ROCK HILL, S.C. - Charleston Southern led from start to finish in the Buccaneers' regular season finale as CSU topped Winthrop on Saturday afternoon at the Winthrop Coliseum, 70-58.
Rachel Burns (18), Ke'Asia Jackson (17) and Alyssa Mann (16) combined for 51 points to pace the Bucs (17-12, 11-7) in completing the regular season sweep over host Winthrop (2-28, 1-17). Elyse Kiploks added eight points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Brianna Lakes added eight points and eight rebounds as the Bucs completed their third Big South sweep of the 2016-17 season.
Erica Williams led two Winthrop athletes with double-doubles on the afternoon as the Big South's leading scorer paced all players with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the contest. Uchechi Ufochukwu added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Mann put the Bucs up at the 9:18 mark with an early jumper to give CSU a lead that would last the duration of the contest. Burns capped an opening 11-2 run with a layup and added a layup at the end of the first quarter to give the Bucs the 17-10 lead.
Winthrop narrowed the gap to within two points at 17-15 following a Teylahna Green jump shot and a Noell Kellers' three-pointer. The eagles kept it within one possession throughout the period before Burns connected on a three-pointer at the 1:38 mark to take the 28-24 lead. Breannah Bretches followed with a layup and Mann connected on a three-pointer at the buzzer to give CSU the 33-26 lead at the halftime break.
Winthrop narrowed the CSU lead down to within two points at 48-46 following a Nuba Jackson jumper. CSU built a 41-33 advantage following Burns' jumper at the 3:19 mark, but Winthrop answered with a 13-7 run capped by a Jackson jumper at the 18 second mark to cut the gap to two points heading into the fourth quarter.
Jackson and Kiploks connected on back-to-back baskets to extend CSU's lead to 52-46 less than 90 seconds into the fourth quarter. The Bucs continued to add to their lead on their way to building a double-digit advantage following a Burns' three-point play. Lakes connected on a pair of free throws to put CSU ahead 65-54 with 2:47 remaining and Mann connected on a late three-pointer as the Bucs pulled away in the season finale.
- Charleston Southern equaled the second-most wins in program history with their 17th victory in the 2016-17 season. The Bucs have previously reached the mark in the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons. CSU is one win away from equaling the most overall wins in program history when CSU went 18-10 in the 1998-99 season.
- CSU's 11 Big South Conference wins were the most in program history dating back to the 2000 season. The 2016-17 season was the Bucs' first double-digit wins mark in conference play with CSU previously achieving nine wins on three separate occasions in the 2000-01, 2009-10, and 2011-12 seasons.
- Ke'Asia Jackson finished the regular season second overall in scoring behind Winthrop's Erica Williams. Jackson closed out the regular season with 15.4 points per game and reached double-digits in 25 of CSU's 30 games on the season. She added 20+ points in six games including a season-high 26 against High Point on February 21.
"I'm very excited about this road win. We needed this win right before the conference tournament. The players and coaching staff have been working really hard to put ourselves in this position and we played well together today. Now we must turn our efforts toward the Big South Conference Tournament." – Head Coach Fred Applin said of CSU's win on Saturday afternoon.
The Buccaneers take on tournament host and No. 4 seed Liberty on Friday afternoon in the 2017 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Championships Quarterfinal Round. Tipoff between the Bucs and the Flames on ESPN3 in the Vines Center is set for 2 p.m.