Women's Basketball

Buccaneers top Montreat to keep record perfect at home

Buccaneers top Montreat to keep record perfect at home

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Ke'Asia Jackson scored a career-high 24 points to help push Charleston Southern past Montreat in a 79-50 victory on Friday night in the Buc Dome.

"I was really looking to pass the ball to my teammates first and foremost," Jackson said.  "But when we were down and opportunities opened up, I knew I had to step up and do my part to help us get the win."

Jackson recorded nine field goals and six free throws to give the Buccaneers (6-2) a 20-point lead before coming out of the game a minute into the fourth period.  The sophomore guard recorded five rebounds and shot a perfect 100 percent from the charity line.

"She's made great strides this year and I want her to continue to make drives and shoot the basketball," said CSU Head Coach Fred Applin.

The Bucs trailed the Cavaliers 18-16 after the first period, but CSU took control of the game in the second period utilizing a 9-0 run on their way to building a 27-21 advantage. Jackson sparked the run with a pair of free throws at the 7:21 mark, while Alyssa Mann converted a pair of baskets to give the Bucs the six point lead to cap the stretch. Breannah Bretches connected on a late jumper to give CSU the 36-30 lead with nine seconds left in the half, but Montreat's Dara DeWalt answered with a basket at the buzzer to set the teams into the break with CSU leading by four.

The Buccaneers opened the second half with a renewed momentum after Rachel Burns and Mann each recorded a steal and a layup in the opening minute of the third period to stretch CSU's lead to double-digits.  Mann tied her career-high six steals and had her seventh consecutive double-digit game, putting up 11 points.  The Bucs would outscore the Cavaliers 26-12 over the third period paced by Jackson's 10 points in the frame in building a 62-44 lead. The Bucs' lead reached 20 on Jackson's first basket of the fourth period and Georgia Elliott-King connected on a three-pointer as CSU closed out the 79-50 win.

Montreat's Darah Dewalt, Katie Dillon and Diamond Porter put up double-digits for the Cavalier's offense.  Dewalt shot 66.7% from the floor and went four for four from the stripe for a team-high 12 points.  Dillon and Porter recorded 11-points a piece with each player sinking three baskets from beyond the arc.

All 12 Buccaneers who dressed out for the game scored on Friday night with Shauntavia Dobson putting the cap on the night with a late free throw. Tierra Steede scored nine points off the bench for the Bucs, while Aliyah Abney had eight points in her first action of the season in the CSU win.

"I wanted everybody to play, because when we start conference-play it's going to be a long road and we're going to need everybody," Applin added.  "I told everyone, even if you're just playing 30 seconds, you play the best 30 seconds you can play because the next point isn't just given."

The Buccaneers now turn their attention to next week as they welcome Wofford to the Buc Dome on Monday night.  Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Big South Network.

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