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Longwood to play in BSC women’s tourney Thursday

The Longwood University women’s basketball team will begin postseason play on Thursday, when it travels to UNC Asheville for the Big South Conference Tournament.

The Lady Lancers enter the competition as the No. 10 seed and will take on No. 7 seed Charleston Southern in the first round of the tournament. The game will tip off at 4:30 p.m.

The first time the Lady Lancers met Charleston Southern this season was on Dec. 29, when the Buccaneers took a 63-54 win over Longwood on their home court in Willett Hall. The second time the two encountered each other was at Charleston Southern on Feb. 6, when the Lancers fell 66-58 to the Buccaneers.

Longwood will be led by seniors Kyndal Skersick and Deborah Headen, and junior Eboni Gilliam.

Gilliam has been named this week’s Big South Player of the Week. She has scored 15-plus points for the fifth time in her last eight games. The season is currently Gilliam’s first season as a Division I player.

Gilliam finished the regular season as Longwood’s leading rebounder averaging 6.9 rebounds a game. She ends the regular season with 199 rebounds.

Skersick finished the regular season as the Lancers’ scoring leader with 255 points, averaging 9.1 per game. Headen averaged 8.2 points this season and scored a total of 239 in the regular season.

If Longwood wins against Charleston Southern, they will play No. 2 Liberty on Friday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals. That game will be aired on ESPN3.