CHARLESTON, S.C. – Paced by four players in double figures, Tennessee Tech knocked off the home Charleston Southern women's basketball team Saturday 77-55 in the opening round of the Buccaneer Classic.
Jordan Brock led all scorers with 19 for Tennessee Tech (4-1) as Kentoria Alexander and Kesha Brady added 16 each and Lacy Cantrell finished with 12 to overpower a CSU (1-3) attack that was led by 14 from Weknyne Dumorne. Cantrell turned in a double-double for the Eagles with her 10 boards.
After five lead changes in the first half and a 36-29 Golden Eagles lead, Tennessee Tech used a 22-11 third quarter to create a margin the Bucs couldn't overcome.
Tennessee Tech finished the day 21-for-66 from the floor while pouring in 30 points at the charity stripe on their 39 attempts. CSU finished just 10-of-19 from the free throw line and shot .306 from the floor.
How it Happened
- CSU and Tennessee Tech ended the first quarter knotted at 18-all and the Bucs only trailed by seven at the break, but a strong third quarter made the difference.
- CSU's best quarter offensively came with the 18-point first and added a 15-point effort in the fourth, but 40 points in the second and third quarters to CSU's 22 made the difference.
- Tennessee Tech also attempted 20-more free throws than the Bucs taking 39 shots to CSU's 19.
- CSU held the Eagles to just .158 in the first quarter, but were unable to shut them down from beyond the arc the rest of the way as Brock's four treys were enough for a game-high 19 points.
What They're Saying - Fred Applin
Inside the Numbers
- The 30 makes and 39 attempts are the most by a CSU opponent this season
- Despite an even 30-30 points in the paint, a 14-10 CSU margin in points off turnover and 24-11 advantage in second chance points, the foul trouble was too much for CSU to overcome.
- The 14 Saturday was a season-high for Weknyne Dumorne as she added three offensive boards and an assist and steal.
- CSU gathered a season-best 50 rebounds Saturday and nine players saw 10-plus minutes for the fourth time to start the 2018-19 season.
- Shelby Wilbanks tied a career-best mark with two blocks while Kelsie Ruff-Mills added three assists for the third time in four contests.
CSU closes their two-game slate in the 2018 Buccaneer Classic with a showdown against Jacksonville from the Atlantic Sun. It is the first of back-to-back contests against the A-Sun as CSU makes a trip to North Florida Thursday. Sunday's contest will begin at 4 p.m. or 30 minutes after the first game concludes and will be streamed on ESPN+.