CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Southern women's basketball team hosts Columbia Saturday, reigniting and old series that dates back to CSU's first season as a program in 1976-77. The Bucs and Koalas have only played once since the turn of the century with CSU taking an 89-40 decision back on Nov. 27, 2004 inside the Buc Dome.
CSU also looks for back-to-back wins after a 74-50 victory over Erskine Tuesday morning in front of a raucous, sold out Education Day crowd.
*Important Traffic Route Update*
Due to ongoing construction on Buc Club Blvd., fans are advised to enter CSU's campus near the Wingate by Wyndham and drive around campus rather than entering on Buc Club Blvd.
Lets Be Clear
- The Charleston Southern University Athletic Department is implementing a Clear Bag Policy for all athletic events inside the Buccaneer Field House for the entirety of the CSU men's and women's basketball seasons.
- Along with numerous NCAA Division I institutions across the country, as well as the policy implemented at Buccaneer Field over the last two seasons, this policy limits the size and style of bags carried into the venue.
- Each ticketed guest can carry one large clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or the 12" x 6" x 12" clear bag – plus a small clutch purse (4.5" x 6.5"). The small clutch must be carried into the venue outside the clear bag and is subject to search.
- Charleston Southern plays its final home nonconference game Saturday in search of back-to-back wins after a 74-50 going-away win Tuesday on Education Day.
- The Bucs look to continue their streak of shooting at least .400, having done so in three-straight for the first time this season. In each of those contests, the Bucs have scored 70-plus points and came within minutes of knocking off national power and preseason No. 14 Georgia.
- During that streak, CSU has also seen crisper passing displays collecting 10-plus assists over the past five games. CSU has shared the rock more as each game passes going from 10 against Tennessee Tech to 16 Tuesday against Erskine.
- CSU looks to keep the defensive pressure up after holding their second opponent to just 50 points Tuesday. CSU is a perfect 2-0 when keeping opponents at the 50-point mark including a 51-point win to open the season.
Last Time Out
- Playing in front of a sold out Buc Dome after a nine-day layoff for exams, the Charleston Southern women's basketball team overcame a gritty Erskine group to pull away in the second half for a 74-50 win on Education Day.
- Led by a game-high 14-point, nine-rebound effort from senior guard Rachel Burns, Charleston Southern shot .473 from the floor – their third-straight performance shooting .400 or better.
- Burns also added a team-best four assists while turning in three steals in a game-high 29 minutes. With her performance Tuesday, Burns moves into a tie for eighth on the all-time steals list with 183 and sits less than 60 points from 1,000 as a Buccaneer.
- Meanwhile, four other Bucs came close to the double-digit mark Tuesday led by nine from the tandem of Jasmine Blackmon and Anna Webster and the duo of Kelsie Ruff-Mills and Tierra Steede each finished with eight.
A Win on Saturday Would…
- Give the Bucs their third inside the Buc Dome in 2018 after wins over Converse and Erskine.
- Make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
- Bring CSU to a .500 mark inside the Buc Dome.
- Set up a chance for a three-game win streak heading into the Christmas Holiday break.
Scouting the Koalas
- Columbia enters Saturday's matchup having nearly matched last season's win total just nine games into the season, boasting a 4-5 mark overall and 3-4 inside the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
- Three Koalas sit in double figures on the season led by Jenesai Mohammed's 13.1. She is joined by Denijah Johnson's 11.8 and Amber Sherrill's 11.2 points per contest.
- Johnson leads the Koalas with 7.4 rebounds per game with 3.9 coming on the offensive glass. She also paces the Koala attack with 2.2 assists per contest and is shooting a team-best .473 from the floor.