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WBB Preview: Buccaneers host Campbell in Tuesday night clash with the Fighting Camels

WBB Preview: Buccaneers host Campbell in Tuesday night clash with the Fighting Camels

Charleston Southern will host Campbell on Tuesday night as the Buccaneers take on the Fighting Camels.  Tipoff at the Buc Dome 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 - vs. Campbell

Scouting Campbell
After falling to Campbell on the road four weeks ago, the Buccaneers will have a second chance as they take on the league-leader on Tuesday night.  Campbell enters the matchup with an overall record of 16-5 and an 8-2 mark in Big South play to share the No. 1 conference-ranking with Radford.  In addition to their win over the Buccaneers, the Fighting Camels have topped UNC Asheville, Presbyterian, Winthrop, High Point, Gardner-Webb and most recently recorded their second win over Longwood, defeating the Lancers 74-50 at home on Saturday.  Campbell recorded its two conference losses against fellow BSC-leader Radford and No. 3-ranked Liberty.  Tuesday marks the Buccaneers' 36th meeting with the Fighting Camels and Campbell holds the 31-4 advantage in the series.

Campbell's offense is led by Summer Price.  The junior guard is ranked 6th in the Big South with 13.2 points per game and has scored 20+ points in four of Campbell's last six contests.  Defensively, the Fighting Camels are paced by Brianna Cribb's 6.5 rebounds per game.  Collectively as a team, Campbell leads the Big South with a scoring defense of 46.8 points per game.  Conversely, the Fighting Camels struggle from the free-throw line with the lowest free-throw percentage (58.6) in the league.

First-year Campbell Head Coach Ronny Fisher knows his defense, formally leading Presbyterian College women's basketball team to a No. 2 national ranking in scoring defense (53.5 PPG), surpassed only by national champions UConn during the 2013-14 season. Fisher is the fourth head coach of Campbell women's basketball in the school's history. Prior to accepting the position in 2016, he lead PC to three winning seasons in the last four years and was named Big South Conference Coach of the year for the 2012-13 slate, leading the Blue Hose to a 19-12 record and a 14-4 mark in the conference.

Last Time Against Campbell
Campbell 54, Charleston Southern 37 (January 7, 2017)
Charleston Southern was unable to get over a halftime hump in falling to the Fighting Camels, 54-37, at Gore Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Ke'Asia Jackson led the Buccaneers (6-7, 0-2) with 10 points, while Nayla Long connected a pair of three-pointers in shooting 100.0% from beyond the arc.  Elyse Kiploks battled through early foul trouble to pull down a team-high six rebounds in the Buccaneer loss.

Summer Price led the Fighting Camels with a game-high 15 points, including seven points from the free throw line. Hannah Long and MaKala Rouse also scored double-figures for Campbell with 10 points apiece in the contest.

Charleston Southern started the game strong but after a double-digit halftime deficit, Charleston Southern was unable to regain the lead with Campbell holding the point advantage for 35:02 of the 40-minute contest.  After a 10-0 scoring run, Campbell found their largest lead of the game, pulling ahead of the Buccaneers 37-17 six minutes into the third.

CSU's bench attempted a fourth-quarter comeback with another three-pointer from Long and Bretches' layup, the Fighting Camels held onto a double-digit lead for the duration of the game, with a nationally-ranked defense that was able to hold to CSU to 20 points in the second-half.  Campbell entered Saturday's matchup with the No. 1 scoring defense in the NCAA, holding their opponents to an average of just 46.5 points per game.  Jasmine Blackmon closed out CSU's scoring with a pair of layups in the final minute of the 54-37 Campbell victory.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
Charleston Southern 52, Presbyterian 34 (February 4, 2017)
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.

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.

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.  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.

Buccaneers' Standings in the Big South and the NCAA

  • Alyssa Mann leads the Big South with 4.3 assists per game and is ranked 120th in the NCAA
  • Alyssa Mann is 4th in the Big South in steals per game with 2.05 and 125th in the NCAA
  • Ke'Asia Jackson leads the Big South in free-throw percentage with 89.3 and is ranked 14th in the NCAA
  • Ke'Asia Jackson is 2nd in the Big South in points per game with 15.0
  • Ke'Asia Jackson is 2nd in the Big South in field-goal percentage with 43.4
  • Rachel Burns is 2nd in the Big South in steals per game with 2.2 and 86th in the NCAA
  • Elyse Kiploks is 3rd in the Big South in blocked shots with 26
  • Elyse Kiploks is 3rd in the Big South in blocked shots per game with 1.2

Team Standings in the Big South and the NCAA

  • Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnovers forced with 21.52 and is ranked 15th in the NCAA
  • Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnover margin with 5.57 and is ranked 20th in the NCAA with 5.62
  • Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals with 194
  • Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals per game with 9.24
  • Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in fewest turnovers with 334
  • Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assist turnover ratio with 0.79
  • Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in assists per game with 12.6
  • Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in won-lost percentage with 57.1

 

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