HPU WBB Hosts Charleston Southern on Monday

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s basketball team looks to get 2016 started off right as it entertains Charleston Southern in the Millis Center on Monday at 7:00 p.m.

The Panthers (3-9, 2-1) and the Bucs (7-6, 2-2) each fell to Presbyterian in their last contests and will aim to remain among the conference leaders with a win.

• The Panthers went on their first road trip in conference play and fell 82-70 to Presbyterian on Tuesday, Dec. 29.
• Sophomore Kat Harris led three members of the Purple & White scoring in double figures with a career-high 17 points.
• Freshman Emma Bockrath chipped in with 14 points while junior Kaylah Keys added 11 points in the setback.
• Sophomore Bre Davis continued her solid play with a season-best performance tallying eight points and knocking down two 3-pointers.
• Despite taking the loss, the Panthers won the rebounding battle 33-31 behind eight boards from Bockrath and five from freshman Haleigh Hatfield.
• HPU continued to shoot well from the charity stripe going 14-of-17 on free throws.

• Junior Kaylah Keys is the second-highest active scorer in the Big South Conference behind Liberty’s Ashley Rininger.
• Keys is sixth on HPU’s Division I scoring list with 1,213 points in just two-plus seasons.
• The Southaven, Miss. native is second all-time at HPU with 156 3-pointers made in her career. Her 156 made 3’s are fourth among third-year players nationally.

• HPU’s seven freshmen are logging 63 percent of the team’s minutes and are scoring 54 percent of HPU points and grabbing 64 percent of the squads steals this season.

• One of the most improved teams in the conference, the Buccaneers are 7-6, 2-2 on the year after finishing last season with a 5-25 mark overall and a 1-19 record in Big South action.
• Leading the turnaround is junior Alyssa Mann who paces the team in scoring (15.3/game), assists (2.9/game) and steals (1.9/game).
• In the paint, senior Monique Maximillien is leading the team with 8.5 rebounds per contest while chipping in with 8.5 points a night.
• Like HPU, Charleston Southern is coming off a double-digit loss to Presbyterian. The Bucs suffered a 63-49 setback to the Blue Hose on Saturday in the Buc Dome.
• The team’s wins in conference have come against Winthrop (54-51) and at Longwood (63-54). The squad’s other loss came at Liberty by a score of 51-40.
• Sophomore Shauntavia Dobson is scoring 9.5 points per game, but has upped her average to 13.0 points per contest in league action.

• The Purple & White own a 24-12 lead in the all-time series with Charleston Southern.
• HPU is 14-4 at home against the Bucs and have one the last three meetings between the two programs.

• The Panthers beat CSU by a combined score of 169-104 with a 92-60 win at home and a 77-44 road victory.
• Junior Kaylah Keys averaged 13 points in the squad’s two wins over the Bucs last season. Meanwhile, sophomore Kat Harris has a season-best 12 points in the home game.

The Panthers are back on the road on Saturday at Gardner-Webb at 2:00 p.m.