Women's Basketball

WBB Game Preview: Radford

WBB Game Preview: Radford

Tuesday, January 15
CSU vs. Radford
Buc Dome – Charleston, S.C.
7 p.m. | Live Stats | ESPN+
CSU Notes (PDF)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Fresh off a road win and Shelby Wilbanks' 30-point effort, CSU welcomes preseason favorite Radford to the Buc Dome Tuesday night.

Wilbanks became the first player since Nov. 2012 with 30-plus points in a game for CSU after matching her previous career-high in just the first half Saturday.

Meanwhile, Radford's Sydney Nunley was named the Big South Player of the Week for the second time in-a-row and has recorded a double-double in six straight games.

For Openers

  • Fresh off a win over Longwood, CSU returns to the Buc Dome where they've enjoyed success against Radford going 10-7 since the turn of the century. The Highlanders did win four-straight in Charleston between 2012-13 and 2015-16 but have split the last two meetings inside the Buc Dome since.
  • CSU saw their first 30-point effort since Nov. 2012 in Saturday's win at Longwood and seeks their first back-to-back 20-point performances. Wilbanks came out hot knocking down seven shots in the first quarter on her way to 20 first-half points and a new career-high 30 total.
  • The Bucs have played well against the Highlanders at home historically with 10 wins in 17 tries and fell in overtime last season despite a slow start.
  • Both CSU and Radford enter the matchup after conference wins Saturday. Tuesday also marks just the second road game in league play for the Highlanders and will be the third home game for CSU.
  • Radford is also the third preseason top-five team to enter the Buc Dome in CSU's three home games.

Last Time Out

  • Paced by a career-high 30 points from Shelby Wilbanks and four players in double figures, the Charleston Southern women's basketball team held off a late rally from Longwood for an 81-74 win in Big South play.
  • Saturday's win was the ninth-straight in the series for the Bucs and the fourth-straight inside Willett Hall – giving the CSU senior class a perfect record in Farmville.
  • Wilbanks got hot early as he scored 14 in the first stanza, setting the stage for CSU's first 30-point performance since Nov. 2012. She was joined by Breanah Bretches, Tierra Steede and Rachel Burns in double figures as Burns also hit a trey just before halftime for her 1,000th career point at CSU. Burns' triple gave the Bucs their first pair of 1,000-point scorers since the 2010-11 season.
  • Wilbanks, as well as the quick hands from CSU's defense that picked off 16 passes, paced an attack that shot .492 overall and staved-off a late Longwood surge. The Bucs held a lead as large as 22 in the second half and reached the 80-point mark for the third time this season improving to 3-0 in those games.

Scouting the Highlanders

  • Led by two-time Big South Coach of the Year and preseason first team member Destinee Walker, Radford enters Tuesday with just one loss in Big South play after falling at Hampton last week.
  • Through four games in league play, Hampton was the lone team to score 60-plus points against Radford. The Highlanders boast the second-best scoring defense behind only Campbell as well as the No. 2 field goal percentage defense and pull down the most rebounds in the Big South.
  • Savannah Felgemacher has only played in seven games this season but leads the Highlanders with 14.6 points per contest. She also pulls down 12.6 rebounds per game and while teammate Lydia Rivers leads all eligible member of the Big South with 10.1 boards.
  • Sydney Nunley enters the matchup on a streak of six-straight games with a double-double. In their three contests last week, Nunley averaged 19.3 points and 14.3 rebounds per contest.

A Win on Tuesday Would

  • Give the Bucs back-to-back Big South wins for the first time this season.
  • Be the Bucs' first home Big South win after falling just short against Campbell and Hampton - two preseason top-five teams.
  • Give CSU their 11th home win over the Highlanders since the turn of the century.
  • Snap a four-game losing skid to the Highlanders after falling in both matchups last season.

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