Women's Basketball

CSU uses strong second half to pull away from Longwood in Big South opener

CSU uses strong second half to pull away from Longwood in Big South opener

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern used a strong second half including an 11-0 run to open the fourth quarter as the Buccaneers defeated Longwood, 73-57, in the Big South opener on Tuesday at the Buc Dome.

CSU improves to 6-6, 1-0 following the win, while Longwood fell to 2-10, 0-1 with the loss. Weknyne Dumorne led three Bucs in double-figures with a career-high 16 points. Njeri Nelms scored 14 points, while Lexii Cassell added 11 points in the win.

CSU held a solid 13-3 advantage in second-chance points and scored 21 points off the bench as the Bucs used their depth to their favor. A back-and-forth first half saw CSU take an 11-9 lead following Shauntavia Dobson's second three-pointer of the game. Longwood cut the lead to 18-14 after Kate Spradlin's three-pointer closed the scoring in the first frame.

Shelby Wilbanks knocked down a jumper to give CSU a 28-19 lead with 5:13 to go in the second quarter. A 7-2 Longwood run trimmed the margin to 30-26 before Anna Webster's put back at the buzzer gave the Bucs a six point halftime advantage.

CSU opened the third period in a fury as the Bucs scored seven straight points capped off by a Nelms trifecta to put CSU ahead 39-26 with 6:14 left. Ke'Asia Jackson's three-pointer gave CSU a 44-32 lead with 3:40 to go in the period. Nelms continued the barrage with a trey to put CSU ahead 53-41 at the end of the third stanza.

The Bucs picked up where they left off in the fourth quarter as a spirited 11-0 run gave CSU a 64-41 lead. Charleston Southern used solid defense down the stretch to secure the win in the Big South opener.

Inside the Numbers

  • Weknyne Dumorne scored 12 of her career-high 16 points in the first quarter. Dumorne shot 6-8 from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line.
  • Njeri Nelms scored 14 points, while adding six rebounds and two assists.
  • Lexii Cassell scored all 11 of her points in the second half. She had six rebounds and a team-high two blocks.
  • CSU held a 35-25 rebounding advantage.
  • The Bucs had a distinct 36-20 scoring advantage in the paint.
  • Charleston Southern scored 28 points off turnovers compared to Longwood's 18 points.

News and Notes

  • CSU has now won four of its last five games.
  • The Bucs won their Big South opener for the second time in the last three seasons.
  • CSU has defeated Longwood in six straight contests.
  • Charleston Southern has had at least three players score in double-figures in five straight games.

Up Next
CSU returns to action when it travels to play at Liberty on Saturday. Tipoff at the Vines Center is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN3.

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