Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Charleston Southern's women's team jumped out of the gates in the second half as the Buccaneers used a three-point barrage by Erin Bratcher to top visiting Presbyterian on Tuesday night inside the Buc Dome, 68-50. In a season already filled with accolades, Bratcher connected on six 3-pointers in the contest including a perfect 4 for 4 in the second half as the senior guard connected on her 200th career 3-pointer in the contest. Bratcher joined former CSU players Kelsey Wasmer, Pam Tolbert and Katie Tull in the 200 club with her final triple of the night at the one minute mark in the second half to cap off a scoring effort that saw the Bucs hit 46.9 percent from the floor and 47.4 percent from the three-point line in the victory. "I honestly had no idea I even reached that. That's awesome," Bratcher said when informed about reaching the 200 three-pointer plateau. "It's something that doesn't come overnight or in just one game. A lot of hard work goes into a mark like that, but it is definitely an honor. That is a big credit to my teammates as well. It says a lot about the program too." Bratcher led all players on the night with 22 points. The current Big South leader from the 3-point line on the season in averaging 3.00 per game, went 6 for 8 from the 3-point line and 8 for 14 overall from the floor to pace all scorers in the contest. Anicia Dotson and DJ Fowler added 14 points apiece for the Bucs as Charleston Southern picked up their first home Big South win of the season in improving to 8-10, 4-5 in conference play on the season. "It was great to win [in conference play] at home," head coach Fred Applin had to say following the CSU win. "We had to come back tonight and fight. [Presbyterian] is a good team. I'm happy for the win. I'm happy for our players to be rewarded for the hard work they've put in." Karlee Taylor led Presbyterian with 17 points, putting on a shooting display of her own from the 3-point line with five triples on the night, while Keyonna Allen had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Hose. CSU wraps up a four game homestand Thursday against Gardner-Webb. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is slated for 7 p.m.