CLINTON, S.C. – The Charleston Southern women's basketball team overcame another late surge from Presbyterian, but pitched an 8-0 shutout in overtime to come away with a 63-55 decision Saturday in Big South women's basketball action.
CSU (6-14, 3-6 Big South) put together a stifling final five minutes and saw key contributions around the floor for a gut-check win over Presbyterian (4-16, 2-7 Big South). Seniors Ke'Asia Jackson, Rachel Burns and Shelby Wilbanks came up clutch when called upon while freshman guard Ahlea Myers provided a 13-point spark off the bench knocking down three huge treys.
Jackson's 13-point, 10-rebound effort comes as her first career double-double while Jackson added a team-high five assists in the win. Burns ended the day with a team-high 17 points, Wilbanks added six points but drew five Blue Hose charges in the second half alone and Myers added 13 points and drew two more charges in the closing minutes.
Presbyterian was led offensively by Kacie Hall's 17 points, but the Buccaneer defense held Hall to just 5-of-24 shooting. Salina Virola added an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Blue Hose, but the efforts from the Buccaneers proved to be too much down the stretch.
How It Happened
- Presbyterian came out of the gates with a 9-2 run on their way to a 21-12 lead through the first 10 minutes. The Blue Hose shot 50% in the opening frame thanks to three treys and knocked down all four of their free throws.
- CSU responded with a strong second doubling-up the Blue Hose 16-8 behind a personal 8-0 run from Rachel Burns.
- Burns finished the first half with 11 of her team-best 17 points connecting on five of her first seven shots and her lone trey.
- Freshman guard Ahlea Myers knocked down an NBA-range three-pointer with 2:28 remaining in the half, but both teams went cold down the stretch unable to score again for a 29-28 halftime margin.
- Myers took the confidence from her trey and added eight-more in the third as the Bucs regained the lead and carried a 46-42 margin into the final stanza.
- The Bucs held a nine-point margin early in the fourth thanks to jumpers from Shelby Wilbanks and Weknyne Dumorne before the Blue Hose chipped into the margin.
- Presbyterian held a 55-54 lead with 7.2 left, but Jackson knocked down one of her two free throws and a last-second steal sent the game to overtime.
- In the overtime period, the CSU defense shut down the Blue Hose on their way to an 8-0 decisive stanza.
News and Notes
- Senior guard Rachel Burns finished the game in double figures for the 10th time this season and second time over her past three contests.
- Senior forward Weknyne Dumorne blocked three Presbyterian shots, her fifth time with multiple rejections and second in conference action.
- Shelby Wilbanks had another strong performance, taking five huge second-half charges. The senior forward added six points on the day to go along with her key defensive stands.
- Freshman guard Ahlea Myers scored eight points in the third quarter on the way to 13 points total, her second time in double figures as a Buccaneer.
- CSU took a lead into the fourth quarter for the third-straight game and held a fourth-quarter lead in the fourth-straight contest.
- The Bucs took a game in overtime for the first time in 2018-19 after falling at North Florida and High point. In the overtime period, CSU pitched an 8-0 shutout to seal their third road win of the season.
The Bucs return home Tuesday night for a three-game homestand as UNC Asheville invades the Buc Dome. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. on ESPN+ as CSU seeks back-to-back wins.