CHARLESTON, S.C. – After an upset of the No. 2 seed High Point, Charleston Southern gets a chance to make their first Big South women's basketball championship when they take on No. 6 Campbell Friday night.
CSU has made the semifinals round for the 11th time in program history and second time in three seasons under head coach Fred Applin.
Charleston Southern and Campbell have already played two nail-biters this season with the Camels winning both 60-58 and 52-51 in the final seconds. Last-second buzzer-beating shots for the Bucs were off the mark in both contests.
CSU and Campbell meet for the sixth time in Big South tournament history with the Camels owning the series 4-1 entering Friday. The last matchup came in 2012 with the Bucs winning 57-53 to snap a four-game skid in the postseason versus the Camels.
CSU gets a second chance to avenge a regular season sweep as they handed High Point an early exit Thursday and can erase a pair of last-second losses to Campbell with a win Friday.
Last Time Out
- Charleston Southern used a 9-0 run to close the third quarter, then matched High Point shot-for-shot down the stretch to upset the No. 2 seed Panthers 65-61 in Big South women's basketball quarterfinals action Thursday.
- Shelby Wilbanks posted a 14-point, 14-rebound performance in the CSU win while Ke'Asia Jackson added 14, Weknyne Dumorne had 14 points and seven boards and Breannah Bretches finished the night with 13 points. The win was the first for CSU against the Panthers this season after coming close in both regular season matchups, this time using a second-half charge of their own to complete the comeback and stun the Panthers on their home floor.
- In a 61-all tie, Dumorne had a huge steal to give the Bucs the ball, then scored a layup on the other end before free throws from Wilbanks and Bretches iced the win.
- High Point was led by 16 from Shea Morgan and 11 from Camryn Brown in the loss. The Panthers had a chance for the tie in the final 10 seconds with a three-point attempt, but it fell short and Wilbanks pulled down her 14th rebound of the night to seal the upset win.
Scouting the Camels
- Campbell has been a defensive power since Fisher came over to Buies Creek, but the Camels are fresh off a blazing 85-63 win over No. 3 Hampton Thursday. Campbell hit 13 treys and shot .583 from the floor as Shy Tuelle and Caroline Bowns combined for nine of the triples and 41 points.
- In their two wins over CSU, Campbell was able to keep the Bucs below 40% from the floor and force turnovers. In the first matchup, the Camels used a 22-15 fourth quarter to erase a CSU lead and take a 60-58 decision. Campbell took the second game in a similar fashion as Tuelle hit a game-winning shot with less than :30 and Campbell won 52-51.
- Four Camels average 8-plus points per game, but none are in double figures. Lauren Carter, Tuelle, Hayley Barber and Taya Bolden account for 58% of Campbell's scoring and the defense holds opponents to less than 52 points per game.
A Win on Friday Would
- Send the Bucs to their first Big South Championship game
- Be the first win of the season over Campbell this season.
- Give the Bucs back-to-back tournament wins over the Camels.
- Be the third tournament win for CSU in 2019, setting the program record for most in a single season.
- Come as the second win over a No. 6 seed all-time and be the Bucs' fifth win as the No. 7 seed.
- Give the senior class six Big South tournament wins.