Basketball Doubleheader On Tap Wednesday

All ticket proceeds form both games going towards Di'janai Williams' cancer treatment


Dec. 8, 2015

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's and women's basketball teams will both take the court Wednesday evening with back-to-back games inside the HTC Center. The Chanticleer women tip against Warren Wilson at 4 pm, followed by the men's game against NC Wesleyan at 6:30 pm.

Women’s Basketball vs. Warren Wilson
Game Information
Date / Time: Wed., Dec. 9, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Site: Conway, S.C. / HTC Center (3,212)
Audio Broadcast: Chanticleer Sports Network
Online Audio Link:
Talent: Aaron Marks (play-by-play)
Live Stats:
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports

Coastal Carolina women’s basketball student-athlete Di’janai Williams, or DJ as she’s known, was diagnosed with Ovarian Teratoma Cancer shortly after arriving at Coastal in the fall to begin her freshman season. She was rushed back to her home in Moreno Valley, California, and has been undergoing treatment since the beginning of October.

The Chanticleer men’s and women’s basketball teams, and Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics, have dedicated Wednesday’s doubleheader to DJ with all ticket proceeds for both games going towards her treatment.

DJ’s family has also started a Go Fund Me account where supporters can help donate to her recovery. To donate, follow the link HERE.

Chanticleer faithful can additionally spread awareness of DJ’s fight against cancer on Twitter by using the hashtag #DJStrong.

Coastal Carolina vs. Warren Wilson
Wednesday’s game marks the first-ever meeting between the Chanticleer women and Warren Wilson. It is also Coastal’s final game against a non-Division I opponent this season. Coastal is averaging 95.5 ppg against non-DI’s this season, having previously beaten Mid-Atlantic Christian and Allen in November. Historically, Coastal is 151-116 all-time versus non-DI opponents.

Career Game for Isaacs
Nicole Isaacs scored 32 points in Coastal’s last outing versus Campbell, setting a career high for the redshirt senior. Isaacs finished the game with nine 3-pointers, one shy of the Coastal single-game record of 10 set by Nikki Reddick in 2002-03. Isaacs also led the Chants with four steals, tied for the team lead with six rebounds and dished out four assists.

Isaacs’ 2.4 3-pointers per game currently rank second in the Big South, while her .415 3FG shooting percentage is good for sixth.

Gibson Back on Track
Ced Gibson also had a career performance against Campbell as the junior guard dropped 24 points on 10-20 from the floor with four 3-pointers.

Gibson has moved into third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.0 ppg despite being held off the score sheet in Coastal’s first two games of the season. Gibson also sat out for Coastal’s game against Allen, but led the Chants in scoring in three straight games against Saint Francis (16 points), Sacred Heart (13 points) and Hofstra (13 points).

Gibson is one of three Chanticleers to be ranked in the top-20 in scoring in the Big South, coming in at 17th behind Isaacs (11.4 ppg) and Rachael Gregory (13.0 ppg).

Up Next
Coastal faces its second Big South opponent of the season on Dec. 14 when UNC Asheville comes to The HTC Center for a 7 p.m. game. The Chants will have an opportunity to avenge their three losses to the Bulldogs from last season, the last of which eliminated Coastal from the Big South tournament.

Men’s Basketball vs. NC Wesleyan
Game Information
Date / Time: Wed., Dec. 9, 2015 / 6:30 p.m.
Site: Conway, S.C. / HTC Center (3,212)
Audio Broadcast: Chanticleer Sports Network
Radio: WSEA Sports Radio 100.3 “The Team”
Online Audio Link:
Talent: Aaron Marks (play-by-play)
Live Stats:
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports
Coastal Carolina Game Notes

Last Time Out
• Coastal Carolina used a 27-13 run through the middle stages of the second half to build a double-digit lead on Radford then hung on at the end to defeat the Highlanders 63-58 in Big South Conference men’s basketball action Sunday.
• Coastal was co-led by Jaylen Shaw and Marcus Freeman’s 12 points each off the bench. Also in double-figures for the Chants were Badou Diagne and Colton Ray-St Cyr with 10 points apiece. Freeman and Diagne shared the rebounding lead with eight each.
• Radford was paced by Cameron Jones’ 21 points on six made shots, including five 3-pointers, and four free throws. Taj Owens finished with 10, while Jones and Brandon Holcomb co-led the Highlanders with eight rebounds.

The Series vs. NC Wesleyan
• Coastal Carolina is 2-0 all-time against NC Wesleyan, posting home wins in 2010 (96-56) and 2013 (89-54).
• Moreover, the Chanticleers are also a 11-0 against NC Wesleyan’s fellow USA South Conference members. CCU 4-0 against Methodist, 2-0 versus Piedmont, 1-0 against Covenant, 1-0 against LaGrange, 2-0 against North Carolina Wesleyan and 1-0 versus Greensboro.

Up Next
• The Chanticleers are off until Monday, Dec. 14 when they return to action at Wofford for a 7 p.m. tipoff on ESPN3. The meeting will mark the first on the hardwood between the two institutions, despite the South Carolina schools being less than 250 miles apart.

Highlanders Bring The Best Out Of Freeman
• Last season Marcus Freeman had a breakout performance in Coastal’s 65-59 win at Radford with 14 points and 16 rebounds. This season was no different as Freeman, who played sparingly at Campbell and did not play against Auburn due to matchups, scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebound (4 offensive / 4 defensive) in only 13 minutes off the bench to aid the Chants to a 63-58 win over the Highlanders on Dec. 6. Freeman finished the game 6-of-9 from the floor with the majority of his shots coming as putbacks and easy layups in the paint.
• In his two career games against Radford, which features a lineup of large forwards and centers, Freeman is averaging 13.0 points and 12.0 rebounds.

Chanticleers Leading The Big South Stats
• Coastal Carolina leads the Big South Conference in four statistical categories: Scoring Margin (+11.5 ppg), Field Goal Percentage Defense (.370), Rebounding Offense (41.2 rpg) and Defensive Rebounds (29.0 d/rpg).

Notes From The Radford Game
• Coastal Carolina pushed its win streak against the Highlanders to eight straight. Radford last defeated Coastal Jan. 14, 2010.
Jaylen Shaw scored 12 points off the bench, but more impressive were his five assists, while not turning the ball over.
• Eight of the nine Chanticleers that saw game action scored at least three points.
• Coastal ran its record to 2-0 when at least four players score in double-figures. Shaw (12), Freeman (12), Ray-St Cyr (10) and Diagne (10).
• Coastal’s seven blocks were a season-high.



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