Women's Basketball

WBB Preview: CSU travels to Chapel Hill to take on the Tar Heels

WBB Preview: CSU travels to Chapel Hill to take on the Tar Heels

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will take on the Tar Heels of North Carolina as the Buccaneers travel to Chapel Hill for their second away game and fourth overall game this season. Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m. on the ACC Network Extra and fans can follow the action via Live Stats on CSUsports.com and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameDay.

Women's Basketball Game Notes - at North Carolina 

Scouting North Carolina
North Carolina enters Tuesday's matchup with a 3-0 record with sizeable victories over Alabama State, Alabama A&M and Bucknell. The Buccaneers have faced North Carolina nine times in the program's history, but CSU has yet to put a W in the books. Over the course of 27 years, the Bucs have suffered some tough losses against the ACC powerhouse. CSU saw its closest chance of a win in November 2009 when the Bucs were overcome in a narrow 76-67 defeat at North Carolina. The Bucs have only met with the Tar Heels one time under Head Coach Fred Applin, where they fell to UNC in a 100-49 loss at Carmichael Arena.  

The Tar Heels' offense is led by returning starter Stephanie Watts. The sophomore guard is averaging 19.3 points per game and leads the team with 10 rebounds per game. Watts was selected as the 2016 ACC Freshman of the Year and set a UNC freshman record with 76 three-pointers made last season. UNC returns two other starters this season, sophomore guard Destinee Walker and junior guard Jamie Cherry. Walker leads the team in three-pointer field goal percentage (38.5%) while Cherry leads the team in assists (13) and steals (8). In addition to the returning starter guard trio, North Carolina has four returning letterwinners and nine newcomers.

Last Time against North Carolina
Charleston Southern 49, North Carolina, 100 (December 14, 2013)
Charleston Southern was unable to overcome North Carolina runs to start each half as host #15/#14 UNC topped the Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon inside Carmichael Arena, 100-49. Reminiscent of their last contest dating back to November 29, 2009, Charleston Southern displayed an accurate shooting touch from the outside in the first half, cutting the Tar Heels lead down to 12 points and keeping them within striking distance behind the outside shooting prowess of Erin Bratcher. However, the second half saw the Tar Heels put the game away with a 15-0 run to open the final 20 minutes of the contest as the Bucs fell on the road to their second ranked opponent on the season.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
Charleston Southern 75, Paine 67 (November 18, 2016)
Charleston Southern (2-1) fought through a physical game against Paine (1-1) to capture their second consecutive win at home on Friday night as the Buccaneers topped the Lions' in the Buc Dome, 75-67.  The contest consisted of a combined total of 48 fouls, with four of CSU's starters recording four fouls apiece and one of Paine's starters fouling out of the game. Breannah Bretches had a breakout performance, as the junior transfer was one of two Buccaneer players to put up double-digits, scoring 13 points along with three rebounds and two assists. Alyssa Mann was the other CSU player to contribute double-digits to the Bucs' offense, with the redshirt-senior recording 20 points in the contest for her ninth-career 20+ points performance.

Paine opened the game aggressively, winning the jump ball and putting up eight unanswered points in the first several minutes of the game. But the Bucs would capture the momentum shortly after with a defense that facilitated 10 fast breaks by the end of the first period.

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