Charleston Southern will host Presbyterian on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers battle with the Blue Hose in their first conference rematch of the season. 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. Presbyterian
After falling to Presbyterian on the road two weeks ago in a last-minute Blue Hose comeback, the Buccaneers will have a second chance in their first conference rematch as they take on the No. 6-ranked Big South team on Saturday. Presbyterian enters the matchup with an overall record of 7-13 and a 5-4 mark in Big South play. In addition to their win over the Buccaneers, the Blue Hose have topped Longwood, Gardner-Webb, Winthrop and most recently trumped No. 1-ranked Radford, 58-54, on Tuesday at home. Presbyterian recorded its four conference losses against Campbell (No. 2), Liberty (No. 3), High Point (No. 4) and UNC Asheville (No. 5). Saturday marks the Buccaneers' 24th meeting with the Blue Hose, with Presbyterian holding the 12-11 advantage in the series.
Presbyterian's offense is led by Cortney Storey. In addition to being the Blue Hose' top-scorer, the 5-6 junior guard is ranked 7th in the Big South with an average of 12.3 points per game. The Fayetteville, Tennessee-native is also ranked 2nd in the conference with 4.2 assists per game and 4th with an assist/turnover ratio of 1.2. Storey is also one of the Big South's top free-throw shooters with an 80.6 free-throw percentage. Collectively, Presbyterian has proven to be a threat from the stripe and beyond the arc, leading the conference with a 75.8 team free-throw percentage average and 7.6 three-point field goals per game. The Blue Hose' weakness is found in their defense, averaging just 29 boards per game. Salina Virola (3.8), Janie Miles (3.7) and Cortney Storey (3.6) pace Presbyterian with just under four rebounds per game apiece.
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 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.
Recapping CSU's Last Game
UNC Asheville 56, Charleston Southern 47 (January 31, 2017)
Charleston Southern was unable to maintain its strong start as the Buccaneers fell to UNC Asheville 56-47 on Tuesday night in Kimmel Arena.
UNC Asheville (11-9, 5-4) held a strong 47-29 rebound advantage over the Buccaneers and doubled CSU's second chance points with a total of 18 in the contest.
Big South top-scorer Ke'Asia Jackson led the Buccaneers (11-9, 5-4) with 13 points. Rachel Burns also scored double-digits, recording 11 points along with a team-high six rebounds and a game-high five steals in the CSU road loss.
The Bulldogs opened the game with a basket from KJ Weaver, but would not have the lead for long. CSU responded with a 9-0 scoring run as Burns and Jackson got the hot hand and Alyssa Mann sealed a strong first five minutes for the Bucs with a three-pointer for the 9-2 lead. UNC Asheville closed out the quarter at the stripe with Weaver splitting a pair of free throws to trail CSU 15-9.
Weaver opened the second quarter with layup as the Bulldogs attempted to swing the momentum. CSU answered with a jumper from Mann and two free throws from Breannah Bretches to hold onto the lead and keep it a two-possession game. Things went south for the Bucs after they failed to convert on their next two possessions and UNC Asheville put up seven unanswered points, pulling ahead of CSU 22-21 at the 4:15 mark with a jumper from Jessica Wall. Burns would return the lead to CSU with two trips to the free-throw line, but Weaver swung the advantage back to the Bulldogs with a pair of baskets in the final minutes of the quarter for the 26-23 UNC Asheville lead at the half.
Weaver recorded a game-high 18 points and was just shy of a double-double with a shared team-high nine rebounds. Chantori Major also paced the Bulldogs with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Weaver opened the second half with a layup and made it a two-possession game as the Bulldogs led 26-23. Brianna Lakes cut the lead down to three with a trip to the free-throw line, but UNC Asheville capitalized on several offensive rebounds for the second-chance basket as Major returned the lead to six (31-25) with a basket from beyond the arc. CSU put the game within three points two separate times in the fourth quarter with several baskets from Bretches and Jackson, but were unable to swing the lead back in their favor and recorded their third conference road-loss in the 56-47 defeat in Kimmel Arena.
Buccaneers' Standings in the Big South and the NCAA
- Alyssa Mann leads the Big South with 4.5 assists per game and is ranked 121st in the NCAA
- Alyssa Mann is 4th in the Big South in steals per game with 2.0 and 143rd in the NCAA
- Alyssa Mann is 9th in the Big South in points per game with 11.7
- Ke'Asia Jackson leads the Big South in free-throw percentage with 88.7 and is ranked 16th in the NCAA
- Ke'Asia Jackson is 2nd in the Big South in points per game with 15.2
- 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 24
- Elyse Kiploks is 3rd in the Big South in blocked shots per game with 1.2
- Rachel Burns is 3rd in the Big South in steals per game with 2.2 and 88th in the NCAA
Team Standings in the Big South and the NCAA
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnovers forced with 21.40 and is ranked 14th in the NCAA
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnover margin with 5.45 and is ranked 22nd in the NCAA with 5.50
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals with 183
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals per game with 9.2
- Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assists per game with 12.7
- Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assist turnover ratio with 0.80
- Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in fewest turnovers with 318
- Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in won-lost percentage with 55.0