ROCK HILL, S.C. – In a defensive battle that saw only four fast break points and 18 steals between the two teams, Winthrop held off a late Charleston Southern comeback bid Tuesday night for 57-52 decision from the Winthrop Coliseum.
Charleston Southern (3-10, 0-2 Big South) saw 13 points from Breannah Bretches and a 10-point, four-rebound effort from Shelby Wilbanks, but a game-high 19 from Jah'Che Whitfield proved to be too much down the stretch as Winthrop (6-7, 2-0 Big South) iced it late.
The 13-point night from Bretches extended her streak of games in double figures to four while leading the Bucs in scoring each of the past two contests. Of Bretches' 13 points, 11 came in the second half comeback effort for the Bucs.
Winthrop held a slim 22-17 lead at the break after both teams got off to a slow start offensively, but held on down the stretch despite the Bucs using a 7-0 run to grab a fourth-quarter lead. CSU dominated in the paint 38-16 and won the rebounding margin 39-32, but the Eagles knocked down three treys to CSU's one providing the difference.
How It Happened
- Both Winthrop and CSU traded points for a three-minute stretch of the first quarter, but the defenses held tight in the opening 20 with just 41 combined points at the break.
- Neither team reached the 20-point mark in a single quarter until the fast-paced fourth.
- Shelby Wilbanks led all scorers at the half with five points while Rachel Burns pulled down five of her game-high nine across the first two periods.
- After just 17 points in 20 minutes, the CSU offense erupted for 35 points in the final 20 moments. Bretches added 11 of her team-best 13 after halftime including knocking down CSU's lone triple in the waning seconds.
News and Notes
- Senior guard Rachel Burns collected steal No. 200 in the loss and is quickly closing in on 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Burns enters Thursday's home contest 18 shy of the 1,000 point mark.
- Fellow senior Breannah Bretches made it four-straight games in double figures thanks to 13 points in her 30 minutes on the floor. She's led the Bucs in scoring across the past two contests and paces CSU in scoring in Big South games at 15.5 per contest.
CSU returns home to face one of the best defenses in the nation Thursday. The Bucs get their crack at Campbell in their second contest in three days before heading to Farmville for a matchup with Longwood Saturday. Tipoff Thursday is set for 7 p.m. from the Buc Dome on ESPN+.