JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Needing just 22 points to become the 16th player in program history with 1,000 in a career, Charleston Southern women's basketball senior guard Ke'Asia Jackson scored a team-high 22 points in an 82-76 overtime loss to North Florida Thursday night.
Jackson tallied 10 points in the opening half and added 12 over the second half and overtime to reach 1,000 points exactly. Her final tally came on a free throw to complete a crucial three-point play that gave the Bucs a 75-73lead in overtime.
Jackson's 22, as well as a career-best 15 from Kelsie Ruff-Mills and 10 from Weknyne Dumorne weren't enough for Charleston Southern (1-5) to overcome five players in double figures from North Florida (3-2) and 14 steals leading to 24 fast break points.
The Bucs and Ospreys traded the lead 11 times and there were seven ties across the fourth quarter and overtime period before the host North Florida hit free throws down the stretch.
Both squads had a chance to win at the wire with the Bucs tying it at 64-all on a Steede free throw with :08 on the clock. North Florida then had a chance to win needing just one point, but missed both free throws with :0.8 left on the other end.
How it Happened
- North Florida used a .727 shooting percentage across the opening quarter for a 22-13 lead and built a lead as much as 13 in the contest.
- CSU responded with 22 in the second – their best offensive quarter – to climb back within six. Jackson's seven in the first were her most in regulation while Ruff-Mills scored six early points.
- CSU ended the third trailing by seven after a near-even quarter before fighting back with an 18-point fourth.
- In the second half comeback, Ruff-Mills knocked down three huge treys, Dumorne added six points and five boards as well as a huge steal with just :24 left.
- Steede knocked down a free throw to tie the contest and it looked like CSU had a stop, but a foul with :0.8 second left.
- Jackson's three-point play gave CSU it's final lead of overtime at 75-73 and was the second such play after Burns completed one for a72-71 lead moments earlier.
Inside the Numbers
- The 22-point effort for Jackson was her second of the season, matching her output at South Carolina State on Nov. 16.
- Ruff-Mills had a career-best night scoring 15 points on three treys and dished out a personal-best six dimes.
- Dumorne made it four-straight games in double figures as she came within a rebound of a double-double. Her lone steal came at a huge time for the CSU defense, allowing Steede to tie the contest and force overtime.
- Both Burns and Jackson drew seven North Florida fouls each with Burns knocking down a team-high five shots at the charity stripe.
Inside the Numbers
- Jackson becomes the 16th player in CSU history with 1,000 career points after her second 20-point game of the season.
- Dumorne's 10 points extends her streak to four-straight in double figures.
- CSU knocked down three of their five three-point attempts in the fourth quarter, erasing the seven-point North Florida lead.
CSU stays on the road for one more before their exam break as they take on perennial NCAA-participant and SEC power Georgia Sunday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. from Stegeman Coliseum.