WBB Preview: Buccaneers host Southern Wesleyan in Tuesday home-opener

WBB Preview: Buccaneers host Southern Wesleyan in Tuesday home-opener

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will take on Southern Wesleyan in their first home game of the 2016-17 season as the Buccaneers host the Warriors on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Buc Dome and fans can follow the action via Live Stats on CSUsports.com and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameDay.

Women's Basketball Game Notes - vs. Southern Wesleyan

Scouting Southern Wesleyan
Southern Wesleyan enters Tuesday's matchup with a 1-1 record from last weekend's Southern Wesleyan Tip-Off Tournament in Central, South Carolina.  The Warriors defeated Columbia International on Friday, 100-48, and fell in a close contest on Saturday against Brenau, 68-61.  Tuesday marks the eighth meeting between CSU women's basketball and the Division II Conference Carolina school.  The Buccaneers have a perfect 7-0 record against SWU, most recently earning a 85-55 win over the Warriors on November 12, 2013 at home.

Southern Wesleyan's offense is led by senior duo Kristen Smith and Tatiana Manuel.  Over the weekend, the pair combined for a total of 41 points in the tournament, with both players recording double-digits in SWU's win over Columbia International.  Manuel also leads the Warriors defensively, with the 6-2 center averaging 8.5 rebounds per game.  Newcomer Breanna Richardson earned a starter spot at guard in both games and opened her freshman season strong with 9.5 points per game and shot 41.2% from the floor for the Warriors.

Last Time against Southern Wesleyan
Charleston Southern 85, Southern Wesleyan, 55 (November 12, 2013)
Tatum Jarvis led four CSU players in double-digits with 16 points as Charleston Southern opened up the home portion of their 2013 season with an 85-55 victory over Southern Wesleyan inside the Buc Dome on Tuesday night.  Jarvis connected on four of CSU's 10 three-pointers in the game to pace the Buccaneers offense as Charleston Southern had 13 players in the scoring column in picking up their first win of the young 2013-2014 season.  Paced by Jarvis' game-high 16 points, the Buccaneers went up by 30 points midway through the second half on a Rochelle Brophy layup on their way to cruising to the win over the Warriors. The CSU bench played a major role in the margin of victory, scoring 41 points to keep the pressure on Southern Wesleyan in each half.  

Southern Wesleyan was led by Christiana Perkins' 13 points off the bench as three Warriors were in double figures in the game. Briana Seda added 11 points, while Chelsie Waters chipped in 10 of her own to pace the SWU offense.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
West Virginia 88, Charleston Southern 38 (November 12, 2016)
Charleston Southern was unable to put a stop to a strong offensive performance put up by No. 22 West Virginia, falling to the Mountaineers 88-38 in their season-opener at WVU Coliseum.  The Mountaineers never trailed in the contest and had three players put up 17 points apiece.  Senior center Lanay Montgomery had 17 points and 18 rebounds for WVU.  Sophomore guard Tynice Martin and junior forward Teana Muldrow also recorded 17 points for a Mountaineers offense that shot 51% from the floor as a team.

Sophomore guards Rachel Burns and Ke'Asia Jackson were the only double-digit scorers for the Buccaneers, with each player recording 10 points.  During the first period, Burns made two of CSU's three baskets, including one three-pointer.  Two minutes into the second half, Jackson showed her hot hands with back-to-back three-pointers.  Burns also dominated defensively for the Bucs, with the underclassman tying her career-high of eight rebounds in the contest.

The Mountaineers had 20 assists on 32 baskets and a 60-31 rebounding advantage over the Buccaneers.  The tough loss for CSU made for WVU's 25th consecutive nonconference win at home.