CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Bucs hit the road for the first time in league play seeking a win at Winthrop. Tuesday's contest is the second of a stretch that sees the Bucs take the floor four times in seven days after playing just five games in the entire month of December.
Senior guard Breannah Bretches has been lighting up the scoring column since being put in the starting rotation scoring at least 10 points over her last three contests with a season-best 18 coming the last time out. Bretches is now one of three Bucs to average double figures joining fellow senior guards Rachel Burns and Ke'Asia Jackson.
The contributions of Bretches, Burns and Jackson make CSU one of just two teams in the Big South with a trio of double figure scorers alongside High Point.
Tuesday marks the third time the Bucs open their Big South road slate at Winthrop since the turn of the century – the most trips to one destination in conference during that span. CSU has also opened their road schedule multiple times at UNC Asheville, Gardner-Webb and High Point.
- Charleston Southern hits the road Tuesday in their second contest of a stretch with four games in seven days. The Bucs held a fourth-quarter lead on preseason No. 4 and Big South newcomer Hampton Saturday, but fell just short in their attempt at back-to-back conference-opening wins.
- The Bucs enter on a three-game skid and seek their first win inside the Winthrop Coliseum since the 2016-17 season CSU came away with a 70-58 triumph.
- Tuesday marks the 71st all-time meeting between the Bucs and Eagles with Winthrop leading 39-31 in head-to-head matchups. Since the turn of the century, Winthrop has extended their series lead thanks to a 20-15 advantage including a 13-5 mark in Rock Hill.
- CSU has opened their Big South road slate at Winthrop twice since 2000 with a 1-1 record in those contests. The Bucs have been to Rock Hill three times for road openers - the most in that time span. The Bucs have also made multiple road debuts at Liberty, UNC Asheville, Gardner-Webb and High Point.
Last Time Out
- The Charleston Southern women's basketball team fell in their Big South opener Saturday to newcomer Hampton 74-66 despite a season-best 18 points from Breannah Bretches and a near double-double from senior guard Rachel Burns.
- After the Bucs grabbed a fourth-quarter lead on the heels of a 9-0 run, Hampton used a 17-6 spurt of their own over the final 6:31 to escape the Buc Dome with a win in both teams' conference opener. The matchup was just the second all-time between the two programs after CSU took the first meeting in 1995.
- Bretches and Burns were joined in double figures by Weknyne Dumorne's 11 points but it wasn't enough to match the game-high 22 from Hampton's Ashley Bates and the Pirates' four players in double figures. Bates entered the contest as the second-leading scorer in the Big South and made it back-to-back games with 20-plus points.
- Meanwhile, Bretches extended her double figures streak to three-straight and came just one basket from tying a career-high mark. Both Burns and Dumorne came within a rebound of double doubles finishing the afternoon with nine apiece.
Scouting the Eagles
- Winthrop has improved in their second season under Lynette Woodard sitting at 5-7 overall entering the matchup and fresh off a Big South win over Longwood.
- The Eagles have taken down a pair of foes CSU faced earlier knocking off College of Charleston and South Carolina State.
- Winthrop has been able to nearly double last season's win total without a double figure scorer as Kem Nwabudu leads the offense with 9.3 ppg. Anika Riley adds 8.3 points and Jah'Che Whitfield averages 7.0.
- Riley sits fifth in the Big South in rebounding (8.0 rpg) while Nwabudu ranks eighth with 1.1 blocks per contest.
- Winthrop sits at 3-2 inside the Coliseum this season and has won four of their past six outings thanks to defense.
A Win on Tuesday Would
- Give the Bucs a road Big South win for the first time this season.
- Give the Bucs their second Big South road-opening win since the turn of the century, both coming at Winthrop. The Bucs won 84-64 at Radford during the 2013-14 season but was later vacated to the NCAA.
- Be the sixth win inside the Winthrop Coliseum since the turn of the century.
- Be the Bucs' first road win of the season.
- Bring the Bucs back within seven games in the all-time head-to-head matchup.