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Lancers fall in first BSC test

Sharp-shooting Charleston Southern University won 73-57 against Longwood University’s women’s basketball team Tuesday night at the Buc Dome in the Big South Conference (BSC) opener for both teams.

Guard Weknyne Dumorne scored 16 points to lead three Charleston Southern players in double figures, as the Buccaneers (6-6, 1-0 Big South) were able to overcome a game-high 18 points from Longwood junior guard Ciarah Bennett, a season-high 16 points from redshirt sophomore guard Kate Spradlin and a nine-point, three-assist game from senior guard Micaela Ellis.

“Our effort tonight on defense wasn’t where it has been recently and it cost us,” said Longwood Head Coach Bill Reinson. “We gave up way too many easy baskets, especially in the second half. We were extremely passive and were content to let them miss shots, rather than forcing them to miss shots.”

Dumorne led a Buccaneer offensive surge that saw her squad shoot 51 percent (28-of-55) from the floor — a season-high for a Longwood opponent this season.

A product of Camden, New Jersey, Bennett had her top performance of the season in her first start, as she finished 5-of-10 from the floor and added two rebounds along with two assists in 32 minutes. The game marked her first double-figure scoring game of the season after scoring in double figures in four of Longwood’s last five games of the 2016-17 season.

Meanwhile, Spradlin finished in double figures for the second straight game, scoring 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor, including a 4-of-6 performance from beyond the three-point line.

Tuesday’s game saw the return of Lancers senior guard Autumn Childress after the Midlothian product missed three games due to injury. The Big South’s leader in rebounding with 10.6 per game came off the bench and scored five points, adding seven rebounds.

Longwood (2-10, 0-1 Big South) returns to Willett Hall on Saturday at 5 p.m. to face Presbyterian College.