HIGH POINT, N.C. – A pair of 18-point scorers and a second-half comeback pushed High Point past the Charleston Southern women's basketball team Saturday afternoon as the home Panthers took an 71-64 decision in overtime.
Charleston Southern (5-13, 2-5 Big South) was able to effectively keep Big South Preseason Player of the Year Emma Bockrath from making any offensive contributions and kept High Point (12-6, 5-2 Big South) to just 17 first-half points, but 54 points in the second half and overtime propelled them past CSU.
The Bucs saw big offensive days from seniors Ke'Asia Jackson (18 points, two assists), Breannah Bretches (16 points, four assists) and Rachel Burns (12 points, two steals) but the home Panthers got late baskets from Camryn Brown (18 points, nine assists) to force the decisive overtime period.
CSU came out firing on all cylinders with a 10-0 run in the opening four-plus minutes, then closed the half on a 6-0 spurt. The Bucs also held n 18-point lead, but the home Panthers chipped away over the course of the second half to force overtime on a Brown trey with :20 left on the clock.
The loss snapped a chance for three-straight road wins for CSU as they have a chance to get back on track Tuesday night on ESPN3 at Gardner-Webb.
How it Happened
- CSU opened the game on a 10-0 run and held 14-7 lead after the first thanks to eight early points from Breannah Bretches.
- The Buccaneer defense kept the clamps down holding High Point to just 17 first-half points and carrying a 28-17 margin into the halftime break.
- High Point responded with a quick spurt in the third, but the Bucs responded with a Rachel Burns And-1 then Bretches put-back layup at the buzzer for a 13-point lead heading into the final stanza.
- The Panthers closed the gap in the fourth and used a Camryn Brown three-point bucket with just :20 in regulation to force the decisive overtime.
- High Point used their size advantage in the second half grabbing offensive rebounds for second-chance points while knocking down over .333 of their second-half shots.
News and Notes
- Senior guard Breannah Bretches set new career-high marks in rebounding (seven) and blocks (two) while dishing out four assists and collecting three steals to go along with her 16 points.
- Ke'Asia Jackson tallied a team-high 18 points in the loss, her seventh time leading the Bucs in scoring and 10th time in double figures this season.
- Saturday was just the second time CSU fell when leading at halftime while dropping to 0-2 in overtime contests.
The Bucs will seek another road win Tuesday night as they travel to Gardner-Webb for a bout on ESPN3, searching for their third win away from home in the past four tries. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. from Boiling Spring, N.C.