CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston women's basketball team fell behind 2-0, then went on a 23-0 run, holding Charleston Southern scoreless for 12 minutes and 33 seconds and the Cougars prevailed 76-45 Monday at the Buc Dome.
The Cougars (6-5, 2-0) had three players score in double-figures, led by senior Latisha Harris, who had her fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Alyssa Frye added 15 points on five-of-seven shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Senior Megan Fischer recorded her third straight double-figure scoring game with 11 points.
The Cougars shot over 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc for the second consecutive game, a combined 19-of-36 in their last two games, while conversely the Cougars held the Buccaneers (5-5, 0-1) to 1-of 24 from beyond the arc. CofC held Richmond to 5-of-22 from beyond the arc Friday night.
Frye had three of her five three-pointers in the first half as the Cougars jumped out to a 42-11 lead at the break. Junior point guard Jillian Brown registered her second consecutive 10 assist game and now has four on the season and six in her career. Brown ranks seventh on the Cougars all-time list with 285 assists.
In the second half the Cougars got a little sloppy with the ball and committed 15 of their 23 turnovers, which Charleston Southern converted into 18 points for the game.
The Cougars controlled the boards as they had a 53-29 rebounding edge, including 15 offensive rebounds and 11 second chance points.
After falling behind 56-18 in the second half the Buccaneers used an 11-3 run to get within 59-29 with 11:53 left in the second half. The Cougars responded with a 13-3 over the next five minutes to push the lead to 40 at 72-32.
For the eighth consecutive game the Cougars got double-digit points from their bench as they had 23 points from their reserves, led by freshman Shannon Hines with nine points. The Cougars have had 18 or more bench points in six of their last eight games.
Up next the Cougars return to Southern Conference play with Georgia Southern Saturday Jan. 5 at 2:00 p.m. and Davidson Monday Jan. 7 at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be at TD Arena.
College of Charleston Head Coach Natasha Adair
On getting the win at Charleston Southern
"The thing that amazes me about this team is every game we just keep on getting better and better. We have excellent versatility on our team and I'm really proud of our depth. Each player understands their role and they understand they are an option. I told them to go out, play hard and have fun. I told them in the locker room we still have to work and we can't be complacent, we need to keep getting better."
On the process of the growth and improvement of the team
"We talk about this season being a marathon. In a marathon you have key goals and certain markers and for us to win our last two games including beating an A-10 opponent is great. Charleston Southern came into our place last year and beat us pretty bad, so we were focused and hungry for this game. Now this gives us momentum going into conference."