Women's Basketball

Mann scores 1,000th career point in 74-68 Buccaneer victory at High Point

Mann scores 1,000th career point in 74-68 Buccaneer victory at High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Alyssa Mann recorded her 1,000th career point as Charleston Southern topped High Point 74-68 in the Millis Center on Tuesday night.

Mann led the Buccaneers (7-7, 1-2) with a game-high 23 points and became the CSU women's basketball team's 15th member to join the 1,000 point club, reaching the mark from the free-throw line midway through the second quarter. She finished the game 6-of-11 from the field, 3-of-6 from the three-point line, and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in the win.

Ke'Asia Jackson was also in double-digits for the Bucs with 17 points in CSU's first league win of the season.

"We shot the ball well and played solid defense as a team," said CSU Head Coach Fred Applin.  "It was a great road win for this team and I am so proud of them for believing."

The Panthers (3-11, 1-2) were paced by the double-digit performances of Emma Bockrath (13), Kat Harris (13) and Kaylah Keys (11).

Charleston Southern started the game strong as Mann got the Bucs on the board first while an aggressive CSU defense forced two steals and two offensive fouls in the opening minutes.  Mann connected on a pair of three-pointers and a jumper for eight points over the first 10 minutes to help the Buccaneers lead High Point 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.

CSU held onto the lead for the duration of the first half and Mann scored her 1,000th career-point at the free-throw line with 2:31 left in the second quarter.

"I feel fantastic because I can honestly say I've been in a slump these last couple of games," Mann said.  "The starters had a really good conversation before the game because a lot of us have felt we haven't been playing our best.  We talked it out and let each other know we all had the other's back and I truly think that gave us all the confidence we needed to perform well tonight."

High Point took their first lead of the night to go ahead 37-36 during the opening minute of the second half with a three from Keys. CSU answered back with hot hands from Jackson who scored 11 of her 17 total points in a third quarter made up of six lead changes and ties to hold the 61-59 lead heading into the final period.

The Panthers took a brief lead midway through the fourth following a Bockrath layup to give High Point the 66-64 advantage with 5:01 remaining. Mann answered with a layup and Brianna Lakes connected on a pair of free throws to swing the lead back to CSU.

Breannah Bretches, Elyse Kiploks and Lakes helped the Buccaneers close out the 74-68 victory with trips to the foul line. Lakes finished the game just shy of a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Bretches recorded two steals in the final 30 seconds of the contest.

The Buccaneers now turn their attention to their next Big South matchup as they host Winthrop on Saturday afternoon.  Tipoff at the Buc Dome is set for 3:00 p.m. on the Big South Network.

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