Charleston Southern will host Winthrop as the Buccaneers take on the Eagles at home on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is set for 3:00 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. Winthrop
A young Winthrop team made up of eight freshmen, three sophomores, two juniors and two seniors entered the 2016-17 slate ranked No. 10 in the Big South Preseason Poll. The Eagles head into Saturday's matchup with an overall record of 1-14 and have yet to win a league game. Winthrop opened the season with a hefty 89-40 home victory over North Carolina Wesleyan, but have been unable to top any team since and have accumulated a 14-game losing streak following that November 11 win. The Eagles have faced some tough opponents this season, falling to College of Charleston, East Tennessee State, Florida State, Michigan, Gonzaga, Baylor and Ohio State. In Big South conference-play, they have been topped by High Point and Radford. Winthrop recorded their most recent league loss this week after falling to UNC Asheville 68-53 at home on Tuesday night.
Winthrop's offense is led by Erica Williams. The senior guard/forward is ranked third in the conference, averaging 13.7 points per game and shooting 36.2% from the floor. The Big South Preseason All-Conference First-Team selection led the league with a 16.4 point average last year, until a broken foot injury knocked her out of the final 12 games of the season. Williams has recorded 13 double-digit games in her 15 starts this season, including a career-high 28 points in Winthrop's 95-64 loss against College of Charleston. The Georgia-native is also one of the Eagles' leading rebounders, posting an average of 5.6 boards per game along with freshman forward Taylahna Green. Winthrop has proven they are a force to be reckoned with from the free-throw line, earning a No. 3 ranking in the Big South with a 72.0 shooting percentage from the stripe.
Kevin Cook enters his fifth season as head coach of the Winthrop University women's basketball program. During his four seasons, Cook has guided the Eagles to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and Big South Conference Championship, along with the program's first Division I postseason win in the 2013 WNIT. Cook helped the program achieve back-to-back 20-plus win seasons for the first time in school history in 2012-13 and 2013-14. He became the program's 14th head coach following one year as an assistant coach. Entering the 2016-17 slate, Cook's record at Winthrop stood at 66-60, with an overall record of 113-115 in his eight years of collegiate coaching.
Last Time Against Winthrop
Charleston Southern 58, Winthrop 50 (January 30, 2016)
Charleston Southern led from start to finish on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers topped Winthrop for the second time in the 2015-16 season on the road, 58-50. Rachel Burns led the Bucs (10-10, 5-6) with 19 points, 16 of which came in the first half as the Bucs' swept the season series over the Eagles for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Alyssa Mann added 15 points with 11 coming in the second half to seal the CSU win. The Buccaneers jumped out of the gates and seized control of the contest early. All five CSU starters had scored by the media timeout with junior forward Elyse Kiploks driving in for the layup to give the Bucs the 14-4 lead with 4:15 left in the first quarter. The Bucs lead reached 16 following a three-pointer and a layup from Alecia Hardy with 1:02 left in the period as CSU went up 23-7 after the first. Winthrop rallied back behind Erica Williams and CiiCii Buford with the duo both connecting on three-pointers late to pull the Eagles back within nine at 31-22 with 1:20 left in the first half. Burns answered with a three-pointer for the Bucs, however, to give CSU the 34-24 advantage at the break. Both sides traded baskets throughout the third quarter with CSU going up 10 points at 41-31 following a Burns' layup at the 5:37 mark. Winthrop answered with four points to pull the game back within six following a Naima Jackson jumper, but Mann followed with a jumper just before the end of the third quarter to give CSU the 43-35 lead heading into the fourth. The Eagles brought the game all the way back to within three points following a Ronata Rogers jumper in the paint with 8:11 to go, but CSU answered with a 7-0 run sparked by five straight points from Mann to put the game out of reach for the Eagles. The Bucs closed out the game from the free throw line with Burns, Kiploks and Ke'Asia Jackson all converting from the stripe to record the win. Winthrop was paced by Rogers' double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Erica Williams led all scorers with 21 points in the loss.
Recapping CSU's Last Game
Charleston Southern 74, High Point 68 (January 10, 2017)
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. 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. 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.
Buccaneers' Standings in the Big South and the NCAA
• Alyssa Mann leads the Big South with 4.5 assists per game and is ranked 88th in the NCAA
• Alyssa Mann is 2nd in the Big South in three-point field goals per game with 2.00
• Alyssa Mann is 3rd in the Big South in three-point field-goal percentage with 27.7
• Alyssa Mann is 3rd in the Big South in steals per game with 2.08
• Alyssa Mann is 6th in the Big South in free-throw percentage with 75.0
• Ke'Asia Jackson leads the Big South in points per game with 15.3
• Ke'Asia Jackson leads the Big South in free-throw percentage with 92.3 and is ranked 8th in the NCAA
• Ke'Asia Jackson is 2nd in the Big South in field-goal percentage with 43.7
• Elyse Kiploks is 3rd in the Big South in blocked shots with 20
• Elyse Kiploks is 3rd in the Big South in blocked shots per game with 1.43
Team Standings in the Big South and the NCAA
• Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals with 126
• Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals per game with 9.0
• Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnover margin with 5.36
• Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnovers forced with 21.43
• Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assists with 176
• Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assists per game with 12.6
• Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in fewest turnovers with 225
• Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in three-point field goals made with 79
• Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in three-point field goals per game with 5.6
• Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in assist-turnover ratio with 0.78
• Charleston Southern is 19th in the NCAA in turnovers forced with 21.43
• Charleston Southern is 30th in the NCAA in turnover margin with 5.36