WBB Game Preview: Longwood
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Playing their third game in the past five days, Charleston Southern seeks a fourth-straight win in Farmville when they take on Longwood Saturday.
The Bucs have owned the series as of late taking the past eight decisions – three in Farmville, three in Charleston and two in the Big South tournament. A win would give the senior class a perfect 4-0 record in Farmville and 7-0 record against the Lancers away from the Buc Dome.
Both CSU and Longwood look to get back in the win column as both teams fell in their most recent outings. Saturday is the first Big South home contest for the Lancers after they had the night off Thursday with two trips to South Carolina over the opening weekend – Winthrop and Presbyterian.
After Saturday, the CSU schedule starts to slow back down with no more than two games in a single week before the Big South tournament. In fact, the Bucs receive an off night January 22 as they'll get a week between trips to USC Upstate and High Point.
- Charleston Southern heads to Farmville, Va. for their first trip inside the Commonwealth of Virginia this season seeking four-straight wins inside Willett Hall.
- CSU's senior class seeks to extend their record to a perfect 6-0 away from the Bucs Dome against the Lancers with three wins in Farmville and two in the Big South tournament. The win would give CSU's seniors a perfect 4-0 road sweep of the Lancers - the first time a class has garnered four-straight in one facility under Fred Applin.
- After Longwood took the first seven meetings as Big South foes, Charleston Southern has rattled-off eight-straight entering Saturday to reclaim the all-time series lead at 9-8.
- The road team has historically had more success in the series history with CSU owning a 4-3 advantage in Farmville and Longwood owning a 4-3 advantage in Charleston.
Last Time Out
- 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.
Scouting the Lancers
- Longwood is in their first season under head coach Rebecca Tillett, entering Saturday on a nine-game losing skid. In those nine contests, two have been decided by a single possession and two others have been single-digit losses on the road.
- The first and third quarters have been a weakness for the Longwood defense as teams have scored at least 230 points in each stanza with 255 coming in the opening 10 minutes.
- The Lancers have two players averaging double figures led by Dayna Rouse's 12.8 points and Stephanie Guihon's 10.5 ppg. Both are among the top-20 in scoring with Rouse placing ninth and Guihon coming in at 17th. Rouse also ranks first in the league in field goal percentage (.576) and fourth in free throw percentage (.813).
- Longwood also boasts the third-best rebounder in the league as Mallory Odell pulls down 8.3 boards per contest.
A Win on Saturday Would
- Be the ninth-straight win over Longwood after retaking the series lead.
- Give the Bucs their 10th all-time win over Longwood and fifth inside Willett Hall.
- Become the fourth-straight win in Farmville joining programs like High Point and Radford as teams to accomplish the feat.
- Give the senior class a perfect record 6-0 record versus the Lancers away from the Buc Dome - 4-0 inside Willett Hall and 2-0 in the Big South Tournament.