CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will welcome South Carolina State as they host the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is set for 2:00 p.m. on the Big South Network and fans can follow the action via Live Stats on CSUsports.com and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameDay.
Women's Basketball Game Notes - vs. South Carolina State
Faith and Family Day
Sunday is Faith and Family Day. Fans will receive free admission with their local church bulletin. CSU students will also have the chance to enter to win a free exam study basket.
Scouting South Carolina State
South Carolina State enters Sunday's matchup with a 3-2 record. The Bulldogs have recorded wins against Winthrop and Morris College. On Thursday, S.C. State earned their third win in a sizeable 72-35 victory over St. Andrews. The Bulldogs have been topped by Georgia and Wofford this season. Sunday marks the Buccaneers 22nd meeting with S.C. State, with CSU falling to the Bulldogs in their last two meetings. S.C. State's offense is led by Bryesha Blair. The graduate student is averaging 22 points per game, starting all five games and shooting 48.8% from the floor. On Thursday, Blair captured her 100th point of the season, putting up 25 points in the Bulldogs' win over St. Andrews. Sophomore foward JaQuanna Murray leads S.C. State's defense with a total of 33 rebounds this season for an average of 6.8 rebounds per game. Murray has also recorded 15 blocks for the season and averages 3 blocks per game.
Last Time against South Carolina State
South Carolina State 73, Charleston Southern 57 (December 12, 2012)
South Carolina State held a double-digit lead midway through the first half and never trailed as the Bulldogs handed the Buccaneers their first home loss in the 2012-2013 season inside the Buc Dome as Charleston Southern fell on Wednesday evening, 73-57. Lakeitha Alston entered the top 10 in the all-time CSU (3-4) scoring ranks with 10 points in the contest, surpassing Joy Galloway with her final basket in the second half as the senior forward from Myrtle Beach, S.C. finished the contest with 1,134 career points. Junior guard Erin Bratcher added a season-high 17 points hitting four three-pointers in the game, while DJ Fowler was also in double-digits with 10 points in the loss. CSU cut the lead back to within single digits at 29-21 following a Bratcher three-pointer and Alston free throw, but SCSU closed out the final six minutes of the contest with a 15-4 run capped by a Knotts' three-pointer to send the teams into the locker room with the score 44-25 in favor of the visitors. CSU rallied over the final minutes of the half, bringing the score back to within 14 on Bratcher's fourth three-pointer of the evening to put the score at 64-50 with 4:11 to play. Anicia Dotson closed out the game with the final five points for the Buccaneers, hitting a three-pointer and a short jumper in the paint as the Bulldogs closed out the 73-57 victory.
Recapping CSU's Last Game
Charleston Southern 67, Lipscomb 52 (November 26, 2016)
Charleston Southern wrapped up their holiday week on the road with a 67-52 win at Lipscomb. The Buccaneers (3-2) never trailed in the contest and had two players shoot for double-digits. Alyssa Mann put up three three-pointers and shot 80% (4-5) from the charity line. Saturday's victory marked the redshirt-senior's fourth 10+ point-game this season and the 42nd double-digit game of her career. Ke'Asia Jackson also recorded her fourth double-digit game this season; contributing 12 points to the Bucs' 15-point win. CSU was strong in the paint, holding a 30-24 point advantage over Lipscomb and capitalizing on second-chance points with a 14-9 advantage over the Bisons. Elyse Kiploks gave her best offensive and defensive performance of the season with six points and 14 rebounds for the Bucs. Lipscomb (1-5) put up tough fight, cutting the Bucs' lead down to eight points two times in the third period. Alex Banks was a standout player for the Bisons. The redshirt-senior had a double-double, with 21 points and 12 rebounds in the contest. Banks was Lipscomb's only player to hit double-digits and shot 60% (3-5) from beyond the arc.
She's the Mann
Last week, Charleston Southern redshirt senior guard Alyssa Mann broke 900-career points, hitting 916 after her 19-point performance at Lipscomb. She entered the 2016-17 season with 835 career points and will look to become just the 15th player in CSU women's basketball history to join the 1,000 point club. Mann had back-to-back 20+ games and four consecutive double-digit games for a combined total of 81 points this season. The 2016-17 Big South Preseason All-Conference Second Team pick was last season's lone player in the Big South to sit in the top six in multiple conference statistical categories, including points per game (13.7, 4th), assists per game (2.8, 6th) and steals per game (1.8, 5th). She was also among the conference leaders in three-point percentage, field goal percentage, three-pointers per game and minutes per game. Mann scored 20-plus points in seven different games last season, including a career-high 29 in CSU's 74-64 win over Wofford.