CHARLESTON, S.C. – The regular season is here for Charleston Southern women's basketball as they tipoff the 2018-19 campaign Tuesday evening against Converse. Here's a look at the guard and wing positions.
Lost: Shauntavia Dobson
Two Things to Watch
Two Milestones Expected
Charleston Southern will have two senior guards – Rachel Burns and Ke'Asia Jackson – reach the 1,000 point milestone this season, a feat the program hasn't seen since the 2010-11 season when Katie Tull and Kelsey Wasmer did so. Burns and Jackson have been staples throughout their time at CSU playing in nearly 5,000 combined minutes and averaging almost 20 points per contest.
"Both (Rachel and Ke'Asia) have been great role models and great leaders in helping bringing other kids along," said associate head coach Jill Poe.
New Faces Expected to Make Impact
With the graduation of Shauntavia Dobson, some new faces get the chance to make a splash for CSU including freshman wing player Sharita Godfrey, who brings size to the position and the ability to make shots. Redshirt-sophomore Anna Webster also looks to fill a bigger role this season after playing in 30 games with six starts a season ago. Senior guard Breannah Bretches returns to the floor after a 2016-17 season in which she shot .300 from beyond the arc in 32 games.
"We're excited about the different turns and pieces we can put together (at the wing position)," Poe said.
Kelsie Ruff-Mills also expects to play a much bigger role after watching most of last season learning from Burns, Jackson and Dobson. She's joined by freshman Ahlea Myers, who will look to learn from the leadership of Ruff-Mills and Bretches at the point guard position.
141 – The number of starts Rachel Burns and Ke'Asia Jackson have combined during their time at CSU. Both players have been a force since getting elevated roles their sophomore seasons combining for nearly 20.0 points per contest over the past three seasons.
7 – Number of players who are expected to make contributions at the point guard and wing positions in 2018-19. Seniors Shelby Wilbanks, Weknyne Dumorne and Lexii Cassell have also shown the ability to knock down mid-range and long jumpers since arriving on campus.