CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will travel to Western Carolina to face the Catamounts on Friday afternoon. Tipoff at Ramsey Regional Activity Center is set for 2:00 p.m. and fans can follow the action via Live Stats on CSUsports.com and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameDay.
Women's Basketball Game Notes - at Western Carolina
Scouting Western Carolina
Western Carolina enters Friday's matchup with a 4-10 record. The Catamounts have recorded wins against North Greenville, Eastern Kentucky, Florida A&M and High Point, while falling to Clemson, Tennessee-Martin, UNC Asheville, Duquesne, San Francisco, Campbell, No. 8 Florida State, Radford and Gardner-Webb. WCU is coming off Wednesday's 78-43 loss on the road at Georgia. Friday marks the Buccaneers' ninth meeting with the Catamounts. WCU holds a 6-2 advantage in the series, but was most recently defeated by CSU last season.
The Catamounts' offense is led by Sherae Bonner and Raziyah Farrington. Bonner is averaging 10.6 points per game for a total of 148 points this season, while Farrington has put up 147 points for a 10.5 point average. Both players are shooting 42% from the floor respectively and Farrington is tied for most baskets made from beyond the arc, with 16 field goals this season. Bonner also leads WCU's defense, with the 6-2 junior forward averaging 10.5 rebounds per game and earning 27 blocks so far in the 2016-17 slate.
The Catamounts are coached by Stephanie McCormick. McCormick is in her second season as head coach after two stints as an assistant coach at WCU. She has served at five different institutions (Siena, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Charlotte, UNC Wilmington) and her teams have made nine postseason appearances, with four apiece in both the NCAA Tournament and WNIT.
Last Time Against Western Carolina
Charleston Southern 80, Western Carolina 59 (December 22, 2015)
Alyssa Mann reached the 20 point mark for the fifth game this season and Monique Maximilien recorded her fourth double-double of the year as Charleston Southern topped Western Carolina on Tuesday night heading into Christmas break, 80-59. Mann shot 9-of-14 from the field to pace a CSU (6-5) offensive output as the Bucs shot 46.8% from the floor in their sixth home win of the 2015 season in the Buc Dome. Mann finished the contest with 22 points, five assists and added three steals in the win. Maximilien added 12 points and 12 rebounds as the senior center played a team-high 30 minutes in the victory for her fourth double-double of the year, while Rachel Burns scored a season-high 17 points in her fifth start of the season. CSU's defensive efforts carried the Bucs in the game as CSU forced 22 Western Carolina (3-8) turnovers in building a 19-3 advantage in points off turnovers in the game.
The Catamounts fought to keep the game within reach in the second quarter, bringing the game within five at 24-19 following the Raziyah Farrington layup at the 7:28 mark. Western Carolina narrowed the margin down to 14 at the 8:10 mark in the fourth quarter on a Lindsey Burleson layup, but that was it for the Catamounts on the afternoon as CSU built a 21 point lead following a late Georgia Elliott-King layup on their way to cruising to the victory. Ace Easter led the Catamounts with 15 points from the floor, while Burleson had a double-double off the bench for WCU with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Farrington was also in double-digits with 10 points.
Recapping CSU's Last Game
College of Charleston 79, Charleston Southern 76 (December 22, 2016)
Charleston Southern was narrowly defeated in their clash with local rival College of Charleston as the Buccaneers fell to the Cougars in the Buc Dome on Thursday afternoon, 79-76. After the stomach flu kept her out of Monday night's game, Alyssa Mann fought back hard for the Buccaneers (6-4) and scored a game-high 21 points. Ke'Asia Jackson (18), Rachel Burns (14) and Brianna Lakes (10) also went double-digits in the contest, and Elyse Kiploks had a game-high 13 boards. All five CSU starters set the tempo early and found at least one basket within the first six minutes of the game.
In a game of back-and-fourth, the Cougars pushed ahead in the fourth quarter with a pair of free throws just before the final minute ticked down. Jackson responded with a basket and an and-one to give the Bucs the 75-74 lead with 48 seconds on the clock. Boyd answered with a layup to return the lead to College of Charleston, but Mann tied it back up from the free the line with 16 seconds remaining.
Tanisha Brown picked up a loose ball offensive rebound and put it in with seven seconds left to swing the lead back to the Cougars. After a Charleston Southern timeout, Jackson drove the ball into the paint and squared up to get off the potential-tying jumper, but was called for traveling. On the ensuing inbound play, Jackson was called for an defensive foul that sent Nola Henry to the stripe, giving the Cougars a 79-76 lead with 1.3 seconds on the clock. Mann's desperation half-court attempt sailed left of the basket at the buzzer to end the contest.
She's the Mann
Last year, she scored 22 points against the Catamounts. If she can pull off a repeat performance this year, Alyssa Mann will become just the 15th player in CSU women's basketball history to join the 1,000 point club. The redshirt senior entered the 2016-17 season with 835 career points, and eight double-digit games, including four 20+ games, have put Mann at 143 points this season, for a career total of 978 points. The 2016-17 Big South Preseason All-Conference Second Team pick was last season's lone player in the Big South to sit in the top six in multiple conference statistical categories, including points per game (13.7, 4th), assists per game (2.8, 6th) and steals per game (1.8, 5th). She was also among the conference leaders in three-point percentage, field goal percentage, three-pointers per game and minutes per game. Mann scored 20-plus points in seven different games last season, including a career-high 29 in CSU's 74-64 win over Wofford.