CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern opens the 2016-17 season on Saturday as the Buccaneers make the trip to Morgantown's WVU Coliseum to take on No. 22/25 nationally ranked West Virginia. Tipoff between the Bucs and the Mountaineers is set for 4 p.m. with free live video and audio stream on WVUsports.com.
This is the first meeting between CSU women's basketball and the Big 12 school. Last week, WVU earned the No. 22 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Preseason Poll. The week prior, the Mountaineers were ranked No. 25 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Preseason Poll. In October, the head coaches of the Big 12 Conference voted and predicted WVU women's basketball to finish fourth in the conference this season.
Charleston Southern was picked seventh overall in the Big South annual coaches poll. Redshirt senior guard Alyssa Mann was selected to the 2016-17 Big South All-Conference Second Team.
Women's Basketball Game Notes - vs. West Virginia University
Scouting West Virginia
West Virginia has seen 13 straight years of postseason success and five consecutive NCAA appearances under Head Coach Mike Carey. WVU finished the 2015-16 season with a 25-10 overall record and a 12-6 third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season, where they reached the second round for the ninth time. Nationally, WVU's 2016-17 team was ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 Preseason Poll and No. 25 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Preason Poll. Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, Lanay Montgomery, returns for her senior season, averaging 8.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. Tynice Martin, the 2016 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, also returns to the Mountaineers' roster after averaging 10.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Martin also earned Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. WVU's leading scorer, Teana Muldrow, returns for her junior year after tallying 10.6 points per game last season. The Mountaineers welcome Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, Kristina King, averaging 19.1 points and 8.8 rebounds for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Champion Gulf Coast State.
Recapping CSU's Last Game - Liberty 68, Charleston Southern 53 (March 11, 2016)
Charleston Southern's Big South Women's Basketball Championship run ended in the Quarterfinal round as the No. 7 Buccaneers fell to the No. 2 Liberty Flames on Friday night in Kimmel Arena, 68-53. Alyssa Mann scored 13 points, while Shauntavia Dobson scored 11 points, including three second half three-pointers, for the Buccaneers (14-17) on the night, but CSU was unable to offset Liberty's size advantage in the paint as the Flames utilized a 55-22 rebounding advantage in taking the win. Mann closed out her CSU career going 5-for-12 from the floor and finished with two assists and a steal in 40 minutes action on the court. The senior guard kept the Bucs in the game in the first half with seven early points as CSU trailed 27-21 at the break.
Bucs Non-Conference Matchups
The Buccaneers will spend the first half of the season competing against nine different NCAA conferences made up of DI and DII schools and one NAIA conference opponent.
|Sat., Nov. 12||at #22/25 West Virginia*||Big 12 Conference|
|Tue., Nov. 15||Southern Wesleyan**||Conference Carolinas|
|Fri., Nov. 18||Paine**||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf|
|Tue., Nov. 22||at North Carolina*||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Sat., Nov. 26||at Lipscomb*||Atlantic Sun Conference|
|Sun., Dec. 04||South Carolina State*||Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference|
|Mon., Dec. 12||Georgia Southern*||Sun Belt Conference|
|Fri., Dec. 16||Montreat%||Appalachian Athletic Conference|
|Mon., Dec. 19||Wofford*||Southern Conference|
|Thu., Dec. 22||Col. of Charleston*||Colonial Athletic Association|
|Fri., Dec. 30||at Western Carolina*||Southern Conference|
* - indicates NCAA Division I school
** - indicates NCAA Division II school
% - indicates NAIA Division II Conference school