Chants Open Williams Era with Runaway Victory
Nov. 9, 2013
CONWAY - The Jaida Williams era of Coastal Carolina women's basketball opened with a runaway 97-66 victory over Virginia Intermont on Saturday afternoon at The HTC Center.
The Chants' 97 points were the most scored by the program since finishing with 99 against Morris College on Jan. 7, 2008. Coastal, who averaged a 37.3 percent clip from the field last season, shot 51.4 percent (38-of-74) from the floor and a staggering 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from beyond the arc on the day.
AJ Jordan led the Coastal attack with a career-high 22 points on 9-of-19 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. The junior was joined in double-figures by four teammates, marking the first time five Chants scored in double-figures since Jan. 13 of last season. Angelica Henry was Coastal's second leading scorer with 17 points and tied a career-high with 10 assists. Kayla Cook poured in 16 points, while Megan Pittman, who redshirted last season due to injury, scored 15. Alexx Puckett rounded out the Chants with double-digits in the scoring column with 15 points.
"I was pleased with the way our student-athletes played today," said Williams, who picked up her first win as a collegiate head coach. "I felt like our staff and players were prepared for today's game. We played great defensively for the first four and a half minutes, but it was not our best defensive effort for the entire 40 minutes."
Virginia Intermont was led by Rainey Story's 20 points on 8-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the line. Radvile Autukaite scored 12 for the Cobra's and Morgan Whittemore added 10.
Coastal's Katelyn Connor was the game's leading rebounder with 11, including eight second-half offensive boards.
The Chanticleers opened the game on a 13-0 run with Jordan and Puckett pouring in seven and six points, respectively, and never looked back. Coastal extended its lead out 31-13 at the under eight media timeout then put together a 24-17 run over the remainder of the first half to take a 55-30 lead into the locker room.
After a quick basket by Virginia Intermont's Autukatie to open the second half, the Chants used a 27-16 run to take an 82-46 lead and put the game out of reach with 10:15 to play. The scoring streak was highlighted by a pair of treys by Pittman and one by Henry on three consecutive possessions to push a 20-point lead to 29 points in a span of 1:23.
Williams went to her bench the rest of the way as Coastal kept pace with the Cobras to produce the 97-66 final.
The Chanticleers controlled a 42-30 advantage in points in the paint and produced 32 points off 22 Cobra turnovers. Coastal also controlled the offensive glass, scoring 37 second chance points.
Coastal Carolina returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, Nov. 13 hosting Brevard College. Tipoff at The HTC Center is set for 7 p.m.