ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Paced by 21 points from Jakayvea Akins and a 28-point fourth quarter, South Carolina State rallied to knock off Charleston Southern women's basketball Friday night.
CSU (1-2) led by 10 entering the final frame after erasing a halftime deficit, but South Carolina State (1-3) came alive in the fourth for the win. The loss was the second-straight for CSU after a season-opening win over Converse.
The Bucs were led by Ke'Asia Jackson's game-high 22 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome three Bulldogs in double figures and a 12-rebound night for Jaquanna Murray.
Junior center Jasmine Blackmon continued her trend on the boards pulling down eight to lead CSU as she's collected at least eight in each of the Bucs' first three contests.
Thanks to the fourth-quarter rally, the Bulldogs finished the night shooting 51.1-percent compared to CSU's 31.5-percent.
The Bucs get a full week off before they host the Buccaneer Classic –a two-day tournament in which Jacksonville, Tennessee Tech and Old Dominion come to town over the Thanksgiving holiday.
How It Happened
- CSU and S.C. State traded tight first and second quarters with the Bulldogs holding a slim one-point 31-30 lead at the break.
- The Bucs came out strong and put together their best quarter in the third for a 10-point lead after 30 minutes.
- S.C. State responded with a fury outpacing CSU 28-9 over the final 10 minutes to erase the lead and steal a nine-point home win.
Inside the Numbers
- Ke'Asia Jackson made it back-to-back games as the leading scorer after missing the Davidson contest. She leads CSU and sits among the top-10 of the Big South with her 19.0 points per game.
- Jasmine Blackmon has three-straight games with at least eight rebounds and has paced the Bucs in that category in each contest.
- Sophomore point guard Kelsie Ruff-Mills had a career-best four assists in the loss Friday night while adding seven points and two steals. She also made her first two career free-throw attempts after playing in 13 games as a Buccaneer and never making a trip to the line.
- CSU committed only 13 turnovers Friday – a season-best – but the .511 shooting mark from S.C. State was enough to overcome their 24 turnovers and Jackson's 22-point effort.
CSU welcomes Tennessee Tech Saturday, November 24 to tipoff the Buccaneer Classic at 2 p.m. as Old Dominion and Jacksonville square-off 30 minutes following CSU's contest. The Bucs close the tournament Sunday afternoon in the second game of the day, scheduled 30 minutes after Old Dominion and Tennessee Tech match up. The Sunday matinee for CSU comes against Jacksonville of the Atlantic Sun, the first of two opponents from the A-Sun Conference.