CHARLESTON, S.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team opens Big South Conference tonight at Charleston Southern with tip-off at 7 p.m.
Tonight’s game can be seen on the Big South Digital Network for free. Fans can access the game by going to the multimedia link at uncabulldogs.com or going to the link in this story.
Asheville is 3-3 on the young season and knocked off Bluefield Tuesday night at Kimmel Arena, 75-71. Charleston Southern is 3-2 and routed Converse on Saturday, 88-48.
"Charleston Southern is playing really well with a nice mix of experience and new faces in the program. I really like some of the freshmen that Coach (Fred) Aplin has recruited, and I have a lot of respect for the work returners have done in the off season,” stated second-year Bulldog coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. “We have been are using these five days to fine tune and get better in many areas. We are expecting the biggest challenge of the season when we go to the Buc Dome on Monday night as I am sure adrenaline and excitement will be high for both squads."
The Bulldogs led most of the way against Bluefield. They led by 16 midway through the second half before the Rams made a late rally. Asheville was able to get some key stops and hit some big free throws for the win.
Freshman guard Ja’Da Brayboy scored a career-high 21 points in the Bluefield triumph and hit four big free throws down stretch to seal the victory. Asheville played the game without second leading scorer Shonese Jones.
Junior guard Brittany Gwyn leads the Bulldogs in scoring with an 11.8 average. Sophomore guard Paige Love averaged 9.8 points and 4.0 assist per game. Junior forward Jeannie Buckner tops the club in rebounding at 6.7 boards per outing.
Charleston Southern won both meetings last year as the Lady Bucs recorded a 73-59 win at the Buc Dome and a hard-fought 54-48 decision at Kimmel Arena.
UNC Asheville is 3-3 on the season and already has more wins (2) than it did all of last season.
The Bulldogs are 0-2 on the road this season despite leading at halftime of both contests.
Ja’Da Brayboy has led Asheville in scoring the past two games with 16 vs. N.C. Central (11-23) and 21 vs. Bluefield.
CSU junior forward Kirklin Kirkpatrick is from nearby Waynesville and is Asheville head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick’s cousin.
Jeannie Buckner had led the Bulldogs in rebounding in four of the last five games.
Sophomore forward Leah Wormack blocked six shots against N.C. Central on Nov. 23.
Asheville is third in the Big South Conference in free throw percentage at .708.