CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern returns from an eight day hiatus for exams when the Bucs host South Carolina State on Monday at the Buc Dome. Tipoff on "Education Day" is set for noon with the game streamed live on the Big South Network. Local elementary schools are invited to join the Bucs for a morning of fun with a meet-n-greet, followed by lunch with the Bucs, activities, freebies and more.
CSU (2-4) is coming off three straight defeats on the road after falling to Clemson, 66-30, on December 2. The Bucs fell at FIU, 77-70, on November 26 and dropped a 62-43 decision to Hartford on November 25 at the FIU Thanksgiving Tournament.
Charleston Southern head coach Fred Applin is eager for his team to return to the friendly confines of the Buc Dome on Monday.
"It's always good to come back home and play in the Buc Dome," Applin said. "We've had three games on the road and I think our players are used to playing here. This is our home and we play well when we're at home. Hopefully we have a lot of fans come in during the break."
Junior guard Njeri Nelms continues to lead CSU in scoring with 10.3 points per game. She is tied for first on the team in three-pointers made this season (11). Shelby Wilbanks has been a consistent contributor for CSU, averaging 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Rachel Burns leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game.
South Carolina State (2-4) is fresh off a 63-44 defeat at USC Upstate on Saturday. The Bulldogs previously defeated Columbia International, 82-38, on November 28 and fell to Georgia Southern, 61-58, on November 21. The only common opponent so far this season for South Carolina State and CSU is Clemson. The Bulldogs fell to the Tigers, 56-48, on December 13.
Bryeasha Blair leads SCSU in scoring with 10.8 points per game. Kyesha Lewis (9.3 ppg) and Kemoni Jenkins (8.7 ppg) also pace the Bulldogs in scoring. Jasmine Williams leads South Carolina State with 8.5 rebounds per game, while Chantel Williams leads the team with 3.2 assists per game.
Charleston Southern is 7-15 all-time against South Carolina State with the Buccaneers winning the last meeting, 67-62, on December 4, 2016.
Inside the Numbers
- Njeri Nelms ranks fourth in the Big South in three-point field goal percentage (44.0%). Nelms has connected on at least one three-pointer in all six games this season.
- Rachel Burns is third in the Big South in offensive rebounds per game (3.3). Burns also leads CSU with 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
- Weknyne Dumorne is averaging 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Dumorne ranks second in the Big South with 2.4 blocks per game.
News and Notes
- CSU faces its second MEAC opponent of the season when it hosts South Carolina State. The Bucs defeated Coppin State of the MEAC, 72-58, on November 20 at the Buc Dome.
- Charleston Southern has held a significant home court advantage over the past three seasons, posting a 23-12 mark since 2015. CSU is 2-1 at the Buc Dome so far this season. The Bucs went 12-5 at home in the 2016-17 season and 9-6 at the Buc Dome in the 2015-16 season.
- CSU has used five different starting lineups in its first six games this season.
- The Bucs host three games in five days as part of their busiest stretch of the 2017-18 season.
Charleston Southern hosts Columbia International in a rescheduled game on December 13 at 7 p.m. The Bucs close the week with Southern Wesleyan on December 15 as part of a double-header with CSU's men's basketball team. Tipoff between the Bucs and the Warriors is set for 5 p.m.