ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team is home on Sunday afternoon when the Bulldogs host Big South rival Charleston Southern at Kimmel Arena starting at 2 p.m.
Sunday’s game will be broadcast locally on WPEK Radio (880-AM) starting at 1:55 p.m. Fans can also watch the game for free on the Big South Digital Network under the multimedia tag at uncabulldogs.com.
“Charleston Southern is the best 3-point shooting team in the league and they are playing their best basketball of the season,” said Asheville head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. “We have had a great response to a tough road loss at Coastal and are striving for consistency, which is important at this time of year. We are excited for tomorrow’s matchup and I’m certain it will be a great game.”
It’s the first time the Bulldogs have played a Sunday league home game in three years and that was weather-related. Asheville hopes for its third BSC home victory today against a rapidly-improving Charleston Southern team. The Bulldogs fell at Coastal Carolina Thursday night, 75-65. CSU lost at home Thursday to Gardner-Webb, 55-51. The teams opened BSC play back on Dec. 2 in Charleston with the Bulldogs winning, 61-46.
After starting league play at 1-4, the Lady Bucs have turned things around under the direction of second-year coach Fred Applin. CSU enters today’s game with wins in four of its last six league contests, including an impressive road sweep of Campbell and High Point three weeks ago. Senior guard Erin Bratcher leads the CSU attack with a 13.2 average. Senior guard D.J. Fowler is averaging 11.2 points per game. She also leads the Big South in steals with a 3.32 mark. The Lady Bucs lead the league in steals with close to 10 per game (9.89). CSU actually won twice here last season. They knocked off UNC Greensboro, 60-57 in Asheville Invitational to open the season before downing the Bulldogs, 64-58 later in the year.
Asheville is being led by sophomore guard Paige Love, this week’s Big South Player of the Week. Love has scored in double figures in six straight games. She leads the team in scoring with a 10.4 average and tops the club in rebounding with a 5.5 mark. Junior guard Brittany Gwyn is right behind her with a 9.8 scoring mark.
After Sunday’s home game, the Bulldogs hit the road for their next three games. Asheville travels to Presbyterian College (Jan. 30), Gardner-Webb (Feb. 1) and Winthrop (Feb. 8). The Bulldogs aren’t home again until Thursday, Feb. 13 when they’ll host Radford at Kimmel Arena starting at 7 p.m.