CHARLESTON, S.C. – Seeking their first winning streak of the season, CSU heads downtown Wednesday for a Lowcountry rivalry matchup with College of Charleston. The Bucs put their back-to-back wins on the line seeking a strong close before the Christmas break.
Senior guard Rachel Burns has been heating up as of late scoring 14 and 20 points in each of her past two contests, both were team and game-high marks. Her 20-point effort puts the senior from Gainesville, Va. within striking distance of 1,000 in her career, sitting at 951 total.
The Bucs have displayed crisp shooting and passing as of late, knocking down at least 40% of their field goals and scoring 70-plus points over the past four contests. CSU has gone 2-2 in that stretch with two near road upsets at North Florida and national powerhouse Georgia.
- CSU hits the road for one more contest before their Christmas break seeking a three-game win streak and their first road win of the season.
- The Bucs took both games last week handling their business against Converse and Columbia with a pair of 20-point wins. Senior guard Rachel Burns paced CSU with 34 points in the two wins.
- CSU has been shooting and distributing the ball with ease as of late tallying at least 70 points and a .400 percentage over the past four contests. The Bucs have also had 10-plus assists in each contest and collected 21 for just the second time this season
- Wednesday is just the fourth contest away from the Buc Dome this season as CSU has come within minutes of defeating every single road opponent. The Bucs' largest margin of defeat has come by just nine points at S.C. State while taking North Florida to overtime and holding a second-half lead at national power Georgia.
Last Time Out
- 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 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.
- 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.
A Win on Wednesday Would…
- Give the Bucs their first three-game win streak of the season after back-to-back wins at home last week.
- Be the first win inside TD Arena since a 55-53 decision on Nov. 29, 2007.
- Give the Bucs their third win at CofC since the turn of the century.
- Become Coach Applin's first over the crosstown rival Cougars since taking over as CSUs bench boss.
- Be the first on the road for CSU this season after falling short in single-digit contests at S.C State, North Florida and Georgia.
Scouting the Cougars
- CofC enters Wednesday's showdown fresh off a road win at Lipscomb, taking down the Bisons by a 65-63 score. In the win, Deja Ford's 26 points paced a Cougar offense that saw three players in double figures.
- The Cougars sit at 2-2 inside TD Arena with wins over North Greenville and South Carolina State to open the season.
- CSU is the third Big South foe on CofC's slate with the Cougars dropping their first two to Campbell on a buzzer beater and a much-improved Winthrop team. CofC will host Presbyterian Friday before their Christmas break seeking a possible 2-2 split against Big South competition.
- CofC is paced offensively by three players in double figures - Darien Huff (14.0 ppg), Deja Ford (13.4 ppg) and Tyler Collins (11.9 ppg). Those three account for 57% of the offense as Collins also dishes out a team-best 6.5 assists per game. Ford has also scored 20 points in back-to-back games, both coming on the road.
- That trio also sits among the top-15 of the CAA in scoring to lead the Cougars to a third-place spot in overall scoring among the Colonial.