CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern returns to action when it travels to face in-state opponent Clemson on Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. with the game streamed live on ACC Network Extra.
CSU (2-3) is coming off back-to-back defeats at the FIU Thanksgiving Tournament this past weekend. The Bucs fell to Hartford, 62-43, on November 25 before falling to FIU, 77-70, on November 26. CSU's most recent win came on November 20 when the Bucs defeated Coppin State, 72-58.
Charleston Southern head coach Fred Applin knows his squad will be tested on the road against a quality Clemson team. Applin has his team focused on what they can control and not worrying about what is out of their hands.
"We are excited about playing Clemson," Applin said. "It gives us a chance to see where we are as a team. We need to take care of the basketball. We had too many turnovers and didn't execute well the last two games. We need to focus and finish on both ends of the court."
Junior guard Njeri Nelms leads CSU in scoring this season with 11.2 points per game. Ke'Asia Jackson is averaging 9.8 points per game, while Shauntavia Dobson (8.8 ppg) was named to the All-Tournament Team at the FIU Tournament.
Clemson (5-2) is fresh off a 67-66 win at Nebraska in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday night. The Tigers previously fell to Buffalo 61-41 at the San Juan Shootout in Daytona Beach, Fla. on November 24 and defeated Detroit Mercy 72-44 on November 23. Kobi Thornton leads Clemson in scoring this season with 8.7 points per game, while Danielle Edwards (8.5 ppg) and Jaia Alexander (7.5 ppg) also pace the Tigers.
Charleston Southern is 1-11 all-time against Clemson with the Tigers winning the last meeting 43-36 on November 13, 2015. CSU's only win over Clemson came on December 4, 2011 when the Bucs defeated the Tigers, 82-77.
Inside the Numbers
- Njeri Nelms ranks third in the Big South in field goal percentage (51.2%). Nelms is fifth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (45.0%).
- Rachel Burns is sixth in the conference in rebounds per game (7.4). Burns also leads CSU with 1.8 steals per game.
- Weknyne Dumorne ranks first in the Big South in blocked shots per game (2.8). No other player at CSU is averaging at least 1.0 block per game.
News and Notes
- CSU has struggled when away from the Buc Dome this season. The Bucs lost both contests on the road at the FIU Tournament after going 2-1 to open the season at home.
- Charleston Southern has been defeated in the last six meetings with ACC opponents. The Bucs lost to North Carolina (2016), Clemson (2015), Virginia (2015), North Carolina (2013), N.C. State (2012) and Wake Forest (2012). The last win for CSU over an ACC foe was when the Bucs defeated Clemson in 2011.
- Following the game with Clemson on Saturday, the Bucs will have off next week for exams. CSU returns to action on December 11 when it begins a five-day stretch with three home games.
CSU hosts South Carolina State on December 11 before hosting Columbia International in a rescheduled game on December 13. Charleston Southern closes the week at the Buc Dome with Southern Wesleyan on December 15.