CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern looks for a strong finish to the season and secure a home contest in the first round or even grab a top-five seed for a bye into the quarterfinals.
The Bucs also have a chance for nine conference wins for the second time in three seasons and some milestone wins in the process. A win Wednesday night would be the 32nd all-time versus Winthrop, the most against a single program and a win Saturday would be the 10th-consecutive over Longwood.
The trio of Shelby Wilbanks, Breannah Bretches and Ke'Asia Jackson have been scoring machines since conference play began as all three sit among the top-20 in the Big South Conference in points per contest. Wilbanks also sits third in the Big South in field goal percentage (.568) and Bretches is third in three-point field goal percentage (.382) in conference-only games.
Last Time Out
- 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 fell behind early and had a strong 11-2 run the second quarter, but couldn't keep pace down the stretch with the Bulldogs, 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.
Scouting the Eagles
- Winthrop has struggled to score this season with the 11th-ranked offense in the conference, but sit fifth in scoring defense.
- Three players average 8-plus points led by Kem Nwabudu's 9.4 ppg, Jah'Che Whitfield's 9.0 and Anika Riley's 8.0 per contest. Riley also paces the Eagles with 7.6 rebounds a contest while shooting .452 from the floor.
- In conference play, Whitfield and Nwabudu average 11.2 and 10.3 points per game and play nearly 30 minutes a contest.
- Winthrop began the Big South slate with a 4-2 record, but have fallen into a slide dropping their past five contests, four coming at home.
- In the first matchup, Whitfield scored a game-high 19 points off the bench and knocking down six of her seven free throw attempts to help ice it late. Her effort off the bench, as well as 20 points off 22 CSU turnovers, helped lead Winthrop to a win despite shooting just .375 from the floor.
A Win on Wednesday Would
- Become the 32nd win all-time versus Winthrop, extending their lead for most victories in a head-to-head series in program history.
- Be the fourth season split for CSU this season having won home games versus Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville while taking one at Hampton.
- Give the Bucs a chance at a 9-9 Big South record and their second 9-win conference slate over the past three seasons.
- Make the Bucs .500 at home overall and inside conference play.
- Be the sixth win for CSU since Feb. 1 and secure a home game next Tuesday in the Big South First Round.
- Be the fourth-straight home win over Winthrop.