CHARLESTON, S.C. – Senior guards Ke'Asia Jackson and Rachel Burns combined for 33 points Thursday night against a stingy Campbell defense, but a potential buzzer-beater came up short as Campbell took a 60-58 decision.
Jackson and Burns accounted for 33 points, 10 steals, six assists and nine rebounds but it was Campbell's 22-15 fourth quarter that made the difference down the stretch. The Bucs were able to get transition points early and pick off 15 Campbell (10-4, 2-1 Big South) passes in a contest where neither team was able to pull ahead by more than seven.
Lauren Carter scored 10 of her 12 points in the final quarter and Hayley Barber added 11 to lead the Camels Thursday. Those two, as well as a .429 shooting percentage were enough to escape the Buc Dome despite a CSU (3-11, 0-3 Big South) defense that forced 24 turnovers.
Trailing by a bucket, Weknyne Dumorne was able to draw a foul and sink one of her two free throws and Taya Bolden followed suit on the other end, setting up a chance for the Bucs to win at the buzzer. Jackson battled a hand in her face and tough shot, but her attempt at a game-winner rattled out.
How It Happened
- CSU came out with quick hands as they forced nine Campbell turnovers in the opening stanza, setting the stage for 15 steals and 24 forced turnovers.
- Campbell was able to overcome the early passing woes as they shot .667 from the floor and carried a 20-17 lead, and held a margin as large as seven in the second quarter. CSU stormed back and cut into the deficit before sinking free throws and ending the opening half in a 31-all tie.
- The Bucs' defense picked up where it left off in the second quarter forcing Campbell into five-more turnovers and just 2-of-14 from the floor with Rachel Burns collecting three of her season-best seven.
- CSU carried a 43-38 advantage into the final stanza, but a Campbell 10-2 run set the stage for a seesaw final moments.
- Campbell was able to hold off a final push from CSU that saw a clutch basket through contact for Tierra Steede as well as free throws from Dumorne in the waning second.
News and Notes
- Ke'Asia Jackson paced the Bucs for the sixth time this season and finished just one tally shy of her fourth 20-point effort. Jackson still leads the Bucs in scoring and sits among the top-10 of the Big South Conference with her latest performance.
- Fellow senior guard Rachel Burns has put herself on the cusp of 1,000 points, tallying 14 on the night. She enters Saturday's contest – a Willett Hall venue where CSU has won three-straight games – just four points short of the milestone.
- Burns' 1,000th point will give the Bucs two 1,000-point scorers on the same team for the first time since the 2011 season.
- Weknyne Dumorne was a presence in the post as she collected 10 rebounds – a season-high for the senior forward – in just 22 minutes of action off the bench.
Charleston Southern ends a stretch of three games in five days as they head to Longwood Saturday seeking a fourth-straight win inside Willett Hall. A win would secure a perfect 4-0 record for the senior class in Farmville and push the current win streak to nine against the Lancers. Tipoff is slated for 12 p.m. on ESPN+.