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WBB Preview: Bucs travel to Gardner-Webb to open final week of regular-season play

WBB Preview: Bucs travel to Gardner-Webb to open final week of regular-season play

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will travel to Gardner-Webb to open its last week of the 2016-17 regular season on Monday night.  Tipoff between the Bucs and the Runnin' Bulldogs 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 Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb enters Monday's clash with an overall record of 11-16 and an 6-10 mark in the Big South.  The Runnin' Bulldogs are coming off of back-to-back losses, falling to conference leaders Campbell and Radford last week.  Gardner-Webb has been topped in five of its last seven games, but holds a 11-6 advantage in its series with the Buccaneers.

The Runnin' Bulldogs are led by redshirt-junior Tierra Huntsman.  Ranked third in the conference, Huntsman is averaging 15.1 points per game.  The Connersville, Indiana native is Gardner-Webb's only player averaging double digits and has proven to be a threat beyond the arc with 50 three-pointers on the season.

Sophomore duo Charlisa Jenkins and and Evelyn Adebayo pace Gardner-Webb's defense with just over five rebounds per game.  Jenkins has also stepped up offensively with double-digits in four of The Runnin' Bulldogs last six games and a team-high 48.3 percent from the floor this year.

Gardner-Webb Head Coach Rick Reeves is a four-time Big South Coach of the Year (1992-93, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2009-10) and is entering his 13th season with the Women's Basketball program. Prior to coaching the Runnin' Bulldogs, Reeves spent five seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Southern Mississippi and was named State Coach of the Year during his nine-year tenure from 1990-99 with the Liberty Lady Flames' program in Lynchburg, Virginia. Reeves is the all-time career wins leader of Gardner-Webb's Women's Basketball program, entering the 2016-17 season with 151 career victories.

Last Time Against Gardner-Webb
Charleston Southern 64, Gardner-Webb 57
Charleston Southern mounted a second half comeback to top Gardner-Webb 64-57 in the Buc Dome on Tuesday night.

The Buccaneers (10-8, 4-3) were paced by Big South leading scorer Ke'Asia Jackson's 22 points.  Elyse Kiploks scored a career-high 15 points and recorded seven rebounds, while Alyssa Mann contributed 11 points and tied Jackson with a game-high of five assists in the Buccaneer win.

Gardner-Webb (8-10, 3-4) led for most of the first half and had a strong first quarter, shooting 63 percent (5-8) from beyond the arc for a 22-12 lead after ten minutes.  The Runnin' Bulldogs offense was fueled by the double-digit performances of Alexus Hill (17) and Tierra Huntsman (15) with each player connecting on a trio of three-pointers in the Gardner-Webb defeat.

Jackson recorded the Bucs' first six points of the second quarter in helping CSU outscore the Runnin' Bulldogs 16-10 in the second quarter and cut GWU's lead down to 32-28 at halftime.

The Bucs came out the halftime break clicking on all cylinders as Mann opened the second half with a corner jumper. CSU maintained control with a steal from Kiploks that the Bucs converted into another basket to tie the game at 32-32 less than a minute into the third quarter.  Gardner-Webb continued to struggle with ball control as Rachel Burns recorded a steal that Kiploks finished with a layup for the Buccaneers' first lead since the first quarter.  Kiploks went on to score a team-high 14 points in the period as CSU shot for 79 percent (11-14) to end the third quarter with a 55-46 lead over Gardner-Webb.

Both teams had a low-scoring fourth quarter, but the Buccaneers never relinquished the lead.  Burns and Bretches both drove in for layups for the Bucs, while Huntsman and Hill were the only Gardner-Webb players to score over the final ten minutes.  A tough CSU defense forced eight GWU turnovers over a six-minute span and Mann closed out the Buccaneers' comeback with two trips to the free throw line in the final 15 seconds of the 64-57 victory at home.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
Charleston Southern 71, Longwood 63
Charleston Southern sealed its ninth conference win on Saturday's Senior Day, defeating Longwood 71-63. 

Ke'Asia Jackson led the Buccaneers (15-12, 9-7) with 17 points and tied a career-high five assists and two three-pointers.  Senior Elyse Kiploks was just shy of a double-double, contributing nine points in the win and a game-high 13 rebounds. 

Longwood (4-23, 1-15) put pressure on the Bucs early with back-to-back three-pointers from Kate Spradlin in the first two minutes of the game.  Ashlee Jones closed out the quarter with another basket from beyond the arc to put Longwood up 17-14 after 10 minutes of play.  Jones paced the Lancers with a game-high 19 points and career-best for the sophomore.

Jackson tied up the game twice before the half and opened the second quarter with a three-pointer for the Bucs.  Breannah Bretches added two jumpers, while Kiploks and Nayla Long contributed two points apiece to give CSU the 29-28 lead at halftime.  Long scored nine points on the night and the senior matched a career-high nine rebounds.

Alyssa Mann opened the second half with a jumper for the seniors' 10th point and the 31-28 Buccaneer lead.  After a three-pointer from Micaela Ellis tied the game at 31-all, Kiploks returned the lead to CSU with a basket from beyond the arc.  Long helped the Bucs hold the lead with a trio of jumpers before the end of the quarter for a score of 43-38 heading into the final ten minutes of the contest.

Jones put the Lancers within one with a basket at the 7:56 mark, but Jackson answered back with her second three of the game for the 48-44 lead.  Rachel Burns added another three-pointer with just over six minutes to play, but Khaila Hall and Ciarah Bennett posted back-to-back baskets for Longwood to tie the game up with 5:01 on the clock.

The Bucs' offense came up big in the final minutes with a 10-0 scoring run over the Lancers for the 61-51 lead with 2:03 to play.  Jones knocked the deficit down to single-digits with a three-pointer, but a pair of Jackson free throws and bucket from Burns put the Bucs back up, 65-54, with 1:30 remaining.

Senior Brianna Lakes helped seal CSU's victory, adding two points with a trip to the stripe.  The Bucs finished the game at the free throw line with a pair of baskets from Bretches and Burns for the 71-63 win over Longwood.

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