CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Bucs hit the road for their final nonconference matchup of the season after an 11-day layoff for the Christmas holiday. CSU can win their second nonconference finale in as many tries and their third game of the month with an upset on Sunday.
Senior guard Breannah Bretches reached the double figures mark for the first time this season in CSU's last outing while fellow senior Ke'Asia Jackson tallied a team-best 15 points. Shelby Wilbanks added a team and season-high nine rebounds, but the Bucs fell to their crosstown rivals in CofC dropping a chance at a three-game win streak.
The loss ended CSU's streak of shooting above .400 from the floor and scoring at least 70 points. The Bucs have a chance to start a new one as they face a Florida team that relies on the three-ball and blocks only 0.8 shots per contest.
- CSU closes their 2018-19 nonconfernce slate at SEC foe Florida seeking their first win over a Power 5 school since knocking off Clemson in the 2011-12 season.
- The Bucs came close to defeating Georgia to open the December schedule, but faded down the stretch before falling by just eight.
- CSU looks to become the second Big South school to knock off the Gators after Gardner-Webb did so on opening day, 60-58.
- The Buccaneers also seek back-to-back wins in their final nonconference games after defeating regional foe Wofford last season on New Year's Eve.
- Sunday marks just the fifth game in the month of December due to exam and Christmas Holiday breaks, but the schedule picks up quickly as the Big South opener Jan. 5 begins a stretch of four games in seven days.
Last Time Out
- Senior guards Ke'Asia Jackson and Breannah Bretches combined for 25 points Wednesday, but early turnovers and hot shooting from College of Charleston were too much for the Charleston Southern women's basketball team to overcome in a 79-52 loss in the Lowcountry rivalry.
- Jackson, who poured in a team-high 15, made it six of eight contests in double figures this season while Bretches reached double digits for the first time in her three games of action. Meanwhile, Shelby Wilbanks added eight points and a team-best nine rebounds for the Bucs in the loss.
- CofC used an early 16-0 run to jumpstart the offense as the home Cougars shot .476 from the floor scoring 34 points off 25 CSU turnovers.
- Darien Huff led all scorers as she paced CofC with 19 while Baileigh Larson added 11 and Deja Ford finished with 10.
Scouting the Gators
- Despite having the 13th-ranked scoring offense in the SEC, Florida boasts the third-best individual scorer in Funda Nakkasoglu. She averages 17.8 ppg sitting behind only Chennedy Carter (Texas A&M) and Rhyne Howard 18.5) in scoring.
- Florida isn't afraid to shoot the deep ball as they average 25.8 attempts from long range per contest - good for 19th-most in the nation. The Gators have also hit 94 buckets from downtown this season - 44th-most in the NCAA, and averge just under 8.0 treys per game.
- Nakkasoglu has been a threat from the perimeter all season knocking down 50% of her treys - the 7th-best mark in the nation.
- Florida has been within striking distance in eight of their nine losses with four coming in two possessions.
- The Gators have also been a hot-and-cold team this season as they enter Sunday with a three-game skid after a six-game losing streak and three-game win streak earlier this season.
A Win on Sunday Would
- Be the Bucs' third in December alone after taking down Erskine and Columbia to close the home nonconference slate.
- Make CSU the second Big South school to knock off an SEC foe, more specifically Florida, joining Gardner-Webb.
- Become CSU's first road win of the season after coming up short the previous four times.
- Send CSU into the Big South slate with some momentum before welcoming newcomer Hampton.
- Give CSU back-to-back wins in their final nonconference game after defeating Wofford last season in Spartanburg.