CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston Southern will welcome Georgia Southern as they host the Eagles on Monday night. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is set for 7:00 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. Georgia Southern
Scouting Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern enters Monday's matchup with a 3-5 record. The Eagles have recorded wins against North Carolina A&T and Thomas University and are coming off their most recent five-point win against Savannah State. Georgia Southern has been topped by Clemson, Jacksonville State, Alabama, IUPUI and Mercer this season. Monday marks CSU's 13th meeting with Georgia Southern, with the Buccaneers recording just one win against the Eagles throughout the program's history.Georgia Southern's offense is led by Patrice Butler. The 6-2 senior center/forward is averaging 14.4 points per game, starting all eight games for the Eagles and shooting 45.1% from the floor. Two weeks ago, Butler captured her 100th point of the season, putting up 13 points in the Eagles' 77-56 loss to Mercer. The Norcross, Georgia native also leads Georgia Southern's defense, averaging 6.6 rebounds per game. Butler has also recorded seven blocks and 10 steals so far this season.
Last Time Against Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern 64, Charleston Southern 51 (December 14, 2015)
Charleston Southern was unable to overcome a double-digit halftime deficit as the Buccaneers' second-half comeback attempt fell short on Monday night in their 64-51 defeat at Georgia Southern. Alyssa Mann led the Bucs (5-4) with 14 points, hitting four three-pointers in the loss. Nayla Long was also in double-digits for the first time this season with 10 points, while Monique Maximilien finished the contest with her sixth double-digit rebounding effort with 10 boards on the night.Georgia Southern (3-3) was paced by Patrice Butler's 25 points and eight rebounds in the game, while Angel McGowen added 17 points and five steals as the Eagles shot 44.9% as a team from the floor in the win. The Eagles stretched their lead to double-digits before the break, going up 13 at 32-19 with 2:19 remaining on a three-pointer from Butler. Neither team was able to score before the half, as the teams went into the half with the Bucs trailing by 13.CSU scored six straight points out of the half with Long sparking the run with a layup at the 8:36 mark, while Dobson connected on a three-pointer to pull the Bucs back within 32-25. The Bucs cut it back to within five at 34-29 following a layup from Maximilien midway through the quarter and down to six on a Hardy layup with 44 seconds remaining. However, that was as close as the Bucs were able to bring the matchup, as the Eagles closed out the contest from the free throw line in completing the win.
Recapping CSU's Last Game
Charleston Southern 67, South Carolina State 62 (December 4, 2016)
Charleston Southern kept their perfect record at home, defeating South Carolina State, 67-62, at the Buc Dome Sunday afternoon. The Buccaneers (4-2) held a comfortable lead over the Bulldogs (3-3) for the majority of the game, with a 51-30 advantage after three quarters. But that comfort faded fast in the fourth period when S.C. State cut CSU's lead down to three points with 12 seconds remaining. Ke'Asia Jackson connected on four late free throws to hold off the Bulldogs' comeback in the CSU win.CSU saw the momentum shift in the opening minutes of the final period with multiple fouls called against the Bucs, along with several missed baskets and turnovers that S.C. State would run away with. The Bulldogs made nine of their 13 free throw attempts and shot 61.1% from the floor for their best offensive performance of the contest. Blair Bryeasha and Jahmia Bradley put up 14 points apiece in the final ten minutes to help the Bulldogs cut CSU's lead down to just three points on two separate occasions.CSU's top scorer Rachel Burns would help the Bucs recapture the momentum in the final minute of the game. As the shot clock ticked down to five seconds with 45 seconds left and CSU clinging to a four-point lead, Ke'Asia Jackson found Burns at the post. Burns finished the play with a layup for CSU's final basket from the floor.
If you glance at Georgia Southern's roster, prepare to see double-trouble. The Eagles' starting five features sisters Patrice and Sierra Butler-- and height clearly runs in the family. While senior Patrice has a year on Sierra, both forward/centers line up at 6-2. The Norcross, Georgia natives have started all eight games this season. Patrice is Georgia Southern's top scorer, averaging 14.4 points per game. While Sierra averages 6.8 points per game, she's right behind her big sis defensively, averaging 6.1 rebounds per game against Patrice's 6.6 average.Charleston Southern newcomer Tierra Steede also has sisterly ties to Georgia Southern. The freshman forward's sister, Tashayla, lined up for the Eagles during the 2011-12 season. She was one of four players to play in all 30 games and finished her freshman season with 89 points.
Head Coach Fred Applin announced the promotion of Assistant Coach Jill Poe to Associate Head Coach Tuesday morning. Poe is in her third year with the CSU women's basketball team and joined the program after serving two seasons as assistant coach at East Carolina, where she worked alongside Applin."I am thrilled to name Coach Jill Poe as the Associate Head Coach here at CSU," Applin said. "I've been fortunate to build a relationship with Coach Poe over the years, and I have seen firsthand that her love for CSU Women's Basketball and her passion for coaching student-athletes is second-to-none. She has played a vital role in all aspects of our women's basketball program."Prior to her time at ECU, Poe served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Maine during the 2011-12 season. She owns 21 years of experience at the Division I level as an assistant and head coach, with an emphasis on developing post players. She has made two trips to the NCAA tournament as a head coach and has been part of the WNIT two times as an assistant."I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and want to thank Coach Applin and the administration for their continued support," Poe said. "I am blessed to work with an amazing group of young ladies that truly embody our program's values both on and off the court. I look forward to continuing to help Coach Aplin and our staff move this program forward."