CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern returns to the hardwood when it hosts Winthrop on Tuesday at the Buc Dome. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Big South Network.
CSU (6-9, 1-3) is looking to bounce back from a close defeat in overtime, 61-56, to Radford on Saturday. The Bucs overcame a slow start to outscore the Highlanders 20-12 in the fourth quarter and force the extra session.
Winthrop (1-14, 0-4) has struggled to open the 2017-18 season as the Eagles have lost 12 straight games and are still seeking their first win in Big South play. Winthrop is coming off a 79-58 loss to High Point on Saturday.
The Buccaneers have relied on their upperclassmen so far this season to get the job done. CSU's lone senior Shauntavia Dobson scored a season-high 20 points and added two steals against Radford, while five juniors are all averaging 8.0 points or more per game. Njeri Nelms leads CSU with 10.1 points per game, while Rachel Burns (8.9), Shelby Wilbanks (8.7), Weknyne Dumorne (8.2) and Ke'Asia Jackson (8.1) round out the top five in scoring.
CSU has seen a wealth of success against Winthrop over the past two seasons. The Bucs have won four straight contests, including a 70-58 win over the Eagles in the most recent meeting on March 4, 2017.
The Eagles are led in scoring by Courtney Hagaman with 8.6 points per game, while Emily Kelley (8.1 ppg) is coming off a 15-point performance against High Point where she shot a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range. Ronata Rogers guides the way with 7.3 rebounds per game, while Airneisha Gamble paces the team with 2.8 assists per contest.
Inside the Numbers
- Tuesday's game features CSU's third ranked Big South scoring defense, allowing 58.7 points per game against Winthrop's last place scoring offense (49.8 ppg).
- The Bucs continue to rise to the top of the NCAA in three-point field goal defense as CSU is ninth in the nation at 25.8%.
- Tuesday's contest could turn into a battle of ball security as CSU is fourth in the Big South in steals (7.7) per game, while Winthrop has the worst turnover margin (-6.4) in the league.
- The Bucs have a pair of long-range sharp shooters as Njeri Nelms (39.3%) ranks sixth in the Big South in three-point percentage, while Shauntavia Dobson (38.9%) is seventh in the league.
- CSU's Weknyne Dumorne has been the most consistent shooter so far in Big South play as she leads the league with a 69.6% field goal percentage.
News and Notes
- Charleston Southern has dropped three straight Big South contests.
- CSU's overtime defeat to Radford was the second straight time in the regular season the teams have needed an extra session to decide the outcome.
- The Bucs have now had four players score 20 or more points in a game this season. Rachel Burns, Shauntavia Dobson, Njeri Nelms and Shelby Wilbanks have all reached the single-game scoring mark.
- CSU is 5-3 at the Buc Dome this season.
Charleston Southern returns to action when it travels to play at Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 3 p.m.