CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston Southern will welcome Wofford as they host the Terriers 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.
Tis' the Season
The Buccaneers are getting into the Christmas spirit and offering a free ticket to their next two home games when you purchase admission to Monday night's game against Wofford.
Wofford enters Friday's matchup with a 6-4 record. The Terriers have recorded wins against Erskine, South Carolina State, Gardner-Webb, North Carolina Central, Coastal Carolina and most recently captured a 71-67 victory at UNC Wilmington on Saturday. The Terriers have seen some tough competition this season, falling to N.C. State, Nebraska-Omaha, Florida and UNC Asheville. Monday marks CSU's 11th meeting with Wofford, with the Buccaneers holding a 6-4 advantage in the series.
Wofford's offense is led by Chloe Wanink. The 5-7 sophomore guard is averaging 13.3 points per game for a total of 133 points this season and is shooting 44.0% from the floor and 51.4% from beyond the arc. The Cameron, Wisconsin native recorded a career-high 26 points in the Terriers' narror 71-67 victory at UNC Wilmington on Saturday. Seniors Grayson Pinholster and Kentra Washington lead Wofford's defense, with each player averaging 6.0 rebounds per game. Washington is also one of the Terriers' top scorers, averaging 11.2 points per game and putting up double-digits in seven of Wofford's ten games this season.
The Terriers are coached by Jimmy Garrity. Garrity is in his first-year as head coach at Wofford after spending the last three years as head coach at Anderson University.
Last Time Against Wofford
Charleston Southern 74, Wofford 64 (November 23, 2015)
Alyssa Mann scored a career-high 29 points and Shauntavia Dobson sparked the Buccaneers in the second half as Charleston Southern defeated visiting Wofford on Monday night in the Buc Dome, 74-64. Mann scored 12 of CSU's 18 points in the first period and finished 8-for-15 from the floor and 10-for-12 from the free throw line in pacing the Bucs with her second straight 20+ point effort. The senior guard added three assists and three rebounds in the win.
Wofford (0-4) fought their way back into the game in the fourth period as the Terriers brought a double-digit margin down to four points on two separate occasions. However, Dobson came up big for the Buccaneers (3-1) with 19 points over the final 13 minutes of the contest with the sophomore guard connecting a career-high five three-pointers as the Bucs clinched their third straight victory.
Recapping CSU's Last Game
Charleston Southern 79, Montreat 50 (December 16, 2016)
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. 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.
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.
Jackson with the Jumper
Ke'Asia Jackson is stepping up for her second year with the Buccaneers. The sophomore standout has recorded seven double-digit games so far this season, averaging 13.9 points per game and earning a career-high 24 points in the Bucs' last home matchup vs. Montreat.
"Last year, I had a lot of expectations for myself," Jackson said. "I was hurt a lot, so I didn't play as much, but I knew my role."
This year, Jackson has earned a role as a starter and a playmaker. The Irmo, South Carolina native is known for her fast-tempo offense and smooth shots. Jackson is currently shooting 40.4% from the floor and an impressive 92.3% from the charity line for the Buccaneers.
"This year, my confidence is a lot better and I just go out there and play every game the best that I can," Jackson added. "I want to look to my teammates first, but if I'm the one that's open, I need to step up and make those shots."
She's the Mann
After several injuries and four years with the Buccaneers, redshirt senior Alyssa Mann almost decided to hang up her #23 jersey after last season. But after a good deal of encouragement and persuasion, the Bradenton, Florida native decided to give CSU one more year, and leave everything she has left on the floor. Mann entered the 2016-17 season with 835 career points and is looking to become just the 15th player in CSU women's basketball history to join the 1,000 point club. With just 43 points standing between her and the hall of fame and two more games until the new year, Mann just might hit her 1,000th point before we wave goodbye to 2016. Seven consecutive double-digit games, including three 20+ games, have put Mann at 122 points this season, for a career total of 957 points. 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.