CLEMSON, S.C. – Charleston Southern was unable to overcome a Clemson third quarter run as the Tigers defeated the Bucs, 66-30, on Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Clemson jumped out to an early 13-0 lead before CSU scored its first points on a Weknyne Dumorne layup with 5:02 left in the first quarter. A Shelby Wilbanks jumper cut the Tigers' lead to twelve until Alexis Carter's two free throws put Clemson ahead 20-6 at the end of first frame.
CSU outscored the Tigers 12-11 in the second quarter. Back-to-back Njeri Nelms three-pointers trimmed the lead to 24-14 at the media timeout. Kobi Thornton's traditional three-point play gave Clemson a 29-15 lead with 2:21 to go in the second period. A Tierra Steede layup with one second remaining narrowed the margin to 31-18 at halftime.
Clemson led 31-20 in the third quarter when the Tigers strung together a run until Anna Webster connected on a three-pointer with 6:54 left in the game. A Rachel Burns jumper cut the score to 60-28, but the Tigers pulled away by shooting 37% from the field and 73% from the free throw line.
Inside the Numbers
- Shelby Wilbanks led CSU in scoring with nine points. Wilbanks shot 3-5 from the field and 3-6 from the free throw line.
- Rachel Burns had a team-high seven rebounds. It was the fourth game this season that Burns has led the Bucs in boards.
- Lexii Cassell added four points on 4-6 from the free throw line.
News and Notes
- Charleston Southern drops its third straight game. The Bucs are still looking for their first win away from the Buc Dome.
- Tierra Steede played her first game for CSU this season.
- Charleston Southern will face another ACC opponent this season when the Bucs travel to play at Georgia Tech on December 19.
Charleston Southern has this week off for exams before returning to action next week with three straight games at the Buc Dome. CSU hosts South Carolina State on December 11 before hosting Columbia International in a rescheduled game on December 13. Charleston Southern closes the week with Southern Wesleyan on December 15.