CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will open its last homestand of the season on Tuesday night as they host High Point. Tipoff between the Buccaneers and the Panthers 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.
Scouting High Point
High Point is coming off a loss at home, falling to the Fighting Camels of Campbell University 69-53 on Saturday night. The defeat ended a six-game winning streak for the Panthers for a 9-5 conference record and a shared No. 3 ranking in the Big South.
The Panthers are led by sophomore Emma Bockrath. The two-time February Big South Player of the Week is averaging 13.6 points per game and leads High Point with 6.0 rebounds per game, 28 steals and 77 assists on the season. Bockrath has scored at least 20 points in four straight games prior to Saturday's contest with Campbell and has recorded double figures in 14 of her last 16 outings. Kaylah Keys is another Panther player to watch. The senior guard leads High Point from beyond the arc with a team-high 49 three-pointers. Keys is averaging 12 points per game and needs just 29 rebounds and one more steal to become the first Panther in the team's Division I era to record 400 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals.
High Point has proven to be a threat from downtown, leading the league with a 35.6 three-point field goal percentage. The Panthers also lead the Big South in assist/turnover ratio with 0.91 and a scoring offense that averages 68.3 points per game.
Head Coach DeUnna Hendrix enters her fifth season with High Point University women's basketball program, earning a 71-55 overall record with a 51-27 mark in the league. In 2014, Hendrix led the Panthers to a Big South Conference regular-season championship and was named Big South Coach of the Year. Prior to becoming the ninth head coach of HPU women's basketball in May 2012, she spent a year with the team as an assistant coach and helped lead the Panthers to a 20-13 record and their second Women's NIT appearance.
Last Time Against High Point
Charleston Southern 74, High Point 68 (January 11, 2017)
Alyssa Mann recorded her 1,000th career point as Charleston Southern topped High Point 74-68 in the Millis Center on Tuesday night.
Mann led the Buccaneers (7-7, 1-2) with a game-high 23 points and became the CSU women's basketball team's 15th member to join the 1,000 point club, reaching the mark from the free-throw line midway through the second quarter. She finished the game 6-of-11 from the field, 3-of-6 from the three-point line, and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in the win.
Ke'Asia Jackson was also in double-digits for the Bucs with 17 points in CSU's first league win of the season. The Panthers (3-11, 1-2) were paced by the double-digit performances of Emma Bockrath (13), Kat Harris (13) and Kaylah Keys (11).
Charleston Southern started the game strong as Mann got the Bucs on the board first while an aggressive CSU defense forced two steals and two offensive fouls in the opening minutes. Mann connected on a pair of three-pointers and a jumper for eight points over the first 10 minutes to help the Buccaneers lead High Point 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.
CSU held onto the lead for the duration of the first half and Mann scored her 1,000th career-point at the free-throw line with 2:31 left in the second quarter.
High Point took their first lead of the night to go ahead 37-36 during the opening minute of the second half with a three from Keys. CSU answered back with hot hands from Jackson who scored 11 of her 17 total points in a third quarter made up of six lead changes and ties to hold the 61-59 lead heading into the final period.
The Panthers took a brief lead midway through the fourth following a Bockrath layup to give High Point the 66-64 advantage with 5:01 remaining. Mann answered with a layup and Brianna Lakes connected on a pair of free throws to swing the lead back to CSU.
Breannah Bretches, Elyse Kiploks and Lakes helped the Buccaneers close out the 74-68 victory with trips to the foul line. Lakes finished the game just shy of a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Bretches recorded two steals in the final 30 seconds of the contest.
Recapping CSU's Last Game
Liberty 67, Charleston Southern 56 (February 17, 2017)
Charleston Southern was unable to overcome a long-held Liberty lead in falling to the Flames on Friday night in the Vines Center, 67-56. The Buccaneers (14-11, 8-6) were paced by Rachel Burns' 19 points and game-high trio of three-pointers and four steals.
It was a foul-heavy game and both teams recorded 23 fouls apiece and scored 18 of their points from the stripe. The Buccaneers competed closely with Liberty (10-15, 9-5) in most offensive categories, but were outrebounded 48-26 by the Flames and the Flames' held the lead for nearly 38 of the 40 minutes. CSU could not get its shots to fall in the first quarter, shooting just 10 percent from the floor in the first 10 minutes. Seven fouls from Liberty kept the Bucs in the game and CSU closed out the quarter with 10 of its 12 points from the free throw line as the Flames held the 13-12 lead going into the second quarter.
The Buccaneers had a much stronger performance from the floor and shot 50 percent (7-14) in the quarter before the half. Alyssa Mann got things going for the Bucs with a corner jumper to give CSU its first and only lead of the contest. The Bucs' advantage was short-lived as Keyen Green and Audrey Rettstatt responded with back-to-back layups to return the lead to Liberty. Rettstatt finished the game with a career-high 19 points in the Flames' eighth consecutive home win. The senior guard also recorded a career-high eight free throws, shooting 89 percent from the stripe and career-high 10 boards for the double-double.
After trailing Liberty 35-28 at the half, the Buccaneers had their strongest offensive performance in the third quarter, outscoring the Flames 15-12 with two separate scoring runs. For the second consecutive quarter, CSU shot 50 percent from the floor (4-8) with three of those shots coming from beyond the arc as Mann contributed a three for her 10th point of the night and Burns added two more threes for a 5-0 Buccaneer run. Ke'Asia Jackson tied the game up at 43-43 with a jumper at the top of the key and finished the night with 16 points.
Liberty closed out the quarter with a layup from NeNe Johnson and a pair of free-throws from Ola Makurat to swing the lead back to the Flames with a score of 47-43 with 10 minutes to play. Tierra Steede opened the fourth quarter with a drive to the basket for the layup to narrow the score to within two. The Buccaneers attempted a comeback effort, but an aggressive Liberty offense drove the ball into the paint for most of the quarter and took eight trips to the free-throw line in the final five and a half minutes of the game.
Burns scored CSU's last two baskets with back-to-back three pointers and cut Liberty's lead down to five with less than a minute remaining, but Rettstatt and Johnson added six points from the free throw line to keep the Flames' winning streak at home alive.
Buccaneers' Standings in the Big South and the NCAA
- Alyssa Mann is ranked 2nd in the Big South with 4.3 assists per game and is ranked 123rd in the NCAA
- Alyssa Mann is 5th in the Big South with 2.0 steals per game and 119th in the NCAA
- Ke'Asia Jackson leads the Big South in free-throw percentage with 85.1 and is ranked 34th in the NCAA
- Ke'Asia Jackson is 3rd in the Big South in points per game with 15.0
- Ke'Asia Jackson is 3rd in the Big South in field-goal percentage with 43.3
- Rachel Burns is tied for 2nd in the Big South with 2.2 steals per game and 81st in the NCAA
- Elyse Kiploks is 3rd in the Big South in blocked shots with 28
- Elyse Kiploks is 3rd in the Big South in blocked shots per game with 1.1
Team Standings in the Big South and the NCAA
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnovers forced with 21.20 and is ranked 14th in the NCAA
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnover margin with 5.80 and is ranked 20th in the NCAA
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals with 225
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals per game with 9.0
- Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assist turnover ratio with 0.80
- Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in fewest turnovers with 385
- Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in assists per game with 12.3
- Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in won-lost percentage with 56.0