CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern women's basketball hits the road Friday night for the first time in 2018-19 taking on regional foe South Carolina State.
The Bucs opened their season 1-1 inside the Buc Dome as junior center Jasmine Blackmon enters the weekend fresh off back-to-back games in double figures and leads the team with 9.5 boards per contest.
CSU's depth has been on full display through two contests thus far with 10 athletes playing 10-plus minutes in the opener and nine athletes playing at least 10 minutes against Davidson. The Bucs have also seen scoring contributions from around the floor with two different leading scorers in Ke'Asia Jackson and Jasmine Blackmon.
Scouting the Bulldogs
- Despite the 0-3 record, South Carolina State is led by five players who average at least 7.0 points headlined by Taylor Brown's 11.0. The duo of Kemoni Jenkins and Jasmine Williams add 8.0 points and Jakayvea Akins has 7.3 points and Rhein Beamon averages 7.0.
- South Carolina State has seen 15 points from their leading scorer in back-to-back games while improving their shooting percentage each contest. In their loss Tuesday at Coastal Carolina, the Bulldogs pulled down 20 offensive boards and scored 21 points off 23 Chanticleer turnovers.
- Friday is the home opener for the Bulldogs after three-straight on the road against Big South favorite Radford and regional foes College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina.
- First-year head coach Audra Smith brings over a decade of head coaching experience to Orangeburg after a stint at UAB (2004-13; 138-138) and Clemson (2013-18; 52-99). During her time at UAB, the Blazers had nine 10-win seasons. In five of her final seven seasons at UAB the team had 17-plus wins including seasons of 19-13 (2006-07), 17-15 (2009-10), 20-15 (2010-11), 19-11 (2011-12) and 18-13 (2012-13).
A Win on Friday Would...
- Be the sixth in series history for CSU against South Carolina State.
- Give the Bucs a win in their road opener for the first time under Fred Applin and first since 2003-04 when the Bucs took down College of Charleston.
- Give the Bucs a 2-1 record through three games for the fifth-straight season.
- Be the 26th all-time win against current MEAC institutions in program history.