Women's Basketball

WBB Preview: Buccaneers look to give Radford first conference loss on Saturday

WBB Preview: Buccaneers look to give Radford first conference loss on Saturday

Charleston Southern will welcome Radford as the Buccanneers take on the Highlanders 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. Radford

*Note: CSU will honor Alyssa Mann reaching 1,000th career point milestone before the women's game

Scouting Radford
Radford entered the 2016-17 slate ranked No. 2 in the Big South Preseason Poll. The Highlanders are currently ranked No. 1 in the league, defeating every conference opponent they have faced this season for an overall record of 13-3 and a 5-0 record in Big South play. Radford is hot off of a six-game winning streak, posting victories against Concord, Gardner-Webb, Winthrop, Campbell, Longwood and High Point. The Highlanders recorded their first loss in their season-opener at George Mason and were topped by #19/23 Kentucky and #23/23 Virginia Tech last month. Saturday marks the 66th meeting between CSU and Radford, with the Highlanders holding the 48-17 advantage and a nine-game winning streak in the series.

Radford's offense is led by Destinee Walker. The sophomore guard/forward leads the conference with a field goal percentage of 49.4% and is ranked third in the Big South with an average of 13.6 points per game, scoring double-digits in 12 of the 16 games played on the season. Preseason All-Conference First Team selection Janayla White leads the Highlanders defensively with 97 rebounds on the season for an average of 7.5 boards per game.

Mike McGuire enters his fourth season as head coach of Radford women's basketball program. Despite a 2015-16 season of injured players, McGuire steered the Highlanders to its most wins (18) since the 2007-09 season. Last season, Radford tied for third in the Big South regular-season standings and advanced to the semifinals of the Big South tournament for the first time since 2013. Prior to being named the program's seventh head coach, McGuire spent 2008-13 as an assistant coach at the University of Richmond, where he helped lead the Spiders to five straight postseason berths and a 101-60 overall record.

Last Time Against Radford
Radford 61, Charleston Southern 50 (February 13, 2016)
Charleston Southern was unable to hold off a fourth quarter Radford comeback in the Buc Dome on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers fell to the Highlanders in Big South Conference action, 61-50.

The Bucs (11-13, 6-9) held a 45-39 lead early in the fourth quarter following an Alyssa Mann steal and layup before the Radford comeback began. The Highlanders were sparked by five points by Janayla White during a 13-0 run that spanned nearly six minutes as Radford closed out the game with 22 of the final 27 points of the contest in the win.

CSU's defensive pressure caused a number of problems for the Highlanders early as CSU forced 26 Radford turnovers, turning them into 17 points in the contest. Radford won the battle of the boards with a 47-33 rebounding edge with Lydia Rivers, White, and Jayda Worthy all recording 10 rebounds apiece in outscoring the Bucs 17-9 in second chance points.

Mann was in double-digits to pace the Bucs' scoring efforts in the game as the senior guard finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Junior forward Elyse Kiploks had 10 rebounds and three steals in the contest to lead the Bucs in both categories.

The Highlanders took control of the game at the 8:52 mark in the fourth quarter following the White layup on their way to building a late double-digit lead. Georgia Elliott-King drilled a three-pointer for the Bucs late in the quarter, but it was not enough to mount a comeback as CSU fell, 61-50.

White led the Highlanders with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Worthy also recorded the double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Gilmore was also in double-digits with 10 points, adding four assists and four steals.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
Presbyterian 50, Charleston Southern 48 (January 17, 2017)
Charleston Southern was unable to put a stop to a last minute comeback effort by Presbyterian as the Buccaneers fell to the Blue Hose, 50-48, on Tuesday night. The PC victory came down the free-throw line in the final seconds of the game and the Blue Hose were nearly perfect from the stripe making 15-of-16 (94 percent) in recording the conference win.

Charleston Southern was led by Jasmine Blackmon, recording a game-high seven rebounds and nine points in the Buccaneer loss. Ke'Asia Jackson and Breannah Bretches also contributed nine points, while Alyssa Mann scored eight, adding four assists and four steals. Presbyterian was paced by the double-digit performances of Cortney Storey, Kacie Hall and Aianna Kelly with each player recording 10 points in the Blue Hose win.

Charleston Southern (8-8, 2-3) shot 35 percent from the floor against Presbyterian's (5-11, 3-2) 21 percent, but the Blue Hose topped the Buccaneers from beyond the arc, making 7-of-33 (21 percent) attempts against CSU's 1-of-11 (9 percent). The Buccaneers held the lead for majority of the third quarter, but PC continued to battle back, going ahead on three separate occasions and tying up the game five times, putting the score at 33-all with ten minutes to play.

Charleston Southern gained a small lead in the fourth quarter with two jumpers from Nayla Long and a Blackmon layup. The Buccaneers held their largest lead of the night following a 14-6 scoring run with baskets from Blackmon, Bretches and Jackson to give CSU the 47-39 lead with four minutes remaining.

Turnovers hurt the Bucs and swung the momentum to Presbyterian as the Blue Hose held CSU scoreless from the floor over the final four minutes of the game. Mann went to the line for CSU's final point and gave the Bucs a 48-43 lead with 1:49 left on the clock.

Following a Storey layup, a tired defense put the Bucs in foul trouble and sent Storey and Kelly to the free throw line. Presbyterian closed out the game with a pair of Storey free throws in the final second for the 50-48 win.

Buccaneers' Standings in the Big South and the NCAA
Alyssa Mann leads the Big South with 4.7 assists per game and is ranked 79th 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 2.3
Ke'Asia Jackson leads the Big South in points per game with 15.4
Ke'Asia Jackson leads the Big South in free-throw percentage with 91.8 and is ranked 9th in the NCAA
Ke'Asia Jackson is 2nd in the Big South in field-goal percentage with 44.3
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 1.25

Team Standings in the Big South and the NCAA
•Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnover margin with 5.31 and is ranked 27th in the NCAA
•Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnovers forced with 21.31 and is ranked 19th in the NCAA
•Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals with 145
•Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals per game with 9.1
•Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assists with 204
•Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assists per game with 12.8
•Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in fewest turnovers with 256
•Charleston Southern is 4th in the Big South in field-goal percentage defense with 39.2
•Charleston Southern is 4th in the Big South in scoring offense with 63.4

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