Women's Basketball

WBB Preview: CSU travels to Nashville for first-time clash with Lipscomb

WBB Preview: CSU travels to Nashville for first-time clash with Lipscomb

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will clash with the Lipscomb Bisons as the Buccaneers travel to Nashville for their second away game this week. Tipoff is set for 4:00 p.m. on ESPN3 and fans can follow the action via Live Stats on CSUsports.com and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameDay.

Women's Basketball Game Notes - at Lipscomb

Scouting Lipscomb
Lipscomb enters Saturday's matchup with a 4-1 record. The Bisons recorded their lone 66-59 win against Anderson at home. They've been topped by Loyola (MD), Mississippi, Alabama and fell to Murray State on the road in their most recent loss. Saturday marks the first time Charleston Southern and Lipscomb women's basketball teams have met in the 40-year history of CSU's program.Lipscomb's offense is led by Alex Banks. The redshirt-senior forward is averaging 11 points per game, starting all five games and shooting 50.0% from the floor. Banks also leads the Bisons' defense, averaging 5.6 rebounds per game. Junior guard Loren Cagle has also proven herself to be a power player for Lipscomb, averaging 4.4 rebounds per game and recording 19 assists and six steals on the season.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
North Carolina 93, Charleston Southern 77 (November 22, 2016)
Charleston Southern fought to the finish but fell to North Carolina, 93-77, at Carmichael Arena on Tuesday afternoon.  Junior transfer Breannah Bretches led the Buccaneer offense with her second consecutive double-digit game, scoring 21 points and shooting 50.0% (9-18) from the floor.  While Bretches was the only Buc to break 20 points, Alyssa Mann, Ke'Asia Jackson and Rachel Burns also went double-digits in the contest.  The Buccaneers (2-2) got off to a slow start, with Jackson and Burns putting up 10 of CSU's 12 points in the first period.  North Carolina (4-0) had a 29-12 point advantage going into the second period, but the Buccaneers fought back hard and never trailed by more than four points at the end of each of the remaining three periods. 

CSU was able to cut the Tar Heels' lead down to 11 points in the third period, but UNC went on a 9-0 run, draining three three-pointers in one minute.  The Bucs fought to the finish and were able to draw two offensive fouls to go within nine points in the opening minutes of the fourth period.  As tough of a fight as the Bucs put up, it wasn't enough to stop last season's ACC Freshman of the Year, Stephanie Watts.  Watts lit up the Tar Heels' offense with a career-high 39 points and broke the ACC record for most three-pointers in a game, draining 10 of 14 attempts.

Bretches' Breakout
Junior transfer Breannah Bretches had a breakout performance last week in CSU's 75-67 win over Paine at home.  Bretches recorded 13 points against the Lions, sinking a three and going 2 for 3 from the charity line.  The Alaska native stepped her game up even more in the Buccaneers' 93-77 loss at North Carolina, where she was the only Bucs' player to score 20+ points (21).  Bretches shot 50.0% from the floor for CSU and drained two shots from beyond the arc.



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