NORTH CHARLESTON -- Winthrop withstood a bombardment of threes from Charleston Southern to pull off a 72-64 victory Monday at the CSU Fieldhouse.
Charleston Southern hit nine of its 15 threes in the game in the second half, but Winthrop was able to hold on for its second straight Big South Conference victory on the road. The 15 3-pointers are a Big South record for most threes in a single game, but it wasn't enough as Winthrop scored 42 points in the paint and took advantage of 13 offensive boards for 17 points.
The Lady Eagles had four players in double figures, led by Tiffany Rodd's 20 points. Winthrop shot 53 percent and shot over 50 percent in both halves. Rodd returned to form against the Buccaneers (8-13, 2-6) as she was 7-for-13 from the field and 4-for-8 beyond the arc. Rodd came into the game averaging 13.5 points per game in her career against Charleston Southern and 21.3 in the previous three meetings.
Up 15 points in the second half, Winthrop (9-11, 4-4) held a consistent double-digit lead for the first six minutes until Charleston Southern started launching 3-pointers to try and get back in the game. Katie Tull drained a three with 13:35 to go and cut the lead to 10 points.
At that point Yvonne van Daalen was knocked to the floor on a drive to the basket and ended up leaving the game with an injury. That was followed by a Pam Tolbert 3-pointer to make it 50-43. After Franchesca Davenport pushed the lead back to nine points on a basket inside, Tull hit another with just over 11 minutes remaining to make it a six-point game.
After pushing the lead back to 10, the Lady Bucs just wouldn't fold and continued to drain threes as Tolbert hit one to cut the lead to 59-52 with just over six minutes remaining. Rodd answered immediately with a three of her own to push the lead to 10 again. The lead was still 10 with 4:40 to go when Tolbert hit another three and two possessions later Tull cut the lead to six points. After a miss and two turnovers by Winthrop, Ali Schwagmeyer hit a three from the corner to make it a one possession game at 66-63.
Charleston Southern had an opportunity to either pull within one or tie the game after Davenport turned the ball over, but Kiki Rutledge missed a contested shot and Ashley Fann corralled the rebound. Rodd was forced to drive to the basket as the shot clock was down to four and her runner off the glass was a bit long and Haugtvedt was there for the follow to make it a five point game with 50 seconds to go. Fann and Rodd made two free throws a piece down the stretch to clinch the win.
As a team, the Lady Eagles shot 56 percent from the floor in the first half and held a 12-point advantage at the break, 40-28. Defensively, Winthrop held the Lady Bucs to 29 percent shooting and forced 11 turnovers.
Davenport finished the game with 15 points, four rebounds, a career-high seven assists and a steal in 23 minutes. Haugtvedt added 14 points and seven rebounds. Fann recorded her second straight double-double and seventh of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. In the process, Fann became just the 10th player in Big South history to snag 800 rebounds or more in a career and she surpassed 1,400 career points.
Winthrop ends a four-game road trip and will return home Saturday when it hosts Presbyterian at 7 p.m.