The College of Charleston women's basketball team owns a 44-5 lead in its series with Charleston Southern. But when the teams meet at 2 p.m. today at CSU Fieldhouse, the Cougars will be facing quite a challenge.
The Buccaneers (5-7), unbeaten in four home starts, are one of the country's top 3-point shooting teams in the country. CSU is averaging 8.3 3-pointers per game, 10th among all Division I schools. And the Bucs have the country's No. 3 3-point shooter in 5-9 senior guard Katie Tull.
Tull is nailing 3.6 3-point goals per game this season while averaging a team-high 15.8 points per game. Tull is hitting 40.5 percent of her 3-point attempts (45 of 113). She's even more deadly at CSU Fieldhouse, where she is hitting 56-percent of her 3-pointers. Against Voorhees earlier this year, Tull hit 9 of 15 field goal attempts, all from beyond the arc. Tull's career high of 29 points came in a 74-59 win over Pfeiffer, a game in which she hit 7 of 14 3-pointers.
Charleston (4-7) has won the last two meetings with CSU, including a 64-59 win last season at Carolina First Arena. The Cougars were up by 19 points in the first half in that contest and led by 17 at halftime. CSU rallied to cut the margin to three points with just under a minute left.
But this is a much different, much younger Charleston team. Charleston has had 10 different players start games this season -- two seniors, one junior, four sophomores and three freshmen. The Cougars are led by senior guard Tonia Gerty, who is averaging 11.4 points.