Chants Suffer 59-55 Setback at Louisiana
LAFAYETTE, La. - For the second consecutive game the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team battled back from a double-digit deficit in the second half before suffering a loss, this time falling 59-55 to Louisiana Saturday afternoon at the Cajundome.
The loss drops Coastal to 8-7 overall while evening its Sun Belt record to 2-2. Louisiana improves to 8-8, 3-1.
The Chants trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half, including 11 points in the fourth quarter, before making a strong push at the end to make it a three-point game with just under two minutes remaining. Coastal was held off the board for the remaining time, however, and Louisiana hit a final free throw with eight seconds left to make the final margin four points.
Coastal shot 44 percent from the field to Louisiana's 40 percent, and held a 30-26 advantage in rebounds, but committed its second-most turnovers of the season with 24. The Chants were also called for a season-high 22 personal fouls, leading to 13 points for the Ragin' Cajuns at the free-throw line.
Jas Adams led the game in both points and rebounds with 19 and seven, respectively, but was the only Chants to reach double digits. Coastal's next highest scorer was Jamie Williams with nine points, a season high for the junior. Breelyn Blanding and DJ Williams each dished out four assists.
Louisiana's Skyler Goodwin scored 17 points, followed by Troi Swain with 10.
Coastal led for just under six minutes in the opening quarter before Louisiana took the lead for good around the one-minute mark of the period. The Ragin' Cajuns' 13-11 lead after the first expanded to double figures six minutes in the second as Goodwin and Swain combined for 10 points and led the home side on a 15-3 run. Louisiana made eight of its 16 attempts from the field in the second quarter as it carried a 34-27 lead into halftime.
Louisiana continued to build its lead as the second half began, using a 9-2 run in the third quarter to take a 15-point lead, its largest of the game, at the 2:58 mark. Adams ended the run with a 3-pointer, and the Chants hit three free throws as the quarter wound down to cut the deficit to 11 points.
Coastal's comeback started in earnest with just over seven minutes remaining when DJ Williams hit a pair of free throws to bring the margin back to single digits. Williams' two makes at the line kicked off a stretch where Coastal outscored Louisiana 8-2 to further decrease the Ragin' Cajuns' lead to just four points.
Goodwin ended a four-minute scoreless drought for Louisiana with a 3-pointer as the clock ticked under three minutes to play, giving a seven-point cushion back to her team. It proved to be enough for Louisiana as Coastal managed only a layup and a pair of free throws in the following minute, and nothing else for the remaining 1:58.
The Chants return to the HTC Center next weekend to host Georgia Southern on Thursday and Georgia State on Saturday. Coastal is 8-2 on its home court this season with a pair of wins against Sun Belt opponents.