Women's Basketball

Bucs stifle Lions’ roar with 75-67 victory over Paine at home

Bucs stifle Lions’ roar with 75-67 victory over Paine at home

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern (2-1) fought through a physical game against Paine (1-1) to capture their second consecutive win at home on Friday night as the Buccaneers topped the Lions' in the Buc Dome, 75-67.

The contest consisted of a combined total of 48 fouls, with four of CSU's starters recording four fouls apiece and one of Paine's starters fouling out of the game.

"We've played Paine several times and they've always been a scrappy and tough team," CSU head coach Fred Applin said.

Breannah Bretches had a breakout performance, as the junior transfer was one of two Buccaneer players to put up double-digits, scoring 13 points along with three rebounds and two assists.

"We needed Breannah when Alyssa Mann and Ke'Asia Jackson got their fourth foul, Applin said.  "She came off the bench and played solid tonight, which is something we expect from her this season.  She did a really great job."

Alyssa Mann was the other CSU player to contribute double-digits to the Bucs' offense, with the redshirt-senior recording 20 points in the contest for her ninth-career 20+ points performance.

Paine opened the game aggressively, winning the jump ball and putting up eight unanswered points in the first several minutes of the game.  But the Bucs would capture the momentum shortly after with a defense that facilitated 10 fast breaks by the end of the first period.

Although CSU held the lead for all but the opening minutes of the game, Paine consistently tried to put the hurt on the Buccaneers.  The Lions shot an impressive 70.4% from the charity line, sinking 19 of 27 free throws.

"We knew from the get-go with our scouting report that they are very good free-throw shooters and a lot of their points did come from the free-throw line," Applin said.

Paine had three players shoot for double-digits.  Senior forward Janisha Wilkerson led the Lions with 15 points and six blocks.  Sophomore guard Tierra Boykin and senior forward Chasity Mullins also gave strong performances with each player scoring 14 points and two steals.

CSU turns its attention to next week as women's basketball travels to Carmichael Arena to take on North Carolina.  Tipoff between the Buccaneers and the Tarheels is set for 3:00 p.m.

 

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