CHARLESTON, S.C. – After back-to-back 20-point games, senior guard Breannah Bretches scored 19 Tuesday night but a strong second half performance from High Point snapped Charleston Southern's win streak, 69-62.
Bretches had another strong offensive day scoring a game-high 19 and dishing out a team-best four assists, but CSU (8-15, 5-7 Big South) was unable to keep High Point (16-7, 9-3 Big South) from finding the lane and net over the final 10 minutes.
The Panthers were led by 18 from Bria Gibson while Shea Morgan and Emma Bockrath had near double-doubles with 17 and 13 points as well as eight rebounds each. Morgan also dished out a game-high seven assists to fuel the Panther charge.
CSU carried leads after the first three periods and had a three-point halftime margin thanks to a buzzer-beating trey from Rachel Burns. She ended the night with eight points while fellow seniors Ke'Asia Jackson and Shelby Wilbanks turned in 16 and 12, respectively.
How It Happened
- Both offenses struggled out of the gates with CSU shooting .385 from the floor with High Point ending the first quarter at .286.
- In that first quarter, CSU forced seven turnovers while allowing just four field goals, but High Point pulled down 13 boards on their way to 40 total.
- Scoring picked up in the second as the Bucs and Panthers traded baskets before a Burns buzzer-beating trey provided CSU a 29-26 halftime cushion.
- CSU went on to a four-point advantage after 30 minutes and led for 23 across the contest.
- High Point responded with their strongest quarter of the night scoring 29 points and knocking down 14 of their 19 free throws to keep the Bucs from completing the late comeback bid.
News and Notes
- CSU knocked down eight treys in the loss, their most in a Big South game this season besting the seven last time out against USC Upstate. Tuesday also marked the third time the Bucs hit over 50% of their three-point baskets in a single game.
- Tuesday's 10 steals made it back-to-back contests with double digits stolen passes as Rachel Burns paced CSU with three.
- Bretches' effort Tuesday night was her third-straight game as the leading scorer and made it back-to-back contests with at least a share of the lead in scoring, rebounding and assists.
CSU travels to Hampton for their first visit to the Convention Center as Big South foes after falling in their Big South opener to the Pirates back on Jan. 5 inside the Buc Dome. Tipoff from Hampton, Va. is set for 4 p.m. on ESPN+.