CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern led from start to finish as the Buccaneers rolled past Presbyterian, 52-34, in their first conference rematch in the Buc Dome on Saturday.
The Buccaneers (12-9, 6-4) built a big lead early and maintained a double-digit advantage at the end of all four quarters. Ke'Asia Jackson and Alyssa Mann paced CSU with game highs of 11 points and five assists apiece. Jackson recorded a career-high eight rebounds behind Elyse Kiploks' game-high 10 boards and earned her 11th perfect performance from the free throw line, with the Big South leader connecting on all four attempts from the line.
"Jackson and Mann played a great game today and Kiploks rebounded well for us," said CSU head coach Fred Applin. "Overall, it was a great team effort and I am so proud of everyone."
CSU opened the contest with a three-pointer from Brianna Lakes at the shot clock buzzer. Presbyterian (7-14, 5-5) got on the board with a free throw from Allie Wagner that was followed by a near four-minute scoring drought on both ends, until Nayla Long recorded a Buccaneer basket just under the five-minute mark to give CSU the 5-1 lead. The Blue Hose answered with a three-pointer from Riley Hemm to put the score at 5-4 for what would be Presbyterian's closest shot at a lead for the duration of the game. The Buccaneers got the hot hand in the final 2:30 of the quarter as Jackson posted back-to-back baskets that Mann and Kiploks would match for a 9-0 CSU run. Lakes closed out the first quarter and set a new career-high with another three-pointer to give the Bucs the 17-7 lead.
"Lakes hit two big-time three-pointers when we needed it," Applin added.
The Buccaneers went on another 9-0 scoring run in the second quarter as Presbyterian struggled with ball control. The Blue Hose recorded six turnovers over a seven-minute span that would eventually amount to 24 total turnovers in the contest. After four minutes without a basket, PC's Hemm recorded a three-pointer at the 2:36 mark. CSU wrapped up the second quarter with a behind-the-back crossover from Breannah Bretches for the layup to lead Presbyterian 30-15 at the half.
Mann got the Bucs on the board first in the second half with her second bucket from beyond the arc and went on to record one more in the quarter, sharing a game-high of three three-pointers with Presbyterian's Taylor Petty. Petty led the Blue Hose with a team-high nine points and eight rebounds. CSU earned its biggest lead of the game after going on a 14-2 run in the final three minutes of the quarter to pull ahead of the Blue Hose by 27 points (47-20) with 10 minutes remaining in the contest.
The Buccaneers struggled to get their shots to fall in the fourth quarter as Presbyterian recorded an 11-3 run over CSU, including a trio of three-pointers from Rebecca Walker and Petty. The Blue Hose scored three more points in the final minute of the game, but the comeback effort was too little too late as the Buccaneers bounced back from their conference road loss to defeat Presbyterian 52-34 at home.
Charleston Southern now turns its attention to next week as the Buccaneers host Campbell Tuesday night. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is set for 7:00 p.m. on the Big South Network.