CHARLESTON, S.C. – Paced by a double-double from Jasmine Blackmon and five other players in double figures, Charleston Southern women's basketball routed Converse 101-50 for a season-opening win Tuesday.
CSU (1-0) saw big nights around the floor paced by Blackmon's 14-point, 11-rebound effort while seniors Ke'Asia Jackson (16 points, five assists), Rachel Burns (13 points, three assists, three steals) and Shelby Wilbanks (11 points, three assists) began their final campaigns on a high note.
Weknyne Dumorne stuffed the stat sheet Tuesday collecting nine rebounds and nine assists as well as four blocks and two steals. The Big South's leading shot-blocker last season, Dumorne began her second season at CSU with another strong defensive performance.
Redshirt-sophomore Anna Webster found her stroke from downtown knocking down four treys for a career-best 12 points and sophomore point guard Kelsie Ruff-Mills set a new career-high with 10 points and three assists in 24 minutes of action.
Converse was led by the trio of Nigeria Davis, Abigail Lewis and Alexis McMillian, who all scored 10 points.
How It Happened
- CSU used a 9-0 run to close the opening quarter and open the second, breaking open what was a tightly-played first eight-plus minutes.
- In the game-breaking run, CSU forced five of Converse's 33 turnovers and the trio of Tierra Steede, Rachel Burns and Ke'Asia Jackson turned those into quick Buccaneer points.
- The Bucs added-on to their 12-point lead thanks to a 25-point second quarter. CSU led 48-25 at the break shooting .545 from the floor.
- CSU put the game away in the third behind 27 points and a blazing .643 mark.
- The Bucs added 26 more in the fourth to reach the century-mark for the first time since Jan. 16, 2014 in a win over Trinity Baptist.
News and Notes
- Jasmine Blackmon tied a career-high mark with her 14 points and collected her first double-double as a Buccaneer. Blackmon also set a new personal high in steals with three.
- Tuesday was the first time CSU had six players in double figures – the most since five scored 10-plus in a win over Southern Wesleyan last season.
- Senior forward Weknyne Dumorne scored six points in the win, but stuffed the stat sheet with nine boards, a team and career-high nine assists, four blocks and two steals in 26 minutes of action.
- Ke'Asia Jackson tied her career high with 10 free throws made, leading all players with 16 points.
- CSU dished-out 27 assists Tuesday, the most in the Fred Applin era (since 2012) and tied for the second-most in a single-game in program history.
The Bucs welcome Davidson to the Buc Dome Sunday afternoon for Military Appreciation Day. Tipoff between CSU and the Wildcats is set for 3 p.m. on ESPN+.
Player of the Game - Jasmine Blackmon