CHARLESTON, S.C. – Rachel Burns scored a career-high 28 points to lead Charleston Southern to a convincing 91-39 win over Columbia International on Wednesday at the Buc Dome.
CSU improves to 3-5 following the win, while Columbia International falls to 1-11 with the loss. Shelby Wilbanks joined Burns in double-figures with 13 points, while Shauntavia Dobson had a double-double with 11 points and ten assists.
A Burns layup gave the Bucs an early 11-2 lead with 5:18 left in the first quarter. Njeri Nelms' three-pointer put CSU ahead 18-6 before a Jordan Spruell jumper made it 18-8 at the end of the first frame.
A back-and-forth second quarter saw the Rams cut the margin to 22-14 on Zeleria Simpson's jumper with 4:54 to go in the period. Burns connected on a trifecta to give CSU a 26-15 lead. A Dumorne free throw put the Bucs ahead 29-18 at halftime.
Charleston Southern came out on fire in the third quarter, outscoring CIU 40-8 in the frame. Holding a 41-24 lead, CSU went on a 28-2 run over the next 7:05 in the period. A Wilbanks tip-in gave the Bucs a 69-26 lead at the end of the third quarter.
CSU's lead grew to 80-29 following a Tierra Steede jumper with 4:36 left in the game. The Bucs led by as many as 57 on their way to securing the win and snapping a four-game losing streak.
Inside the Numbers
- Rachel Burns shot 12-16 from the field and 4-5 from the three-point line. She added six rebounds and five steals.
- Shelby Wilbanks shot 6-10 from the field and 1-1 from the free throw line, while adding five rebounds and an assist.
- Anna Webster had a career-high nine points, adding four rebounds and four assists.
- Lexii Cassell had a career-high 11 rebounds to go with three assists and a steal.
- Charleston Southern's bench was key to the Bucs win as CSU outscored CIU 36-0 off the bench.
- The Bucs took advantage of 25 CIU turnovers, converting them to 28 points on the other end.
- CSU's rebounding edge (46-39) helped power the Bucs inside the paint as Charleston Southern outscored CIU 42-20 down low.
- The Bucs out-ran the Rams in the win with the 22-8 edge in fast break points.
- CSU eclipsed the 50% field goal percentage mark for the second time this season as the Bucs shot 54.9% from the floor in the contest, including 77.9% in the game-clinching third quarter.
- The Bucs tied their season high with ten three-pointers in the contest led by Burns' four triples from deep.
News and Notes
- Shauntavia Dobson recorded the first double-double of her CSU career.
- Charleston Southern is now 3-0 all-time against Columbia International.
- CSU improves to 3-2 at the Buc Dome this season.
- The Bucs scored the most points since a 98-35 win over Trinity Baptist on November 15, 2014.
- Charleston Southern's 11 blocked shots established a new school single game record, topping the mark of 10 set in three separate games. The Bucs reached 10 blocked shots against UNC Asheville in 2008, Benedict in 1998, and Paine in 2015.
- The Bucs' 24 assists in the game tied for the 10th most all-time in a single game in school history, equaling the marks set against Oglethorpe (2002) and Montreat (2014).
CSU concludes a five-day, three-game stretch when the Bucs host Southern Wesleyan on Friday at 5 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with CSU's men's basketball team.