CHARLESTON, S.C. – Senior guards Ke'Asia Jackson and Breannah Bretches combined for 25 points Wednesday, but early turnovers and hot shooting from College of Charleston were too much for the Charleston Southern women's basketball team to overcome in a 79-52 loss in the Lowcountry rivalry.
Jackson, who poured in a team-high 15, made it six of eight contests in double figures this season while Bretches reached double digits for the first time in her three games of action. Meanwhile, Shelby Wilbanks added eight points and a team-best nine rebounds for the Bucs (3-7) in the loss.
CofC used an early 16-0 run to jumpstart the offense as the home Cougars (4-5) shot .476 from the floor scoring 34 points off 25 CSU turnovers.
Darien Huff led all scorers as she paced CofC with 19 while Baileigh Larson added 11 and Deja Ford finished with 10.
How it Happened
- Shelby Wilbanks connected on her first basket of the game just seconds in and added a free throw, but a 16-0 spurt set the tone for CofC as they outscored the Bucs in every stanza.
- Wilbanks led the Bucs on the glass pulling down nine rebounds, five coming on the offensive end.
- Jackson added eight of her 15 in the second half as she knocked down a pair of triples.
- The Bucs pulled down 14 offensive boards, but the Cougars' hot shooting and CSU's turnovers were too much to overcome.
News and Notes
- Ke'Asia Jackson got back in the double figures column scoring a team-best 15 in the loss. She moves into 15th all-time with 1,035 career points.
- Fellow senior Rachel Burns sits 45 points from 1,000 in her career and is just nine steals from 200 as a Buccaneer.
- Wednesday was just the second loss for the Bucs in December after carrying the momentum of back-to-back wins into the night.
CSU gets a break for the Christmas holiday before closing the nonconference slate Dec. 30 at Florida, a team fellow Big South member Gardner-Webb knocked off to open the season. Tipoff from the O'Connell Center is slated for 2 p.m.