ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Junior forward Tierra Steede provided a team-high 10 points off the bench, but UNC Asheville had three players in double figures as they defeated the Charleston Southern women's basketball team 62-45 Saturday in Big South women's basketball action.
CSU (10-17, 7-9 Big South) fell behind early and had a strong 11-2 run the second quarter, but couldn't keep pace down the stretch with the Bulldogs (16-12, 11-6 Big South), who were led by a game-high 16 from Nadira Evans.
The Bucs brought it back to a seven-point game at the break overcoming a 12-0 Bulldog run, but UNC Asheville was able to hold CSU to just .314 from the floor and extend the lead out to a 62-45 final.
Steede's 10 points paced the Buccaneer offense Saturday in the loss as she was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line while adding three baskets. Steede also pulled down two rebounds and assisted on two more CSU buckets.
Senior guard Breannah Bretches had seven points with a team-high five assists and Ahlea Myers had seven points in just her second start of the season, but UNC Asheville used 16 from Evans, 12 by Sonora Dengokl and 11 from Jessica Wall for the season split.
The loss was just the third for the Buccaneers since February 1 as they've racked-up five wins down the stretch run.
How It Happened
- CSU came out with a quick 4-2 lead, but the home Bulldogs ended the first quarter on a 15-0 run for a 17-4 first quarter score.
- The Bucs got right back in it with a run of their own and brought it to a 19-18 Bulldog advantage thanks to baskets from Bretches, Steede and Wilbanks.
- In the first half, CSU only hit 22.2% of their shots but only trailed by seven at the break.
- UNC Asheville extended their lead in the second half with 33 points to grab the season split.
- Evans had 11 of her 16 points in the second half to help the Bulldogs pull away at the end.
News and Notes
- Junior Tierra Steede paced the offense for the first time this season making her the seventh Buccaneer to lead the team in scoring.
- Breannah Bretches also dished out at least three assists for the eighth time in 2018-19, tying Ke'Asia Jackson for the most on the team.
- The Bucs committed just 13 turnovers in the loss, the fewest in a game this season.
CSU finishes their regular season slate with a pair of home contests beginning Wednesday night with a Palmetto State showdown against Winthrop. The Bucs then host Longwood Saturday in the finale and Senior Day from the Buc Dome. Tipoff Wednesday is slated for 7 p.m. on ESPN+.