CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern returns to the friendly confines of Buccaneer Field House Tuesday night to take on a long-time Big South foe UNC Asheville. CSU and UNC Asheville are two of the seven founding institutions within the Big South Conference.
Since 1986 when the conference was founded, CSU has 29 wins against the Bulldogs, the second-most against any current or former Big South member. Of their previous 66 meetings, 65 have come in the regular season with just one Big South Conference Tournament matchup in 1994 when the No. 8 Bulldogs defeated No. 9 Charleston Southern 74-57.
UNC Asheville has taken the past three matchups after sweeping last season's contest, but the series has been fairly even over the years with three of the past four meetings being decided by single digits. The second matchup last season went to overtime with the Bulldogs escaping with a two-point 71-69 win.
The Bulldogs had won six-straight against the Bucs before CSU took a 73-66 decision inside the Buc Dome on Valentine's Day in 2017.
CSU has also had success at home against their long-time conference rival sporting a 10-6 record since the turn of the century.
Last Time Out
- Charleston Southern 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 put together a stifling final five minutes and saw key contributions around the floor for a gut-check win over Presbyterian. 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.
Scouting the Bulldogs
- After starting conference play 0-3, UNC Asheville has caught fire carrying a six-game win streak into the Buc Dome Tuesday night.
- In their current run, UNC Asheville has taken down USC Upstate and Presbyterian on the road as well as Campbell, High Point, Longwood and Winthrop at home.
- The Bulldogs began their streak tied for last in the Big South and have quickly climbed to the No. 4 slot in the standings just two games out of first.
- UNC Asheville is led offensively by Sonora Dengokl, who averages 15.1 points per contest good for fifth in the Big South. Preseason All-Conference member Jessica Wall sits second on the team at 10.5 points per game while dishing out 2.5 assists and connecting on .358 of her treys.
- The Bulldogs also have the third-best scoring defense in the conference at 57.2 points allowed and have held opponents to 55-or less eight times including their last three games.
A Win on Tuesday Would
- Give the Bucs 30 wins all-time against the Bulldogs, the second-most against a single program behind only Winthrop (31).
- Come as CSU's first home Big South win after taking three on the road thus far.
- Be the 11th home win over the Bulldogs since 2000.
- Be win No. 4 at home this season for CSU.
- Make it back-to-back Big South wins this season.
Extra Basketball On Tap
- Charleston Southern has played many close games this season with seven of their nine Big South contests being decided by just single digits and two going to overtime.
- CSU has played three overtime games this season, all coming on the road and two occurring just seven days apart.
- The Bucs are 1-2 this season when playing an extra five minutes with losses at North Florida and High Point and a win at Presbyterian.
- In their first overtime win of the season, CSU shutout Presbyterian 8-0 after the Blue Hose erased a fourth-quarter deficit to force extra time.
- CSU also has the most single-digit losses in the Big South Conference this season with seven total including an 83-75 decision at SEC and National power Georgia.
Weekend Road Warriors
- Of the Bucs' six wins this season, three have come on the road and four on Saturdays.
- Each of CSU's road Big South wins have also come on a Saturday - Longwood, USC Upstate and Presbyterian.
- Each of CSU's last two Saturday contests have also gone to overtime with the Bucs owning a 1-1 record.