CHARLESTON, S.C. – Three Buccaneer players went double-digits as Charleston Southern topped Southern Wesleyan, 80-57, in their home-opener at the Buc Dome on Tuesday night.
"I think we did a lot of good things tonight that will help prepare us for our Friday game against Paine," said CSU head coach Fred Applin.
Alyssa Mann put up 21 points for the Buccaneers (1-1), marking the redshirt senior's 8th career 20+ points game. After being the only CSU players to put up double-digits against No. 22 West Virginia, sophomores Ke'Asia Jackson and Rachel Burns proved their offensive talent once again, with Jackson scoring 14 and Burns connecting on six out of 10 field goals for 15 points in the contest.
"Last year, Ke'Asia and Rachel were freshmen and were still learning the system," Applin said. "This season, they've stepped up and taken ownership. I think Rachel has a high ceiling and Ke'Asia is playing the best basketball I've seen her play in a long time."
The Buccaneers got on the board early, winning the jump ball and finding the basket within the first five seconds of the game. CSU's offense kept the momentum and put up 15 unanswered points in the first period and never trailed in the contest. Mann and Jackson each hit double-digits shortly after the start of the second period and Burns found her 12th point a minute into the third period. Mann made half of her three-pointer attempts (5-10) and Burns shot a solid 67% from beyond the arc.
Southern Wesleyan (1-2) was led by Breanna Richardson and Tatiana Manuel, but each player was held to single-digits by a tough Buccaneer defense. CSU's Elyse Kiploks proved powerful at the post, recording 12 rebounds and one block for the Bucs.
Second-year guard Georgia Elliott-King shined in her five minutes of play and shot a perfect two for two from the floor, draining a three-pointer in the last ten seconds of the game. Newcomer Anna Webster also made her mark as the freshman guard shot 67% from the floor and connected on a three-pointer before the end of the first half.
CSU remains home this week as the Buccaneers host Paine at the Buc Dome on Friday night. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. on the Big South Network.