HIGH POINT, N.C. – Charleston Southern was unable to overcome a strong fourth quarter by High Point as the Buccaneers fell to the Panthers, 52-49, on Tuesday at the Millis Center.
CSU falls to 10-16, 5-10 following the defeat, while High Point improves to 16-10, 10-5 with the win. Lexii Cassell scored a career-high 14 points, while Weknyne Dumorne had a double-double with ten points and 11 rebounds.
Emma Bockrath made 1-of-2 free throws to give High Point a 51-49 lead with 14 seconds remaining. Following a CSU timeout, Burns couldn't connect on a layup and the Bucs were forced to foul with three seconds remaining. Kennedy Currie made 1-of-2 from the line to put High Point ahead 52-49. Njeri Nelms' last second three-point attempt was off the mark as CSU dropped its fourth straight Big South game.
High Point jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on Currie's layup with 6:23 to play in the first quarter. CSU responded with a 12-3 run to close the period as Cassell's layup with 19 seconds to go gave the Bucs a 12-10 advantage.
Two Shelby Wilbanks free throws ended a CSU scoring drought of over two minutes as the Bucs trailed 19-18 with 4:36 remaining in the second quarter. The teams continued to trade baskets until Edwards' layup put the Panthers ahead 28-24 with 49 seconds left. Shauntavia Dobson made 2-of-3 free throws with less than a second remaining to tie the game 28-28 at halftime.
Shea Morgan's layup gave High Point a 37-32 lead with 5:35 to play in the third period. Dumorne answered with a layup to spark an 11-0 CSU run over the next three minutes. A Dobson trifecta put the Bucs ahead 43-37 with 1:27 to go. The Panthers scored back-to-back baskets in the final minute to trim the margin to 43-41 at the end of the third stanza.
High Point picked up where it left off in the fourth quarter as the Panthers used a 6-0 run to open the period and seize a 47-43 lead. Dumorne's two free throws squared the score at 47-47 with 4:53 remaining. Camryn Brown's pair of free throws ended a scoring drought of nearly three minutes as High Point led 49-47. Nelms answered with a jumper to tie the game 49-49 with 1:35 to go. Despite only making 3-of-6 free throws in the closing minute, the Panthers grabbed two key offensive rebounds off misses to keep the ball and drain the clock on their way to securing the win.
Edwards led High Point with 15 points and ten rebounds, while Brown had nine points.
Inside the Numbers
- Lexii Cassell scored 12 of her career-high 14 points in the first half as she shot 7-of-11 from the field in the game.
- Despite being the top-ranked and third ranked three-point shooting teams in the Big South, High Point shot only 20.0% (2-of-10) from behind the arc, while CSU shot a season low 6.7% (1-of-15) from three-point range.
- High Point used an up-tempo offense to catch the Bucs off guard as the Panthers had 12 fast break points, while CSU failed to record any fast break points.
- Njeri Nelms had four of CSU's 11 team assists, which was the Bucs' most assists since recording 13 dimes against Campbell on February 6.
- Charleston Southern scored 15 points off the bench, while High Points' reserves totaled only six points.
News and Notes
- CSU dropped its fourth straight Big South contest.
- The Bucs fall to 3-10 away from the Buc Dome.
- Charleston Southern sits in eighth place in the Big South standings. The Bucs are one game back from Campbell in seventh place. 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.