Women's Basketball

Bucs battle back, but fall to FIU, 77-70

Bucs battle back, but fall to FIU, 77-70

Miami, Fla. – Charleston Southern dropped a 77-70 decision to FIU in a back-and-forth contest on Sunday at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center.

CSU fell to 2-3 on the season following the defeat, while FIU improves to 2-4 with the win. Ke'Asia Jackson led CSU in scoring with 17 points, while Njeri Nelms added 16 points. Shauntavia Dobson was also in double-digits with 10 points in the loss.

FIU took an early 11-9 lead on a Callie Cavanaugh jumper with 4:40 left in the first quarter. A Shante Walker layup gave the Panthers a 16-12 lead, before Nelms connected on a jumper to cut the lead to two points at the end of the first quarter.

Two Walker free throws capped off a 7-0 FIU run to open the second period as the Panthers led 23-14 with 5:16 remaining. Jackson hit a jumper to trim the FIU lead to 26-22. The Panthers stretched the lead back out to 30-22 before Nelms connected on a three-pointer to send the teams into the half with CSU trailing by five.

CSU opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run as Rachel Burns converted a traditional three-point play to put the Bucs ahead 38-35. Burns added a trey to give CSU a 43-39 lead with 2:24 to play in the third quarter. Dobson connected on a pair of free throws to keep the margin at four with 1:09 remaining. FIU scored six straight points to close the period and put the Panthers ahead 49-47 at the end of the third frame.

Jackson scored the first six points for CSU in the fourth quarter with a pair of free throws giving the Bucs a 53-51 lead. Nelms added a jumper to give CSU the 57-54 lead with 6:18 left in the contest. Shelby Wilbanks connected on a layup to put the Bucs back in the lead, 59-58, with 4:40 remaining. Alexis Gordon reeled off three trifectas in the next three minutes as FIU took a 69-65 lead. Nelms converted a free throw attempt to cut the lead to 71-68, but the Panthers were a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to close the game and seal the win. 

Inside the Numbers

· Ke'Asia Jackson had a season-high 17 points on 6-19 from the field and 5-5 from the free throw line. Jackson added two rebounds and one assist.

· Njeri Nelms had 16 points on 7-15 from the field. Nelms had three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

· Weknyne Dumorne had a team-high nine rebounds. Dumorne had six points on 2-2 from the field and 2-2 from the free throw line.

News and Notes

· CSU dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.

· Shauntavia Dobson was named to the All-Tournament Team after scoring ten points against FIU. Dobson had a season-high 17 points against Hartford on Saturday.

· Charleston Southern continues its three-game road stretch on Saturday at Clemson after opening the season with three straight home games.

Up Next
CSU returns to action when it travels to play at Clemson on Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m. The Bucs then return home for a meeting with South Carolina State on December 11.

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