Women's Basketball

Women’s Basketball Preview: Centers

Women’s Basketball Preview: Centers

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The season tips off for Charleston Southern women's basketball in one week when Converse comes to town November 6. Here's a look at the center position.

Position Breakdown

Projected Starter: Lexii Cassell or Jasmine Blackmon or Tierra Steede

Key Returners: Lexii Cassell, Jasmine Blackmon, Tierra Steede

Two Things to Watch

Depth At A New High

Charleston Southern will have three viable options down low at the center position and look to take full advantage of it in 2018-19. The trio of Lexii Cassell, Jasmine Blackmon and Tierra Steede can each play the five while Blackmon and Steede have also seen time at the four in their careers.

"We've not only added height, but also athleticism to the positon. We have three kids who can get up and down the floor and who can score," said associate head coach Jill Poe.

Adding Length, Range to Inside Game

Throughout the post between both the forwards and centers, CSU has added a shot-making ability both near the hoop and away from the basket. Along with that, Steede, Blackmon and Cassell have the capability to run the floor when needed allowing guards and fellow post players to make plays in open space.

"We can go big-on-big, which we've never been able to do before. We can go 6'3, 6'3 against anybody and not miss any athleticism," Poe said.

Player Spotlight – Lexii Cassell, Jasmine Blackmon and Tierra Steede

Key Numbers

104 – The number of games the trio of Lexii Cassell, Jasmine Blackmon and Tierra Steede have combined during their time at CSU. The centers are a veteran group who look to add length to both the transition game and low-post.

23.7 – Lexii Cassell saw nearly 24 minutes per game last season as the primary center while both Steede and Blackmon look to add quality minutes and immediate depth to both sides of the ball.

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