CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern used a strong second half and four players scored in double-figures as the Bucs defeated Winthrop, 81-45, on Tuesday at the Buc Dome.
CSU improves to 7-9, 2-3 following the win, while Winthrop falls to 1-15, 0-5 with the loss. Shelby Wilbanks led the Bucs with 16 points, while Rachel Burns (15 points), Ke'Asia Jackson (14 points) and Shauntavia Dobson (11 points) all scored in double-digits.
In the well-balanced team effort, CSU scored 36 points off the bench and had 25 points off turnovers in the win. The Bucs shot 47.7% from the field and 42.9% from the three-point line.
Winthrop jumped out to an early 7-2 lead following a Courtney Hagaman layup. CSU responded as Burns' trifecta put the Bucs ahead 12-11 with 2:41 left in the first quarter. Wilbanks made a layup with four seconds remaining to give CSU a 16-14 lead at the end of the first frame.
Burns, who connected on 3-of-4 three-pointers on the night, knocked down a shot from behind the arc to put CSU ahead 23-19. Dobson kept the rhythm going for the Bucs with a triple as CSU led 26-23 with 2:48 to go in the second period. Wilbanks snagged an offensive rebound and beat the buzzer with a jumper to give the Bucs a 31-27 halftime advantage.
CSU caught fire to open the third quarter as Jackson's three-pointer sparked an 11-0 run to put the Bucs ahead 42-27. The lead continued to grow as Lexii Cassell converted on two free throws to push the margin to 50-33. Dobson's trey with 19 seconds to go capped a 13-2 CSU run as the Bucs led 61-35 lead at the third stanza.
Charleston Southern picked up where it left off in the fourth quarter as the Bucs outscored the Eagles 20-10 in the final frame to secure the win.
Inside the Numbers
- Shauntavia Dobson led CSU with six assists as the Bucs spread the ball around and recorded 16 dimes.
- Paced by Tierra Steede and Weknyne Dumorne's three blocks each, Charleston Southern rejected nine total Winthrop shots.
- Potentially billed as a battle of ball security heading into the game, the Bucs had 12 steals compared to the Eagles' eight takeaways.
- Behind Lexii Cassell and Dumorne's nine rebounds apiece, CSU held a 46-34 rebounding advantage.
News and Notes
- Charleston Southern snapped a three-game Big South losing streak.
- CSU improves to 6-3, 2-1 at the Buc Dome.
- The Bucs knocked off Winthrop for the fifth straight time.
- Charleston Southern had at least four players score in double-figures for the first time since a 94-56 win over Southern Wesleyan on December 15.
CSU returns to action when the Bucs travel to play at Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 3 p.m.