CHARLESTON, S.C. – Making just her second start of the season, senior forward Shelby Wilbanks made five of her first six field goals on her way to a season-best 16-point, nine-rebound effort Saturday to lead the Charleston Southern women's basketball team to an 89-57 win over Columbia.
Wilbanks was one of four Buccaneers (3-6) to finish the day in double figures as Rachel Burns had a game-high 20 points and five steals, Tierra Steede added a career-best 14 off the bench and Jasmine Blackmon poured in 12 more.
Columbia (4-6) was led by 19 from Denijah Johnson and 14 and 12 from Victoria Williams and Jenesai Mohammed in the loss.
After a shaky start that saw a 40-30 halftime lead, the Bucs blew the game open with a 25-9 third period dominating nearly every statistical category including 48-22 points in the paint, 37-9 points off turnovers, 19-5 second chance, 12-6 in fast break and 30-12 in bench points.
CSU stormed out to a 32-point lead in the closing stages of the contest and held a lead for nearly 36 of the 40 minutes. The Bucs also secured 26 offensive boards in the blowout win, their first time collecting 20-or-more.
How it Happened
- Columbia hung around for the first 20 minutes knocking down five treys, including a buzzer-beater to end the first period.
- CSU took a 19-18 lead after the first and created some separation for a 40-30 halftime break thanks to an early 12 points from Wilbanks, who had 10 in the opening quarter.
- The Bucs opened the flood gates with a 25-9 third stanza thanks to a 7-of-10 performance at the charity stripe. The trio of Burns, Blackmon and Steede took over in the second half scoring a combined 30 points.
- CSU added 24 more in the final frame as 11 of the 12 Buccaneers that saw the floor found the scoring column headlined by the four in double figures.
News and Notes
- With her 20-point afternoon, Burns is now just 49 points from 1,000 as a Buccaneer and is poised to join Ke'Asia Jackson as the first tandem of Bucs with 1,000 at the same time since the 2010-11 season.
- Breannah Bretches earned her first start of the season dishing out seven assists, stealing three passes and scoring nine points in a season-high 25 minutes of action.
- Burns also became the second Buccaneer with a 20-point performance joining Jackson, who has two 22-point efforts.
Inside the Numbers
- Saturday extended the Bucs' streak of shooting at least .400 from the floor and scoring 70-plus points to four-straight.
- The four Bucs in double figures were the most since five collected 10-plus in the season opener against Converse.
- With their 16-of-22 performance from the free throw line, CSU now has 10-plus points at the charity stripe in eight of their nine contests this season and 16 in back-to-back games.
CSU hits the road for a crosstown rivalry matchup with College of Charleston on Wednesday before the Christmas holiday break. The Bucs seek their first win three-game win streak of the season after back-to-back home wins to close the nonconference slate inside the Buc Dome. Tipoff from TD Arena is set for 6:30 p.m.