CHARLESTON, S.C. – Four of the five Charleston Southern seniors that saw the floor finished the game in double figures, and the Bucs rolled to a 79-67 win over Longwood behind a strong second half to close the regular season.
CSU (12-17, 9-9 Big South) saw another big performance from the senior class of Ke'Asia Jackson, Rachel Burns, Breannah Bretches, Shelby Wilbanks and Lexii Cassell as they never trailed for the fourth time this season. Longwood (3-26, 2-16 Big South) was led by 14 points from Dayna Rouse and 11 from Ciarah Bennett, but were plagued by turnovers in the loss.
Both teams struggled to get the offense going with just a 16-8 score through the first, but a second-half surge flipped the switch as both squads finished above .400 and CSU shooting a blazing .517.
Wilbanks and Jackson paced the offense with 15 points each while Bretches added 13 and Dumorne added 12 for the Bucs. Wilbanks also pulled down a team-high seven boards and Dumorne dished out five assists and picked off three Longwood passes.
The win guarantees a home game for the Bucs in a 7/10 matchup Tuesday night from the Buc Dome and a second nine-win Big South record over the last three seasons.
How It Happened
- Both offenses shook-off slow starts as CSU forced nine turnovers in the first quarter for a 16-8 lead. Longwood was able to pull down nine offensive boards in the opening stanza as well, but couldn't collect any second-chance points.
- Charleston Southern built a 15-point first half lead thanks to points off turnovers, but Longwood responded with a 7-0 run to close the half and make it a 32-25 margin.
- CSU came out knocking down shots scoring 27 in the third led by 13 from Ke'Asia Jackson. The Bucs hit 11 of their 16 field goals to build on their lead before grabbing one as large as 18 in the fourth.
- Longwood hung around and matched the Bucs with field goals on the other end, but efficient free throw shooting and 20 forced turnovers pushed CSU to the win.
News and Notes
- Rachel Burns set the women's basketball record for most starts in a career, collecting No. 116 Saturday on Senior Day.
- Ke'Asia Jackson tied for a game-high 15 points alongside senior Shelby Wilbanks as four of the five seniors capped-off their day in double figures.
- CSU was able to turn Longwood mistakes into points scoring 23 off 20 Lancer miscues.
- The Bucs collected their second sweep over a conference opponent and extended their win streak over Longwood to 10-striaght.
- CSU is also one of the hottest teams in the conference entering the tournament having won seven of their last nine contests.
CSU begins the First Round of the 2019 Big South Championships Tuesday night with a home bout in the 7/10 matchup with USC Upstate. Tipoff will be at 7 p.m. from the Buc Dome and the Bucs go for their third win of the season over the Spartans.