ATHENS, GA. – A valiant effort from the Charleston Southern women's basketball team came up just short Sunday as the Bucs fell 83-75 to SEC and National power Georgia. Freshman guard Ahlea Myers tallied a career-best 16 points while Ke'Asia Jackson added 14 and Rachel Burns finished with 12 in the loss.
Charleston Southern (1-6) shot the lights out in the opening 20 minutes post a .615 mark including a .555 mark from beyond the arc. Myers led that first half performance with 13 points off the bench –the most points scored by a Buccaneer in a single half this season.
Georgia (5-3) responded with a strong third quarter taking advantage of CSU miscues to erase what was a CSU 45-44 halftime lead and turn it to a 69-61 lead heading into the final frame.
The home, preseason No. 14 Bulldogs finished with five players in double figures led by a game-high 20 from Gabby Connally and 19 from Caliya Robinson. Connally entered the contest with a team-high 15.4 average going toe-to-toe with CSU leading scorer Jackson.
The Bucs led 45-44 at the break and were within striking distance the whole way having a lead as large as seven, but the Bulldogs bore down in the second with a 25-16 third quarter advantage and holding on in the fourth.
How It Happened
- Freshman point guard Ahlea Myers paced the Bucs in the first half with 13 points off the bench after starter Kelsie Ruff-Mills got into early foul trouble.
- Myers' 13 points were the most from a Buc in a single half so far this season as CSU shot a blazing .615 from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
- Georgia responded to CSU's halftime lead for a 25-16 third quarter run, erasing the deficit and taking an 8-point lead into the final quarter.
- The third was the lone quarter where either team had more than a two-point separation as the Bulldogs took the first 25-24, CSU took the second 21-19 and the fourth was tied 14-all.
Inside the Numbers
- The 16-point, five-rebound effort from Myers were a career-best as the freshman had seen limited action before Sunday.
- Sunday marked just the second time CSU led at the break after a hot start to the season against Converse.
- CSU also shot .491 as a team – their highest mark since a .571 percentage in the season opener versus Converse.
- Senior guard Ke'Asia Jackson, fresh off her 1,000th career point, came within one point of her season average as she shot 6-of-12 from the field, pulled down a second-best six rebounds and a team-high three steals.
- Sunday's 10 triples were a season-best surpassing the eight CSU knocked down against Converse.
- Junior forward Tierra Steeded made it back-to-back games with a block as she's registered the Bucs' lone two across that span.
News and Notes
- Sunday's contest at Georgia is the first of two against SEC opponents as the Bucs finish the nonconference slate at Florida – a squad Gardner-Webb from the Big South knocked off to begin the season.
- Weknyne Dumorne scored seven points and had a team-high four assists in the loss as Sunday marked the first time across the past five games she didn't reach the 10-point threshold.
- Ke'Asia Jackson's now has double figures in five of her six contests.
- Ahlea Myers came off the bench and immediately made an impact dishing out an assist, grabbing five boards and scoring 16 points in just 23 minutes.
Sunday marked the final contest before exam break as CSU gets nine days off before Erskine comes to the Buc Dome Dec. 11 for an Education Day matchup. Start time is slated for 11 a.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.