Charleston Southern will travel to North Carolina to take on the Panthers of High Point University on Tuesday night. Tipoff at the Millis Center 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 - at High Point
Scouting High Point
A young High Point team made up of three freshmen, seven sophomores, three juniors and one senior entered the 2016-17 slate ranked No. 3 in the Big South Preseason Poll. So far this season, the Panthers have recorded three wins and 10 losses, spliting their two conference games for a 1-1 record and No. 6 standing in the Big South. High Point saw wins against Brevard College, Spring Hill College (Ala.) and found their most recent 'W' in a 88-43 conference-opener victory at home against Winthrop on January 3. The Panthers have fallen to Ohio University, Mississippi, UAB, West Virginia, Norfolk State, Stetson, Davidson, Western Carolina, UNCG and Liberty.
High Point's offense is led by Kaylah Keys. The senior guard is averaging 11.5 points per game and a team-high 25 buckets from beyond the arc. The Big South Preseason All-Conference First-Team selection is ranked third in the conference, shooting 32.5% from downtown. Just behind Keys are Kat Harris and Emma Bockrath with an average of 10.5 points on the season. Harris has proven to be a threat from the stripe as the second-highest ranked Big South free-throw shooter (84.6%) behind Charleston Southern's Ke'Asia Jackson (93.8%). Meanwhile, Bockrath leads the Panthers with 6.1 rebounds and a team-high 42 assists and 31.3 minutes per game.
Head Coach DeUnna Hendrix enters her fifth season with High Point University women's basketball program, earning a 71-55 overall record with a 51-27 mark in the league. In 2014, Hendrix led the Panthers to a Big South Conference regular-season championship and was named Big South Coach of the Year. Prior to becoming the ninth head coach of HPU women's basketball in May 2012, she spent a year with the team as an assistant coach and helped lead the Panthers to a 20-13 record and their second Women's NIT appearance.
Last Time Against High Point
High Point 78, Charleston Southern 72 (February 27, 2016)
High Point utilized an 11-3 run midway through the fourth quarter to pull away from the Buccaneers late as Charleston Southern fell on Senior Day in the Buc Dome on Saturday afternoon, 78-72.
Monique Maximilien capped her career in the Buc Dome with her fifth double-double of the season with the Coconut Creek, Fla. native leading the Bucs with 13 points and 16 rebounds in the contest against the Panthers. However, HPU's Emma Bockrath scored 10 of her game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter to help High Point split the season series against the Buccaneers with the win. Maximilien had arguably one of the best games of her collegiate career in her final game in the Buc Dome as the senior center was one of four players with double-digits scoring in the game. She went 4-for-8 from the floor and 5-for-5 from the free throw line and led the team with two blocked shots and a pair of steals in a team-high 37 minutes.
Shauntavia Dobson sparked the Bucs off the bench in the first quarter in finishing with 13 points. She connected on a trio of three-pointers in the first half to give CSU the 27-19 lead with 8:51 in the second quarter for their largest lead of the game. Ke'Asia Jackson added 13 points off the bench for the Bucs as CSU outscored High Point 34-16 in bench points on the afternoon. She added a team-high four assists from the floor. Rachel Burns was also in double-digits with 11 points and five rebounds.
Bockrath led three Panthers in double-digits with 26 points, hitting 8-of-13 from the floor and all four of her three-point attempts in the win. Kaylah Keys added 18 points and four steals, while Kat Harris had 14 points and three assists in the win.
Recapping CSU's Last Game
Campbell 54, Charleston Southern 37 (January 7, 2017)
Charleston Southern was unable to get over a halftime hump in falling to the Fighting Camels, 54-37, at Gore Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Ke'Asia Jackson led the Buccaneers (6-7, 0-2) with 10 points, while Nayla Long connected a pair of three-pointers in shooting 100.0% from beyond the arc. Elyse Kiploks battled through early foul trouble to pull down a team-high six rebounds in the Buccaneer loss. Summer Price led the Fighting Camels with a game-high 15 points, including seven points from the free throw line. Hannah Long and MaKala Rouse also scored double-figures for Campbell with 10 points apiece in the contest.
Following a double-digit halftime deficit, Charleston Southern was unable to regain the lead with Campbell holding the point advantage for 35:02 of the 40-minute contest. CSU's bench attempted a fourth-quarter comeback with another three-pointer from Long and Bretches' layup, the Fighting Camels held onto a double-digit lead for the duration of the game, with a nationally-ranked defense that was able to hold to CSU to 20 points in the second-half. Campbell entered Saturday's matchup with the No. 1 scoring defense in the NCAA, holding their opponents to an average of just 46.5 points per game. Jasmine Blackmon closed out CSU's scoring with a pair of layups in the final minute of the 54-37 Campbell victory.
Tuesday night's Big South showdown could prove to be a battle of the sophomores. CSU lead-scorer Ke'Asia Jackson (15.2 ppg) will likely face pressure from Emma Bockrath. With 137 total points on the season, the Ohio-native is tied for the Panther's second-highest scoring average (10.5 ppg). Last season, Bockrath earned Big South All-Freshman Team honors and recorded a career-high 26 points in HPU's 78-72 victory over the Buccaneers on February 27. The 5-10 guard has started all 13 games of the 2016-17 slate and has shot for double-digits in seven contests this season. Bockrath currently leads the Big South with a 1.5 assist/turnover ratio, followed closely by the 1.3 assist/turnover ratio of CSU's Alyssa Mann. On the visitor's side of the Millis Center, Jackson will step on the floor Tuesday night leading the conference with a 15.2 point average and an impressive 93.8 shooting percentage from the charity line. The Irmo-native has recorded eight perfect performances from the stripe, hitting 45 of her 48 free-throw attempts on the season. Jackson is also ranked second in the Big South with a field-goal percentage of 42.6% in her 12 sophomore starts.
She's the Mann
Alyssa Mann is just 11 points away from becoming just the 15th player in CSU women's basketball history to join the 1,000 point club. The redshirt-senior currently sits at 989 career points after entering the 2016-17 season with 835 points. Eight double-digit games, including four 20+ games, have put Mann at 154 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.