in the contest. Alyssa Mann added seven points, seven rebounds and five assists in the loss.
Longwood enters the contest with a 6-15 overall record, 3-9 in Big South Conference play on the 2015-16 season. The Lancers have fallen in six of their past seven sevens with their win coming on January 26 at home against Winthrop. Longwood has posted a 4-5 record at home inside Willett Hall, but have struggled on the road this season with a 2-10 record away from Farmville, Va. The Lancers have picked up two of their three Big South wins on the road, topping Winthrop and Coastal Carolina in back-to-back games at the beginning of January.
Daiesha Brown leads the Lancers with 9.3 points per game, while Kyndal Skersick is close behind at 9.1 points per game on the season. Eboni Gilliam is the team's rebounding and blocks leader on the year with 6.3 boards per game and nine blocked shots. Skersick leads the Lancers with 35 three-pointers on the season. Micaela Ellis is the team's primary ball-handler and leads Longwood with 52 assists on the year.
Last Time against Longwood
Charleston Southern 63, Longwood 54 (December 29, 2015)
Shauntavia Dobson and Alyssa Mann combined for 45 points 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 held off a late Lancer 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.
Liberty 59, Charleston Southern 49 (February 1, 2016)
Charleston Southern was unable to overcome Liberty's hot-hand from the free throw line as the Buccaneers fell to the visiting Flames inside the Buc Dome, 59-49. The Bucs saw their winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Flames as Liberty connected on 23-of-31 attempts from the free throw line, 10-of-12 in the pivotal third quarter to pick up the win. Charleston Southern shot 46.2% (12-of-26) from the floor in the first half in taking a four-point lead into the locker room over the Flames. The Bucs defense forced 13 Flames turnovers over the first 20 minutes that led to an 8-0 advantage on points off of turnovers in the first half.
Bucs against Longwood under Applin
CSU is 1-7 against Longwood under head coach Fred Applin. The Bucs picked up their first win against the Lancers earlier this season on December 29.
Bucs against Longwood All-Time
CSU is 2-8 all-time against Longwood dating back to when the teams first met in the 2005-06 season.
Connecting from Deep
Three of the top three-point shooters in the conference will be in the Buc Dome on Saturday afternoon in CSU's Shauntavia Dobson and Alyssa Mann, as well as Longwood's Kyndal Skersick. Dobson leads the trio in averaging 2.1 three-pointers per game, while Mann (1.8) and Skersick (1.8) are both averaging multiple triples per game. Skersick leads the trio with a 36.1% three-point percentage, while Dobson (34.2%) and Mann (28.7%) are both in the top 10.
They Don't Turn It Over
Charleston Southern leads the Big South Conference in turnover margin heading into Saturday's competition. The Bucs are +3.67 in the category, forcing an average of 17.3 turnovers per game in Big South Conference play, while only coughing the ball up 13.6 times per game. It is truly a team effort for the Bucs defenders as none of the CSU players is among the top 15 players in steals per game in conference play.