CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern saw an end to their perfect record at home as the Buccaneers fell to Wofford 59-45 on Monday night in the Buc Dome.
"We had some players out tonight," said CSU Head Coach Fred Applin. "I told our team in the locker room, we're going to have games like this and I challenged some players to step up. You hope you can pull it out, but the best team won tonight and we're going to learn from this experience."
Rachel Burns led three Buccaneers (6-3) in double-digits in the game with 14 points, while Breannah Bretches scored 12 in her first career start with the Bucs. Aliyah Abney added 11 points off the bench for CSU in the loss.
"I think it's good for those players to get that experience and playing time because it helps familiarize them with the direction we want to take this program," Applin said.
Bretches put the Buccaneers on the board with a jumper and a three giving CSU a 5-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game. The Alaska native put up a second basket from beyond the arc to close out the period to lead the Bucs with eight points as CSU led the Terriers (7-4) 14-5 after 10 minutes of play.
The Terriers opened the second period with back-to-back threes from Chloe Wanink. The sophomore guard scored a game-high 21 points, shooting 50% (4-8) from beyond the arc. Wofford went on a 9-0 scoring run and outscored the Bucs 14-5 to tie the game up at 19 all at the end of the half.
Burns sparked the Bucs in the third period with a pair of three-pointers, but Wofford answered with back-to-back baskets from Wanink to give the Terriers a 37-33 lead going into the final ten minutes of the contest.
Foul trouble hurt the Bucs in the fourth period as Wofford took control in the final frame. Overall in the contest, CSU had 28 of the 47 combined fouls and sent Wofford to the stripe seven times in the last two minutes. Both teams struggled at the free throw line with CSU shooting 10-16 (62.5%) from the line against Wofford's 15-27 (55.6%). Several of CSU's attempts to close the gap fell short as the clock ticked down, while Wofford's Maria Corella connected on her 10th point of the game at the free throw line to seal the Terriers' the 59-45 victory in the Buc Dome.
Wanick led Wofford with 21 points in the contest, while Grayson Pinholster paced the Terriers with a game-high 14 rebounds in the win.
The Buccaneers now turn their attention to their last game before Christmas as they welcome local rival College of Charleston to the Buc Dome on Thursday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m. on the Big South Network.