Women's Basketball

WBB Preview: Buccaneers host Montreat in second of four holiday home games

WBB Preview: Buccaneers host Montreat in second of four holiday home games

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston Southern will welcome Montreat as they host the Cavaliers on Friday night. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is set for 7:00 p.m. on the Big South Network 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. Montreat

Scouting Montreat
Montreat enters Friday's matchup with a 5-5 record. The Cavaliers have recorded wins against Columbia International University, Johnson & Wales University, St. Andrews College, Point University and Milligan College. Montreat is coming off a two-game losing streak, most recently falling to Reinhardt University at home. The Cavaliers four other losses come from their matchups against Truett-McConnell College, Union College, Allen University and Brenau University. Friday marks CSU's third meeting with Montreat, with the Buccaneers recording a perfect 2-0 record against the Division II school.Montreat's offense is led by Darah DeWalt. The 6-0 sophomore guard is averaging 16.3 points per game for a total of 130 points this season and is shooting 62.8% from the floor. The Charlotte native also leads Montreat's defense, averaging 7.3 rebounds per game. Other standout players lining up for the Cavaliers include sophomores Demeria Robinson and Arianna Williams. Robinson is averaging 14.1 points per game and has recorded 26 assists, 19 steals and two blocks this season. Williams is averaging 9.9 points per game, with 24 assists, 11 steals and three blocks in the 2016-17 slate.Montreat is a young team this year, with a roster made up of eight underclassman, three juniors and no seniors. The Cavaliers are coached by Meghan Austin, who is now in her third-season at Montreat. Austin is assisted by first-season assistant coach, Shannon Jackson. 

Last Time Against Montreat
Charleston Southern 86, Montreat 34 (December 16, 2014)
Three Buccaneers scored double-digits as Charleston Southern dominated every facet of the game in topping visiting Montreat on Tuesday night inside the Buc Dome, 86-34. CSU improved to 3-5 overall with the win, while Montreat fell to 1-11 overall with the loss. Tatum Jarvis led CSU with 18 points in the contest as the sophomore forward went 7-for-9 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the three-point line to lead the Bucs in shooting 44.9 percent from the floor in the victory. Monique Maximilien added 15 points and seven rebounds, while Alyssa Mann scored a season-high 10 points and had three assists for the Bucs.The Bucs held the 41-30 rebounding advantage in the game with Christal Barnett contributing six rebounds to the totals. Alecia Hardy led the way with five of CSU's 24 assists in the game and four of the Bucs 21 steals as CSU held the 42-8 advantage in points off of turnovers in the game.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
Charleston Southern 55, Georgia Southern 54 (December 12, 2016)
Alyssa Mann scored a team-high 20 points to help push Charleston Southern past Georgia Southern in a nail-biter 55-54 victory on Monday night in the Buc Dome.Mann was one of three Buccaneers to go for double digits in the contest and added six assists in the win. Ke'Asia Jackson also had the hot hand for the Bucs with the sophomore guard shooting 58.3% from the floor and recording 15 points for the Bucs. Monday night marked both Jackson and Mann's sixth double-digit performance of the season and Mann's third 20+ game of the 2016-17 slate. Elyse Kiploks joined the guard duo in double-digits, hitting a career-high three three-pointers on her way to finishing the game 10 points. Kiploks was the only player on either team to play the entire 40 minutes and added five rebounds in the game.GSU's offense was led by Angel McGowan, who recorded 22 of the Eagles' 54 points, including five three-pointers. The senior guard was a key player in GSU's fourth period comeback effort, cutting the Bucs' lead down to just two points with her third three-pointer at 4:29 left in the contest.McGowan would go on to score the next 10 points for the Eagles, but Mann and Burns would give the Bucs' a seven-point lead with the clock ticking down in the final minute. With just nine seconds left in the contest, McGowan sank her fourth three-pointer and found another at the buzzer that would fall just short of sending the game into overtime.

She's the Mann
After several injuries and four years with the Buccaneers, redshirt senior Alyssa Mann almost decided to hang up her #23 jersey after last season. But after a good deal of encouragement and persuasion, the Bradenton, Florida native decided to give CSU one more year, and leave everything she has left on the floor. Mann entered the 2016-17 season with 835 career points and is looking to become just the 15th player in CSU women's basketball history to join the 1,000 point club. Mann enters Friday night's game 54 points away from joining the club and with three more games until the new year, Mann just might hit her 1,000th point before we wave goodbye to 2016. Six consecutive double-digit games, including three 20+ games, have put Mann at 111 points this season, for a career total of 946 points. The 2016-17 Big South Preseason All-Conference Second Team pick was last season's lone player in the Big South to sit in the top six in multiple conference statistical categories, including points per game (13.7, 4th), assists per game (2.8, 6th) and steals per game (1.8, 5th). She was also among the conference leaders in three-point percentage, field goal percentage, three-pointers per game and minutes per game. Mann scored 20-plus points in seven different games last season, including a career-high 29 in CSU's 74-64 win over Wofford.


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