FARMVILLE, Va. - Paced by a career-high 25 points from Rachel Burns, Charleston Southern picked up its fifth Big South Conference win of the season with a convincing 62-47 road win over Longwood on Saturday afternoon.
The Buccaneers (11-8, 5-3) turned a 25-22 halftime lead into a double-digit advantage after the third quarter on the way to recording CSU's third straight conference win. The Bucs also recorded their first conference road win of the season with the 15-point victory over the Lancers (3-16, 0-8).
Burns went 11-for-20 from the floor to pace a 49.1% shooting day from the floor for the Bucs in her second 20-point game of the season. The sophomore guard added nine rebounds to pace CSU to the 39-30 advantage on the glass in the win.
Ke'Asia Jackson was also in double-digits for the Bucs with 10 points in the contest. The Big South's leading scorer entering the game, Jackson was 5-of-11 from the floor and added a pair of steals in the contest.
Jackson and Burns paced CSU with four points apiece in the first quarter in building the 14-10 advantage after the first 10 minutes. The Bucs ended the quarter on a 6-2 run with Jasmine Blackmon contributing two of her six first-half points with a layup with 15 seconds left in the period in building the four-point advantage.
Blackmon added CSU's first two baskets of the second quarter as the Bucs stretched their advantage to 18-13 less than 75 seconds into the period. Longwood cut the Bucs' lead down to 20-19 with 1:44 left in the quarter following a pair of Micaela Ellis' free throws. Burns connected on five straight points to end the first half and give CSU the 25-22 lead at the break.
CSU utilized a 10-3 run in the third quarter to take its first double-digit lead of the game at 39-29 following a Burns' three-pointer with 4:06 left in the period. Brianna Lakes and Tierra Steede both added layups late to give CSU the 46-33 advantage after three periods.
Longwood narrowed the CSU lead to within single digits at 46-38 following a Kate Spradlin layup and a Khaila Hall three-pointer with 9:20 to go. Burns silenced the Lancers' threat with a stretch with seven straight points to help the Bucs put the game away.
Ellis and Spradlin led Longwood with nine points apiece in the loss, while Autumn Childress led the team with nine rebounds in the contest.
- Charleston Southern's win over the Lancers was CSU's fourth in a row. The Bucs took all three matchups against Longwood last season, including a win in the Big South Conference Championships First Round.
- After starting conference play with back-to-back losses to Liberty and Campbell, the Bucs have won five of their last six, including double-digit victories over Winthrop, Radford, and Longwood.
- CSU shot a season-high 49.1% (26-53) from the floor in the contest, surpassing the previous high of 45.5% set earlier this season on December 12 in a 55-54 win over Georgia Southern.
- The Bucs also shot a season-high 44.4% (4-of-9) from three-point range, only the second time this season the Bucs have surpassed the 40% mark (41.7%, 10-of-26, November 15 vs. Southern Wesleyan).
- Charleston Southern dominated the defensive glass on Saturday afternoon with a season-high 31 defensive rebounds. The Bucs limited Longwood to only six second-chance points in the game.
- Ke'Asia Jackson was in double-digits for the 16th game this season. The Big South's leading scorer coming into the game, Jackson is averaging 15.3 points per game on the year.
- Freshman forward Jasmine Blackmon continues to score efficiently on the season after hitting all three of her shot attempts in the game. Blackmon is connecting on a season-high 59.0% of her FG attempts on the year, 67.9% of her attempts in conference play.
"It's always tough playing at Longwood. It's great winning on the road, especially in conference play. The team played well today and played together. It was team basketball. Rachel Burns had a great game and we needed that from her today." - CSU head coach Fred Applin following the win at Longwood.
Charleston Southern remains on the road as the Buccaneers travel to UNC Asheville for a Tuesday night matchup against the Big South preseason favorite. Tipoff in Kimmel Arena is set for 7 p.m. on the Big South Network.