CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern women's basketball begins their preseason practice slate Tuesday afternoon inside the Buc Dome. Led by head coach Fred Applin, CSU returns three starters from last year's squad that advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference Tournament.
Applin and his staff see the return of senior guards Ke'Asia Jackson and Rachel Burns, who both have the chance to reach the 1,000 point milestone this season. Jackson and Burns are also surrounded by Weknyne Dumorne and Shelby Wilbanks in the post after the two averaged nearly 18.0 points per game last season while Dumorne led the Big South with her 2.0 blocks per game.
"I'm excited to be back on the court with the girls for my last go round. As a senior, I expect the team to come in each day and compete," Rachel Burns said. "That goes from seniors all the way down to freshmen. If we can buy into the idea of winning each day, then we will be very successful during the season and we'll be a fore during conference play. I just want this to be unforgettable for all the right reasons and it starts Tuesday."
"My expectations for the season are very high. I expect big things and the ultimate goal is to have a winning season," Ke'Asia Jackson said. "It feels great to be back with the girls. I think having six seniors gives us a bit of an advantage because it means we have more experience in some areas."
In her time donning a Charleston Southern uniform, Bretches has averaged just under 6.0 points per game while shooting .371 from the floor and .298 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Cassell averaged just under 5.0 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per contest while shooting .313 from the floor and averaging 23.7 minutes last season.
"My staff and I are excited about the first day of practice because of the unified high energy players that will be led by six seniors," Applin said.
CSU tips their season off November 6 when Converse comes to the Buc Dome.