CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern women's basketball hits the road for the Sunshine State for their first of two matchups in the state of Florida. The Bucs take on North Florida from the Atlantic Sun Thursday, their second matchup with an A-Sun opponent in as many contests.
CSU fell short in their comeback bid Sunday as Rachel Burns scored 13 of her team-high 17 points after halftime, Ke'Asia Jackson added 12 points and Weknyne Dumorne extended her streak of double figures to three-straight.
Jackson now sits just 22 points from reaching 1,000 as a Buccaneer. Once she reaches that milestone, she will be just the 16th player in program history to score 1,000 points and the first to do so since former teammate Alyssa Mann. Fellow senior Burns sits just 102 from the 1,000-point threshold and can give the Bucs two players with that accomplishment for the first time since 2011.
- Charleston Southern hits the road for just the second time this season after opening with two inside the Buc Dome against Converse and Davidson followed by the 2018 Buccaneer Classic against Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville.
- Thursday marks the first time CSU and North Florida meet on the hardwood in women's basketball and is the fourth matchup with an Atlantic Sun foe. CSU has also taken on A-Sun newcomer Liberty and former member USC Upstate.
- The Bucs seek their first nonconference road win since a 68-45 win at Wofford last season. CSU also seeks their first win in the Sunshine State of Florida since a 78-63 triumph over Maine on Dec. 21, 2011 in the Gator Holiday Classic.
Scouting the Ospreys
- North Florida enters Thursday off an 11-day break after a 75-52 loss at Indiana Nov. 18. The Ospreys are a perfect 2-0 inside UNF Arena with wins over Trinty Baptist and Florida A&M with their lone two losses coming to Power 5 teams Florida State and Indiana.
- Under head coach Darrick Gibbs, North Florida is 21-23 inside UNF Arena with at least 7 wins the past two seasons while improving their winning percentage along the way.
- The Ospreys are led offensively by Tiffany Tolbert and Adrienne Jackson, who average double figures, while three others average at least 8.0 points per contest.
- In their two wins, North Florida has reached the 60-point threshold while scoring only 52 and 53 in their two losses.
- Despite the 2-2 record, North Florida has seen a 20-point performance in three of their four contests - two from Tolbert and one by Jackson.
- After two sixth-place and one seventh-place finishes across Gibbs' first three seasons, the Ospreys were pegged for a sixth-place vote by the Atlantic Sun coaches and media members in the conference's respective preseason poll.
A Win On Thursday Would…
- Be the first road win of the season for CSU after falling at South Carolina State in their lone trip thus far.
- Give CSU an 7-5 all-time record against Atlantic Sun members. CSU sits 4-3 all-time against Jacksonville, 1-1 versus Lipscomb and 1-1 against Stetson.
- Be the second win over an A-Sun foe in the past three seasons after taking down Lipscomb in the 2016-17 season.
- Snap a two-game skid against the A-Sun and four-game slide after a 1-0 start to the season.