Women's Basketball

WBB Preview: CSU welcomes Paine for Friday night showdown in the Buc Dome

WBB Preview: CSU welcomes Paine for Friday night showdown in the Buc Dome

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will clash with Paine in their second home game of the 2016-17 season as the Buccaneers host the Lions on Friday night at the Buc Dome.  Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. on the Big South Network and fans can follow the action via Live Stats on CSUsports.com and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameDay.

Women's Basketball Game Notes - vs. Paine

Overcoming Paine
Friday marks the fifth meeting between the Buccaneers and the Lions.  CSU has recorded two wins and two losses against Paine, and in their last two meetings, the Bucs defeated the Lions 69-62 (2015-16) and 82-70 (2012-13) under head coach Fred Applin.  Paine has not seen a victory over the Buccaneers since the 1985-86 season. 

Scouting Paine

Paine enters Friday's matchup with a 1-0 record following their 82-80 victory at Shaw University on Wednesday.  The Lions were tied with the Bears seven times in the fourth quarter before a free-throw shot from Tierra Boykin gave Paine a one point lead with just 15 seconds left.  Paine would go to the line one more time and sink one of two free-throws to close out the game.

The Bears are led by senior forward Janisha Wilkerson, who put up 21 points, shot 59% from the floor and recorded 10 rebounds for a double-double in Paine's season-opener.  Senior forward Aalyiha Wright, along with sophomore guard Tierra Boykin and freshman guard Simira Huggins also recorded double-digits in the close contest.

Last Time against Paine
Charleston Southern 69, Paine, 62 (November 16, 2015)
Alyssa Mann scored a game-high 25 points to lead four Buccaneers in double-digits as Charleston Southern topped Paine on Monday night in the Buc Dome, 69-62.  Mann scored 15 points in the second period to spark the Bucs (1-1) to a double-digit lead at the half and the senior guard added eight more points in the fourth to hold off the Lions in CSU's 2015-16 home opener. Monique Maximilien finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. The senior center recorded a career-high seven blocked shots in the game, while leading the Bucs from the free throw line in hitting eight of 11 attempts. Overall, the Bucs went 16-for-25 from the charity stripe.

Alecia Hardy added 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, while Shauntavia Dobson connected on a trio of three-pointers, including one just before the third period buzzer to finish with 11 points in the contest.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
Charleston Southern 80, Southern Wesleyan 57 (November 15, 2016)
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.  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.

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.

Sophomore Standouts
Sophomore guards Ke'Asia Jackson and Rachel Burns have recorded double digits in back-to-back games this season.  The duo were the top scorers in the Bucs season-opener at West Virginia, putting up 10 points apiece.  Burns also tied her career-high of eight rebounds in the contest and Jackson had a game-high of five steals.  The underclassmen stayed on top of their game against Southern Wesleyan as two of three Bucs to score double digits in the contest.




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