Women's Basketball

WBB Preview: Buccaneers travel to Presbyterian for battle with the Blue Hose

WBB Preview: Buccaneers travel to Presbyterian for battle with the Blue Hose

Charleston Southern will travel to Presbyterian College as the Buccaneers take on the Blue Hose on Tuesday night.  Tipoff at Ross E. Templeton 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 Presbyterian

Scouting Presbyterian
Presbyterian entered the 2016-17 slate ranked No. 5 in the Big South Preseason Poll.  The Blue Hose head into Tuesday's matchup with an overall record of 4-11 and have split their conference matchups for a Big South record of 2-2.  Presbyterian has recorded wins against UNCG, N.C. Central, Longwood and Gardner-Webb, while most recently falling to Liberty and Campbell last week.  Tuesday marks the 23rd meeting between CSU and PC, and while each program has recorded 11 wins in the series, Presbyterian has won the last six meetings.

Presbyterian's offense is led by Cortney Storey.  The junior guard is averaging 12.3 points per game on the season, scoring double-digits in 10 of the last 12 games.  Storey is ranked second in the conference with 3.9 assists per game and has converted on 61-of-157 shots (38.9 percent).  The Fayetteville, Tennessee-native's impressive offensive performances have earned her Big South Player of the Week honors twice this season.  Defensively, Salina Virola leads Presbyterian with 4.2 rebounds per game and a total of 59 boards on the season.

Todd Steelman enters his first season as head coach of Presbyterian College women's basketball program.  Prior to being named the program's seventh head coach, Steelman spent four season as the associate head coach at the University of Maine.  The Hickory, N.C.-native has also spent time coaching at Ball State and served as an assistant with Clemson and Rice University. 

Last Time Against Presbyterian
Presbyterian 52, Charleston Southern 37 (February 9, 2016)
Charleston Southern was unable to hold off a third quarter Presbyterian run as the Buccaneers fell on the road to the Blue Hose in the Templeton Center on Tuesday night, 55-37.  The Buccaneers (11-12, 6-8) used an 11-2 run to build a 28-20 lead behind eight Rachel Burns' points in taking their largest lead of the game with 5:37 remaining in the quarter. Presbyterian (14-9, 10-4) rallied back as the Blue Hose utilized an 18-2 run the rest of the quarter with Salina Virola connecting on a three-pointer with five seconds left to take a 38-30 lead.

Charleston Southern was unable to pull the game back within six points the rest of the way as the Buccaneers fell to the Blue Hose for the second time this season.  Burns led the Bucs with 12 points in 18 minutes play. The freshman guard was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line and added two rebounds and two steals in the loss. Alyssa Mann was also in double-digits for CSU with 10 points, adding four rebounds and two assists.

Elyse Kiploks, Monique Maximilien and Nayla Long all had six rebounds in the game as CSU held the 34-24 rebounding advantage in the game. However, PC forced 24 CSU turnovers and converted them into 17 points in completing the win.

Virola led the Blue Hose with 15 points from the floor, while Allie Wagner finished with 11 points and four rebounds in the win. Aianna Kelly added nine points and three assists in setting up the Blue Hose offense as PC shot 47.4% (9-19) from the floor in the second half in recording the home win. The Buccaneers defense came out strong in the first quarter as CSU held Presbyterian scoreless over the final 8:22 in taking the 11-4 lead. Mann had seven points over the first 10 minutes, including a three-pointer at the 6:27 mark, while Burns added four points as the Bucs held the early lead.

CSU went up eight points with 5:54 remaining in the third quarter following a pair of free throws from Burns as the Bucs' freshman came out on fire to open the period. Burns connected on an early three-pointer to open the half and added a three-point play to give CSU their largest lead of the ball game. The Blue Hose closed out the quarter on an 18-2 run sparked by a three-pointer from Yakima Clifton, while Kelly and Virola both connected from behind the arc to give PC the 38-30 lead.

The Blue Hose went up double-digits with 6:45 left in the game following the Clifton free throw. PC closed out the game from the free throw line in recording the Big South win.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
Charleston Southern 71, Winthrop 52 (January 14, 2017)
Ke'Asia Jackson scored a game-high 23 points to pace Charleston Southern past Winthrop in a 71-52 home victory on Saturday afternoon.  Jackson had her ninth perfect performance from the stripe, sinking 7-of-7 from the charity line and solidifying her spot as the leading free-throw shooter in the Big South and one of the top-10 in the NCAA.  

Jasmine Blackmon also scored double-digits for the Buccaneers (8-7, 2-2) with a career-high 14 points in the paint and sinking seven of eight basket attempts (87.5%) from the floor.  Alyssa Mann recorded a team-high seven assists in a game where nine CSU players contributed points.  The Buccaneers topped Winthrop (1-15, 0-4) in every quarter and held the offensive advantage, shooting 40.0% against the Eagles' 34.3%.  CSU's Shauntavia Dobson and Breannah Bretches scored the only three-pointers of the game and added a combined 10 points in the Buccaneer victory.  Charleston Southern's defense did not disappoint, forcing 13 Winthrop turnovers in the first half that the Bucs would capitalize on for a 31-20 lead at halftime.  Brianna Lakes and Rachel Burns attacked the boards to share a team-high seven rebounds in the contest.  Winthrop was paced by the double-double performance of Erica Williams.  The senior guard/forward recorded 15 points and 15 rebounds in the Eagles' loss.

Charleston Southern maintained their double-digit halftime lead as Blackmon closed out the third quarter with three consecutive baskets off of passes from Mann and Jackson, scoring her 10th point and giving the Buccaneers a 52-34 lead going into the final ten minutes of the contest.

Winthrop continued to struggle with ball control in the fourth quarter, recording 19 total turnovers.  The Buccaneers kept the momentum with back-to-back buckets from Tierra Steede for their biggest lead of the game, pulling ahead 60-34 with 6:56 left on the clock.  The Eagles were only able to cut the Bucs' lead down to 19 in the final quarter as Williams recorded five points in the final minutes, while Danyael Goodhope and Marissa Cantrell added baskets as time expired.  Blackmon scored the Buccaneers' last two baskets of the game to close out the 71-52 CSU victory.

Buccaneers' Standings in the Big South and the NCAA

  • Alyssa Mann leads the Big South with 4.7 assists per game and is ranked 88th in the NCAA
  • Alyssa Mann is 3rd in the Big South in three-point field goals per game with 1.9
  • Alyssa Mann is 3rd in the Big South in steals per game with 2.1
  • Ke'Asia Jackson leads the Big South in points per game with 15.9
  • Ke'Asia Jackson leads the Big South in free-throw percentage with 93.2 and is ranked 3rd in the NCAA
  • Ke'Asia Jackson is 2nd in the Big South in field-goal percentage with 44.5
  • 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 1.3

Team Standings in the Big South and the NCAA

  • Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals with 132
  • Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals per game with 8.8
  • Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnover margin with 5.53
  • Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnovers forced with 21.27
  • Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assists with 196
  • Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assists per game with 13.1
  • Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in fewest turnovers with 236
  • Charleston Southern is 4th in the Big South in three-point field goals made with 81
  • Charleston Southern is 4th in the Big South in three-point field goals per game with 5.4
  • Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assist turnover ratio with 0.83
  • Charleston Southern is 20th in the NCAA in turnovers forced with 21.27
  • Charleston Southern is 27th in the NCAA in turnover margin with 5.53

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