Winthrop University

Winthrop women shooting for fourth straight win

The Winthrop women’s basketball team will try to extend its winning streak to a season-best four games on Saturday when the Eagles host Charleston Southern at 1 p.m. in the Winthrop Coliseum.

Winthrop is coming off a 63-62 road win on Tuesday night over Longwood after Aliyah Kilpatrick connected on two free throws with six seconds left in the game. The last three Winthrop wins have come by a grand total of nine points, including a 63-55 win over preseason favorite Liberty and a 54-51 victory against Presbyterian.

In the first meeting with Charleston Southern on Jan. 3, Winthrop shot a season-high 59 percent from the floor on the way to a 79-50 win over CSU. Erica Williams was a perfect 8-for-8 in that game and tied Schaquilla Nunn for game-high scoring honors with 19 points. Samiya Wright had her season high with 18 points.

The Bucs enter the game looking for their first Big South Conference victory after starting out 0-10 in the league and 4-15 overall. Winthrop has won the last five games against CSU and now leads the overall series 46-29.

Winthrop enters the weekend in fourth place in the Big South standings with a 7-4 record. The Eagles trail third place Radford (8-3) by a game and are two games behind second place High Point (9-2). Liberty sits atop the standings at 10-1 with nine regular season games left.

Williams and Nunn continue to pile up double-doubles as the duo is tied for 26th in the NCAA with nine each. Both players recorded double-doubles at Longwood. The 6-3 Nunn also tied her career high in rebounds with 17 against the Lancers to reach 800 for her career to go along with 844 career points. She is on track to become the first Winthrop basketball player (men’s or women’s) to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds.

Nunn also continues to rank high in the NCAA statistics for blocked shots and rebounds. She is ranked seventh nationally in blocked shots with 3.85 per game and is 13th in rebounding at 11.2 per game. With Nunn leading the way, the Eagles are tied for 13th in the nation for team blocked shots with 5.9 per contest.

After the Charleston Southern game, Winthrop will have a short turnaround as it will travel to Buies Creek, N.C., for a Monday night game against Campbell, a team it defeated 61-59 at home back on Dec. 2.