CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Seniors Rachel Burns and Weknyne Dumorne were named to the 2018 Big South Preseason All-Conference second team and Charleston Southern was tabbed to finish sixth in the preseason coaches' poll, as announced Tuesday by the conference office.
Burns, a senior guard from Gainesville, Va., is coming off a junior campaign in which she averaged 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Burns is the Bucs' leading returning scorer from a season ago and set a new career-best mark in rebounds. She also finished second in the conference with 2.1 steals per game and scored a career-high 28 points in a win over Columbia International.
While donning a Buccaneer uniform, Burns has averaged 9.0 points per contest – a career-best 10.9 as a sophomore – while collecting more rebounds each season (2.5 as a freshman, 4.8 as a sophomore and 5.3 as a junior). Burns also enters the season on the cusp of 1,000 career points needing just over 150 to become the 16th player in program history to reach the milestone.
Dumorne is set for her second season in a Buccaneer uniform after impressing as a junior last year. Dumorne paced the Big South Conference in blocks (2.0 per game) while adding 8.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. A transfer from Broward, Dumorne deterred three-or-more opponents' shots 10 times in 2017-18.
Dumorne had a breakout debut season with CSU as she led all Big South newcomers in rebounding (7.7 per game), blocks (2.0 per game) and defensive rebounds (5.2 per game). The senior forward also turned in six double-doubles – at Liberty, High Point, at Longwood, Gardner-Webb, at High Point and Winthrop – with all six coming in Big South play.
The 2018-19 season made it back-to-back seasons CSU was tabbed among the top-six and is tied for the highest preseason ranking since a No. 4 ranking prior to the 2010-11 campaign.
Radford was tabbed to win their second title in three seasons while High Point, UNC Asheville and newcomer Hampton rounded out the top-four. High Point's Emma Bockrath was voted preseason Player of the Year for the second time in as many seasons.
Burns, Dumorne and the rest of the Bucs tipoff the season November 6 when Converse comes to town.
2018-19 Preseason Coaches' Poll
2. High Point
3. UNC Asheville
6. Charleston Southern
9. USC Upstate
2018-19 Preseason All-Conference Teams
Emma Bockrath, High Point (Preseason Player of the Year)
Destinee Walker, Radford
Jessica Wall, UNC Asheville
Kacie Hall, Presbyterian College
K'lynn Willis, Hampton