"I think with as many 3s as we take and as fast as we play we are going to go in streaks," Collins said. "There's going to be streaks where we don't shoot the ball so well for a couple of minutes then streaks where we're on fire. You've got to live and die on that. We've got to do a better job of playing hard defensively and doing the small things when the shots aren't falling. You can't just rely on making shots and scoring points all the time."
UC finished the game 13 of 31 from long-range, including four from LeAnn Ross, three from Nichole Perry and three from Cowden.
Ross finished with a team-high 20 points for UC while Perry - seeing extensive playing time at point guard after senior Crissy Keir left the game after taking an elbow to the head - scored 19 and Cowden finished with 15.
"We probably got some jitters out in the first half with it being the first home game," Cowden said. "Shots will fall if you keep shooting it."
Tianna Kelly had seven rebounds to lead Charleston while Keir accounted for six assists before leaving the game during the second half.
D'Asia Chambers led Slippery Rock (1-2) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Alexas Brown added 16 points and eight assists.
UC begins West Virginia Conference play at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when the Golden Eagles host Davis & Elkins.
Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com.