Women's Basketball

WBB Game Preview: vs. Gardner-Webb

WBB Game Preview: vs. Gardner-Webb

Tuesday, February 26
CSU vs. Gardner-Webb
Buc Dome – Charleston, S.C.
7 p.m. | Live Stats | ESPN+
CSU Notes (PDF)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – CSU has a chance at another season split after collecting one with Hampton and falling shy at Campbell. The Bucs have had a number of student-athletes step up in scoring as four different players have scored in double figures 10 times - Ke'Asia Jackson, Rachel Burns, Breannah Bretches and Shelby Wilbanks.

Three of the Big South's top-15 scorers will be on display Tuesday as Carley Plentovich (14.6 ppg) squares-off with Ke'Asia Jackson (12.4 ppg) and Breannah Bretches (11.1 ppg) from the Buc Dome.

The Runnin' Bulldogs rely heavily on their four-headed attack of the Plentovich twins (Carley ans Savannah) and Jhessyka Williams and Ky'Asia Stanford. Meanwhile, CSU's top-five scorers are all seniors.

CSU also looks to put an end to the Gardner-Webb run in the series as well as avoid back-to-back season sweeps.

Last Time Out

  • Campbell guard Shyanne Tuelle hit a three-point basket with 25 seconds to play, giving the Camels a 52-51 win over the Charleston Southern women's basketball team Tuesday night in Big South action.
  • CSU saw big nights offensively from their senior trio of Breannah Bretches, Shelby Wilbanks and Rachel Burns, but a late Campbell run over the final 5:24 was enough to hand the Bucs just their second loss in February.
  • Wilbanks shouldered the load in the second quarter scoring 10 points to help CSU carry a 22-21 lead into the break before Bretches returned the favor with three treys in the third. Those two, along with a strong second half from Burns, ignited a CSU third quarter-closing 19-3 run and nine-point lead after 30 minutes.
  • CSU held Campbell to just .317 from the floor, but six treys from the Camels – five in the second half – helped erase the deficit before Tuelle hit the game-winner.

Scouting the Runnin' Bulldogs

  • Gardner-Webb comes in off a hard-fought overtime loss at High Point after trouncing Hampton on Tuesday night.
  • The Runnin' Bulldogs have seen a plethora of scoring from the Plentovich twins - Carley and Savannah - as well as freshman Jhessyka Williams and Ky'Asia Stanford. Those four account for 66% of the offense as Carley Plentovich sits sixth in the Big South in scoring.
  • Gardner-Webb brings-in the second-best offense in the league scoring 67.5 ppg while holding opponents to 63.4. They are one of just six teams in the league with a positive scoring margin sitting third behind first-place Radford and second-place High Point.
  • In their last matchup, freshman Jhessyka Williams scorched the net for 25 second-half points and finishing with a game-high 29 total.
  • Both teams shot the lights out with Gardner-Webb coming on strong over the final 20 minutes tallying 49 second-half points.

A Win on Tuesday Would

  • Be the Bucs' fifth win in the month of February after a three-game win streak earlier.
  • Give CSU a season split with both Gardner-Webb and Hampton, two series where the home teams came away with wins.
  • Become the Bucs' third win over a first-year head coach in Big South play to go along with W's at Longwood and Presbyterian.

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