CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern continues Big South play on Tuesday as the Buccaneers travel to play at High Point. Tipoff between the Bucs and the Panthers is set for 7 p.m. on the Big South Network.
CSU (10-15, 5-9) is coming off a 75-59 defeat to Gardner-Webb on Saturday. The Runnin' Bulldogs used a well-balanced attack with four players in double-figures as GWU closed the game shooting 12-of-16 from the free throw line to put the Bucs away. Ke'Asia Jackson led CSU with a season-high 22 points, while Weknyne Dumorne recorded a double-double with 12 points and ten rebounds.
Charleston Southern head coach Fred Applin knows that getting off to a fast start against High Point is extremely important. CSU looks to snap a three-game skid with only four games remaining in the regular season.
"We just have to continue to play hard," Applin said. "I think the first quarter is the key for us. If we can get through that first quarter and not spot teams by ten or 15 points, I think we can stay in the game and be successful."
High Point is coming off a 62-55 defeat at Presbyterian on Saturday. The Panthers led 55-53 with 6:57 to go until the Blue Hose went on a 9-0 run to close the game and secure the win. Emma Bockrath led HPU with 17 points, while Shea Morgan added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Bockrath, who is the reigning Big South Preseason Player of the Year, leads High Point in scoring with 13.9 points per game, while Kat Harris is averaging 11.9 points per contest. Bockrath paces the Panthers' rebounding efforts with 6.9 boards per contest, while Kennedy Currie averages 6.2 rebounds per game. Camryn Brown leads the team with 3.6 assists per outing.
Charleston Southern is 14-26 in the all-time series against High Point. The Panthers defeated the Bucs 75-74 earlier this season on January 27 as CSU's last second shot attempt was blocked.
Inside the Numbers
- Six Bucs are averaging 8.0 or more points per game. Njeri Nelms leads CSU with 10.1 points per game, while Rachel Burns (9.3), Shelby Wilbanks (9.3), Weknyne Dumorne (9.3), Ke'Asia Jackson (8.9) and Shauntavia Dobson (8.1) round out the top six in scoring.
- Tuesday's game could be a high-scoring affair as it features the league's top-ranked scoring offense in High Point, averaging 67.4 points per game, against CSU's second ranked scoring offense with 64.0 points per game.
- Both teams know how to get the job done from behind the three-point arc. High Point leads the Big South with a 34.5% three-point field goal percentage, while CSU is third, averaging 32.0% from three-point range.
- Weknyne Dumorne leads the Big South in blocked shots per game (2.1). In conference action, Dumorne is second in the Big South with a 60.9% field goal percentage.
- Junior guard Rachel Burns ranks 10th all-time at CSU with 159 career steals. She is tied for second in the Big South this season in steals per game (2.1).
News and Notes
- CSU and High Point have split the season series the past two seasons with the road team winning each contest. The last five meetings have all been decided by six points or less.
- Following Saturday's 22-point outburst against Gardner-Webb, Ke'Asia Jackson now has eight career games with 20 points or more.
- Charleston Southern sits in eighth place in the Big South standings. The Bucs are one game back from a tie for sixth place with Campbell and Presbyterian. The top six seeds earn a first round bye in the Big South Women's Basketball Championship on March 8-11 at Liberty in Lynchburg, Va.
CSU returns to action when it hosts Liberty on Saturday at 3 p.m.