Charleston Southern will travel to Longwood as the Buccanneers take on the Lancers on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff at Willett Hall is set for 2:00 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 - at Longwood
Longwood entered the 2016-17 slate ranked No. 9 in the Big South Preseason Poll. The Lancers are currently ranked No. 10 in the league with an overall record of 3-15 and a 0-7 record in Big South play. Longwood has been topped by Presbyterian, UNC Asheville, Gardner-Webb, Radford, Liberty and Campbell and is coming off a Tuesday night loss at Winthrop, falling to the Eagles 78-72. Saturday marks CSU's 13th meeting with Longwood. While the Lancers hold the 8-4 advantage in the series, the Buccaneers have won the last three meetings between the programs.
Longwood welcomed five newcomers for the 2016-17 season and are led by returning starters Micaela Ellis and Eboni Gilliam. Ellis leads the Big South with average minutes played (36.3) and is ranked second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio (1.3). The 5-5 junior guard is also ranked third in the conference with 70 assists on the season for an average of 3.5 assists per game and sixth for most steals per game (1.8). Gilliam, a 6-0 senior forward, leads the Lancers with a scoring average of 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, recording four double-double performances on the season.
Head Coach Bill Reinson is in his seventh season with Longwood's Women's Basketball program and his 14th season in the athletics department. During his tenure, Reinson has guided the Lancers to a 47-128 mark since taking over as interim head coach on December 6, 2010. He was officially named to the head coach position following the 2010-11 season on April 12, 2011. Prior to taking over the women's program, Reinson was an assistant coach with Longwood's men's basketball program. Additionally, he served as an assistant women's coach for the final 13 games of the 2002-03 season under Longwood's all-time winningest coach and 2015 Longwood Hall of Fame inductee Shirley Duncan.
Last Time Against Longwood (Big South Championship - First Round)
Charleston Southern 72, Longwood 50 (March 10, 2016)
Alyssa Mann scored a game-high 23 points as No. 7 Charleston Southern topped No. 10 Longwood in the Big South Women's Basketball Championships First Round on Thursday afternoon in Kimmel Arena, 72-50.
The Buccaneers (14-16) led from start to finish in topping the Lancers for the third time in the 2015-16 season. CSU went up by double-digits in the first quarter and led by 20 at the half in eliminating Longwood from postseason play. Mann went 9-for-14 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from behind the arc, for her seventh 20 point game of the season. She finished with two rebounds and two steals in the win over the Lancers.
Rachel Burns was also in double-digits with 12 points in the win with the freshman guard connecting on 4-of-11 from the floor. The Bucs shot 39.7% overall in the game, including 52.9% in the first half on their way to building a 41-21 lead. Monique Maximilien (9) and Elyse Kiploks (8) combined for 17 rebounds as the Bucs held the 54-35 rebounding edge over the Lancers. The Bucs out-scored Longwood 21-10 in second chance points and held the 26-16 advantage in bench points in the contest.
Micaela Ellis (11), Deborah Headen (10) and Daeisha Brown (10) were all in double-digits for Longwood in the loss.
Burns sparked the Bucs offense in the first quarter with seven points as CSU jumped out to an 18-8 lead at the 1:55 mark. Breanna Saunders added a late layup in the quarter to give the Bucs the 22-12 lead at the break. Charleston Southern continued to press their advantage in the second quarter as CSU utilized a 9-0 run with Mann connecting on a three-pointer and a layup during the stretch in building a 33-15 lead. CSU's lead reached 20 points with 2:49 remaining on a Kiploks jumper in the paint as CSU went into the break with 41-21 lead.
The Bucs' lead reached 27 in the third quarter following a Burns' three-pointer at the 2:59 mark and Longwood was unable to bring the game back within 19 the rest of the way as CSU topped the Lancers.
Recapping CSU's Last Game
Charleston Southern 64, Gardner-Webb 57 (January 24, 2017)
Charleston Southern mounted a second half comeback to top Gardner-Webb 64-57 in the Buc Dome on Tuesday night.
The Buccaneers (10-8, 4-3) were paced by Big South leading scorer Ke'Asia Jackson's 22 points. Elyse Kiploks scored a career-high 15 points and recorded seven rebounds, while Alyssa Mann contributed 11 points and tied Jackson with a game-high of five assists in the Buccaneer win.
Gardner-Webb (8-10, 3-4) led for most of the first half and had a strong first quarter, shooting 63 percent (5-8) from beyond the arc for a 22-12 lead after ten minutes. The Runnin' Bulldogs offense was fueled by the double-digit performances of Alexus Hill (17) and Tierra Huntsman (15) with each player connecting on a trio of three-pointers in the Gardner-Webb defeat.
Jackson recorded the Bucs' first six points of the second quarter in helping CSU outscore the Runnin' Bulldogs 16-10 in the second quarter and cut GWU's lead down to 32-28 at halftime.
The Bucs came out the halftime break clicking on all cylinders as Mann opened the second half with a corner jumper. CSU maintained control with a steal from Kiploks that the Bucs converted into another basket to tie the game at 32-32 less than a minute into the third quarter. Gardner-Webb continued to struggle with ball control as Burns recorded a steal that Kiploks finished with a layup for the Buccaneers' first lead since the first quarter. Kiploks went on to score a team-high 14 points in the period as CSU shot for 79 percent (11-14) to end the third quarter with a 55-46 lead over Gardner-Webb.
Both teams had a low-scoring fourth quarter, but the Buccaneers never relinquished the lead. Burns and Bretches both drove in for layups for the Bucs, while Huntsman and Hill were the only Gardner-Webb players to score over the final ten minutes. A tough CSU defense forced eight GWU turnovers over a six-minute span and Mann closed out the Buccaneers' comeback with two trips to the free throw line in the final 15 seconds of the 64-57 victory at home.
Buccaneers' Standings in the Big South and the NCAA
- Alyssa Mann leads the Big South with 4.5 assists per game and is ranked 94th in the NCAA
- Alyssa Mann is 3rd in the Big South in steals per game with 2.19 and 97th in the NCAA
- Alyssa Mann is 5th in the Big South in points per game with 12.8
- Ke'Asia Jackson leads the Big South in points per game with 16.1
- Ke'Asia Jackson leads the Big South in free-throw percentage with 90.8 and is ranked 8th in the NCAA with 92.1 percent
- Ke'Asia Jackson is 2nd in the Big South in field-goal percentage with 44.8
- Elyse Kiploks is 3rd in the Big South in blocked shots with 23
- Elyse Kiploks is 3rd in the Big South in blocked shots per game with 1.4
- Rachel Burns is 4th in the Big South in steals per game with 2.1
Team Standings in the Big South and the NCAA
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnovers forced with 21.53 and is ranked 17th in the NCAA
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in turnover margin with 5.94 and is ranked 23rd in the NCAA with 5.47
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals with 150
- Charleston Southern leads the Big South in steals per game with 8.82
- Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assists with 224
- Charleston Southern is 2nd in the Big South in assists per game with 13.18
- Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in fewest turnovers with 273
- Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in blocked shots with 54
- Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in blocked shots per game with 3.2
- Charleston Southern is 3rd in the Big South in won-lost percentage with 52.9