CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern returns to the friendly confines of the Buc Dome when the Buccaneers host Radford on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. on the Big South Network.
Both teams are coming off back-to-back defeats in Big South play and narrow losses on Tuesday. CSU (6-8, 1-2) outscored Campbell 17-8 in the fourth quarter, but had its comeback attempt fall short despite a team-high 13 points from Rachel Burns. Radford (8-6, 1-2) had its 21-game home winning streak snapped on Tuesday in a rematch of the 2017 Big South Championship game against UNC Asheville.
CSU looks to continue its success at the Buc Dome where the Buccaneers are winners of three straight and 5-2 on the season. Burns' all-around game helps pace the Bucs as she ranks second at CSU in points (9.1), rebounds (6.4) and assists per game (2.1). Njeri Nelms leads CSU with 10.8 points and 2.2 assists per game, while Weknyne Dumorne guides the way with 6.5 boards and 2.2 blocks per game.
Radford was the preseason Big South favorites, but has struggled out of the gate in conference play. Jayda Worthy leads the Highlanders in scoring with 11.8 points per game. Lydia Rivers leads RU with 8.6 rebounds per game, while Claudia Quevedo paces the team with 3.0 assists per game.
Charleston Southern is 18-50 in the all-time series against Radford. In the most recent meeting, the Highlanders defeated the Bucs, 53-50, in the Big South Championship semifinals on March 11, 2017.
Inside the Numbers
- Saturday's game features two teams that know how to apply the pressure on defense. Radford is third in the Big South in scoring defense, allowing 58.5 points per game, while CSU is fourth, allowing 58.6 points per game.
- The Bucs hold a significant advantage in three-point field goal percentage as CSU is third in the league averaging 33.3% compared to Radford's ninth ranked 28.6%.
- Radford and CSU could turn Saturday's game into a block party as the Highlanders are first in the Big South with 5.1 blocks per game, while the Bucs are second averaging 4.1 blocks per game.
- Both teams boast a solid core of rebounders with each squad claiming two players in the top ten in rebounds per game. CSU's Weknyne Dumorne (6.5 rpg) and Rachel Burns (6.4 rpg) are seventh and ninth in the league, while Lydia Rivers (8.6 rpg) and Jayda Worthy (6.3 rpg) are ranked third and tenth for Radford.
News and Notes
- CSU and Radford split the regular season series last season with each team winning in their respective arena. The Highlanders broke the tie by defeating the Bucs in the Big South Championship semifinals.
- The Bucs return home after playing four of the last five games on the road.
- Charleston Southern has used eight different starting lineups this season as Ke'Asia Jackson returned to the starting five on Tuesday at Campbell.
- Both teams look to record their first win since their January 2 Big South openers.
CSU returns to the hardwood when it hosts Winthrop on Tuesday at 7 p.m.