WBB Preview: Buccaneers clash with Cougars in last home game of holiday season

WBB Preview: Buccaneers clash with Cougars in last home game of holiday season

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will welcome College of Charleston as they host the Cougars on Thursday afternoon in their last home game of the holiday season.  Tipoff at the Buc Dome is set for 2:00 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. College of Charleston

Scouting College of Charleston
College of Charleston enters Thursday's matchup with a 2-8 record.  The Cougars have recorded wins against Winthrop and Appalachian State, while falling to UNC Charlotte, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, North Florida, Houston, #8 Louisville and Western Kentucky.  CofC is coming off of a tough 79-72 loss against Coastal Carolina at home on Tuesday night.  The Buccaneers have a long history with the Cougars, with Thursday marking the local rivals' 59th meeting.  CofC holds a 46-12 advantage in the series with a two-game winning streak.

The Cougars' offense is led by Breanna Bolden.  The 5-11 senior guard is averaging 16.4 points per game for a total of 164 points this season.  The Edgewater, Maryland-native is shooting 42.1% from the floor, finding most of her points in the paint.  Bolden is coming off of a strong offensive performance, recording 24 points, six rebounds and four steals in CofC's Tuesday night loss against Coastal.  Despite the defeat, Bolden's impressive effort moved her to number 13 on CofC's All-Time scoring list with 1,300 career points.  Redshirt junior forward Tanisha Brown follows Bolden, averaging 12.9 points and shooting a team-high 50.0% for the Cougars.  The Myrtle Beach-native also leads CofC with an average of 8.2 boards per game.  Sophomore guard Darien Huff has proven to be a threat from beyond the arc, leading the team with 18 three-pointers this season.  

The Cougars are coached by Candice M. Jackson.  Jackson is in her third-year as head coach at CofC after spending three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Duke University under head coach Joanne P. McCallie.

Last Time Against College of Charleston
College of Charleston 81, Charleston Southern 66 (November 28, 2015)
Alyssa Mann recorded her third straight 20 point outing for the Buccaneers as Charleston Southern fell to the College of Charleston on Saturday afternoon in TD Arena, 81-66.  Rachel Hardy and Monique Maximilien sparked a fourth quarter comeback for Charleston Southern (4-2) as the Buccaneers battled their way back from 26 point deficit to bring the game all the way back to within 14 points. However, the comeback fell short as CofC (3-2) sealed the win from the free throw line.

Mann led all players with 25 points on the floor with the senior guard connecting on 9-of-19 shots from the floor including three three-pointers in the contest. She also went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the contest.  Burns was also in double-digits for the second straight game in finishing with 11 points. The freshman guard connected on a pair of three-pointers early in the contest as CSU built a 16-11 lead after the first period.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
Wofford 59, Charleston Southern 45 (December 19, 2016)
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.  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.  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.  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.