CHARLESTON, S.C. – Playing in front of a sold out Buc Dome after a nine-day layoff for exams, the Charleston Southern women's basketball team overcame a gritty Erskine group to pull away in the second half for a 74-50 win on Education Day.
Led by a game-high 14-point, nine-rebound effort from senior guard Rachel Burns, Charleston Southern (2-6) shot .473 from the floor – their third-straight performance shooting .400 or better.
Burns also added a team-best four assists while turning in three steals in a game-high 29 minutes. With her performance Tuesday, Burns moves into a tie for eighth on the all-time steals list with 183 and sits less than 60 points from 1,000 as a Buccaneer.
Meanwhile, four other Bucs came close to the double-digit mark Tuesday led by nine from the tandem of Jasmine Blackmon and Anna Webster and the duo of Kelsie Ruff-Mills and Tierra Steede each finished with eight.
Erskine (2-8) was led offensively by Zyria Gay's 12 points and Megan Davis added seven. Coming into the matchup, the trio of Davis, Alexis Scott and Myranda Parham averaged nearly 40.0 points, but the CSU defense held them in check to just 16 points combined.
How It Happened
- After a slow start offensively, the Bucs found the bottom of the net for 19 first-quarter points and 20 in the second. CSU shot over .530 in the opening half despite a handful of turnovers.
- The Bucs took advantage of Erskine's foul trouble converting on 16 of their 18 free throw attempts, setting a new season-high with a .889 percentage at the charity stripe.
- CSU went to the line nine times in the second period converting eight of their tries to put some cushion between themselves and the Flying Fleet at the break.
- CSU's defense got to work after the break holding Erskine to a game-low nine points in the third period on their way to outscoring them in the paint 32-20, off turnovers 25-19 and 35-20 in bench points.
Inside the Numbers
- Tuesday was the fourth time the Bucs shot above .400 from the floor and extended their season-best streak to three-straight games doing so.
- Burns' performance moves her closer to the 1,000-point, 500-rebound and 200-steal club as she's poised to become just the third player in program history to reach all three milestones.
- Senior guard Breannah Bretches made her season debut for the Bucs scoring five points while dishing out three assists and stealing a pass in 20 minutes off the bench.
- The Bucs have been sharing the ball more as of late going from 10 assists in their loss to Tennessee Tech and improving each game to 16 Tuesday in a win.
- Tuesday also marked the third-straight contest CSU has scored at least 74 points and made at least 25 baskets.
The Bucs welcome Columbia College to the Buc Dome Saturday for their final home nonconference matchup before a crosstown rivalry with College of Charleston eight days from now. Tipoff Saturday is slated for 3 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.