CHARLESTON, S.C. – Following back-to-back road wins at Longwood and USC Upstate, the Charleston Southern women's basketball team heads to High Point seeking their first three-game road steak of the season.
In their latest triumph, seniors Ke'Asia Jackson and Shelby Wilbanks accounted for 39 of CSU's 78 points while Weknyne Dumorne added her first double-double of the season in a 78-75 Buccaneer victory over Big South newcomer USC Upstate.
The win kicked off a four-game road swing for the Bucs that also sees stops at Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian after Saturday's matchup against the Panthers.
- Charleston Southern looks to keep their road warrior mentality Saturday after collecting back-to-back wins away from the Buc Dome. Their latest triumph came at the hands of newcomer USC Upstate and kicked off a four-game road swing that sees stops at High Point, Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian.
- CSU enters the weekend tied with Gardner-Webb and Hampton for the most road wins in league play, boasting a 2-1 record.
- Shelby Wilbanks has become a huge force in the post for the Bucs as of late scoring in double figures in each of the past four contests and leading the team in final tallies in each of the past three. In those three contests, Wilbanks has a 30-point performance and 22-point effort to lead the Bucs to a 2-1 record.
- Saturday marks the first matchup between the Bucs and Panthers after two contests last season that were decided by just one possession.
Last Time Out
- Sparked by a 17-2 run to close the first half and a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter, the Charleston Southern women's basketball team collected their second-straight Big South road win to down USC Upstate 78-75 Saturday afternoon.
- Seniors Shelby Wilbanks and Ke'Asia Jackson combined for 39 points in the win as CSU used free throws and timely defense to stave off a late attempt from the home Spartans.
- Wilbanks hit the game-winning jumper with just :23 to play, giving CSU a 76-75 lead before free throws from Weknyne Dumorne and Rachel Burns pushed it to 78-75, where it would stand over the final seconds. Dumorne added her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, making her the second Buccaneer with a double-double alongside Jasmine Blackmon.
- USC Upstate had a chance to tie with a corner three at the buzzer, but the shot bounced off the rim and the Bucs came away with a key road win.
Scouting the Panthers
- Led by preseason Player of the Year Emma Bockrath, High Point enters the weekend 4-2 in Big South play with four players averaging double figures. The Panthers paced the conference as the only team to average 70-plus points per game and have an impressive +9.2 scoring margin.
- The Panthers also lead the league in field goal percentage (42.6%), assist-to-turnover ratio (0.95) and assists (16.2).
- Bockrath paces the offense with 16.8 ppg while Lindsey Edwards adds 11.1, Shea Morgan averages 10.6 and Camryn Brown scores 10.2 per contest. Each sit among the top-25 of the Big South led by Bockrath's third-place average trailing only Brianna Lewis of USC Upstate and Ashley Bates of Hampton.
- High Point is a perfect 8-0 at home this season with a 2-0 record in Big South play with wins over Presbyterian and Campbell.
A Win on Saturday Would
- Give the Bucs a three-game road win streak after wins at Longwood and USC Upstate.
- Be the first such streak under head coach Fred Applin.
- Give CSU their first such streak since the 2002-03 season when they took down Radford, UNC Asheville and Coastal Carolina.
- Bring CSU to 3-1 on the road in Big South play (the Bucs are currently tied with Gardner-Webb and Hampton for most road wins in league play).
- Snap a three-game skid to the Panthers that has seen two one-possession losses in that span.