Women's Basketball

Comeback bid falls shy Sunday for Bucs

Comeback bid falls shy Sunday for Bucs

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Following a strong third quarter from Jacksonville, the Charleston Southern women's basketball team staged a 27-point fourth period but fell just short in their comeback efforts 68-58, ending the Buccaneer Classic.

CSU hung tight with the Dolphins through the opening half despite shooting just .267 from the floor, but a 24-10 third period in favor of the visiting Dolphins (3-3) was too much for the Bucs to overcome down the stretch.

The senior trio of Rachel Burns, Ke'Asia Jackson and Weknyne Dumorne led the Buccaneer (1-4) offense Sunday to the tune of 39 combined points, but a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double from Jacksonville's Khadijah Brown proved too much.

Burns scored 13 of her team-high 17 in the second half and nine in the fourth while also leading the Bucs with eight rebounds – all eight coming on the offensive end.

Both offenses struggled to crack the lockdown defense in the first half with a 24-21 score in favor of the road Dolphins through 20 minutes. Jacksonville found the bottom of the net beginning in the third shooting .588 before CSU answered with a .500 fourth.

How It Happened

  • Both teams struggled offensively in the opening 20 minutes as Jacksonville score 12 in each of the first two frames while CSU tallied 10 and 11.
  • The offenses opened up in the closing 20 as the Dolphins posted 24 and 20 in the final quarters while CSU countered with a game-high 27 fourth period. Those 27 were a season-high for CSU, tying the mark set in a win over Converse.
  • CSU's three-point defense was on-point holding the Dolphins to just .111 from downtown, but a 34-16 advantage in the paint led Jacksonville to the win.

Inside the Numbers

  • Both the Bucs and Dolphins had three players in double figures, but a 13-rebound and 11-board effort from Trudy Walker and Khadijah Brown paced a Jacksonville squad that outrebounded CSU by 17.
  • Senior guard Rachel Burns had a near double-double as she led the Bucs with eight rebounds, all coming on the offensive end.
  • Senior guard Ke'Asia Jackson has reached the 10-point mark in three of her four contests this season and leads the squad at 13.8 per game.
  • Senior forward Weknyne Dumorne had a game-high four blocks in the loss as she's recorded four-or-more in three of the Bucs' five contests.
  • The 21 offensive rebounds Sunday were the most a CSU opponent has this season, surpassing the 19 Saturday from Tennessee Tech and Davidson's effort earlier this season.

Play of the Game

Up Next

CSU takes on their second Atlantic Sun foe in as many contests as they head to Jacksonville for a showdown with North Florida. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. from UNF Arena and can be seen on ESPN+.

Player of the Game - Rachel Burns

View: Mobile | Desktop