CHARLESTON, S.C. – The road trip continues for Charleston Southern as they head to Boiling Springs in search of their second win at Gardner-Webb over the past three contests at Paul Porter Arena.
CSU fell in overtime Saturday at High Point and has a chance at their third Big South road win of the season – tying Hampton for most in the league. Gardner-Webb is also coming off an overtime road loss falling 82-80 at Hampton.
Offensive rebounds and senior leadership have been two keys for CSU this season as the Bucs sit among the top-25 in the nation in offensive boards (16.0 per game) and the top-five scorers are members of the senior class.
- Charleston Southern heads to Gardner-Webb Tuesday night seeking their second win in their last three trips to Boiling Springs on ESPN3.
- Both CSU and Gardner-Webb are enter the matchup off a road loss as the Runnin' Bulldogs fell 82-80 in overtime at Hampton and Charleston Southern fell 71-64 in overtime at High Point.
- Tuesday is the third of a four-game road swing to end January and open February for the Bucs who have gone 2-2 in their first four road games. Gardner-Webb also has a 2-2 record in their four home games in Big South play.
- Senior leadership has been a key for CSU this season as all of the top-five scorers are seniors, led by Ke'Asia Jackson's 12.6 points per contest.
Last Time Out
- A pair of 18-point scorers and a second-half comeback pushed High Point past the Charleston Southern women's basketball team Saturday afternoon as the home Panthers took an 71-64 decision in overtime.
- Charleston Southern was able to effectively keep Big South Preseason Player of the Year Emma Bockrath from making any offensive contributions and kept High Point to just 17 first-half points, but 54 points in the second half and overtime propelled them past CSU.
- The Bucs saw big offensive days from seniors Ke'Asia Jackson, Breannah Bretches, and Rachel Burns, but the home Panthers got late baskets from Camryn Brown (18 points, nine assists) to force the decisive overtime period.
- CSU came out firing on all cylinders with a 10-0 run in the opening four-plus minutes, then closed the half on a 6-0 spurt. The Bucs also held n 18-point lead, but the home Panthers chipped away over the course of the second half to force overtime on a Brown trey with :20 left on the clock.
Scouting the Runnin' Bulldogs
- Playing their first season under head coach Alex Simmons, Gardner-Webb owns the third-best scoring margin in the Big South and has made the third-most treys per contest. The Runnin' Bulldogs also take advantage of their free throw chances, knocking down a league-best 71.8%.
- Junior guard Carley Plentovich paces the Gardner-Webb offense scoring just under 15 points per game - the fifth-best mark in the Big South. Plentovich is the lone athlete in double figures for Gardner-Webb while her sister Savannah sits second at 9.6 points and Ky'Asia Stanford adds 9.0 points per contest.
- Gardner-Webb enters Tuesday T-5th in the Big South standings with UNC Asheville at 4-3, but owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Bulldogs. Gardner-Webb also enters the matchup having scored 80-plus points in back-to-back games falling 82-20 at Hampton and winning 92-72 against USC Upstate.
A Win on Tuesday Would
- Give the Bucs two wins in their past three trips to Gardner-Webb.
- Give CSU their third win over the past four road contests.
- Become the sixth win against the Runnin' Bulldogs since they joined the Big South Conference.
- Give head coach Fred Applin a 2-1 record against first-year head coaches this season.