Jan. 9, 2010
CONWAY, S.C. -- Behind guard Sydnei Moss' double-double of a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds, the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team earned a 74-68 win over visiting Charleston Southern, Jan. 9. The Chanticleers picked up their first Big South Conference win of the year and moved to 10-5 and 1-2 in league play, while the Buccaneers fell to 7-7 and 1-2 in the conference.
The Chanticleers' defense shut down the top scoring offense in the league for nearly six minutes to start the game with a 12-0 run. The Buccaneers got on the board at 13:46 and fought their way back to close the within two points twice in the first half, with the last after Tina Decarvalho hit two free-throws to make it 23-21 Coastal with just under five minutes to go in the half. Both teams battled but Coastal extended its least with a 12-5 run to end the first half to give the Chants having a nine-point hafltime advantage, 35-26. T
he combat continued in the second half as the Chants held a double-figure lead over the Buccaneers five times in the first nine minutes, the last of which was at 58-46 with 10 minutes to play. The Bucs continued to chip away, utilizing a 7-0 run, all from the charity stripe, in getting the lead down to two at 63-61 with five minutes to go. Stull responded with a crucial three-pointer followed by two Moss free-throws at 3:53 to extend the Chant lead back to 68-61. Tull hit two jumpers in a row and Kelsey Wasmer hit a jumper cutting Coastal's lead to one, 69-68 with just 1:33 remaining. The Chanticleers wouldn't let the Buccaneers get closer as Moss hit a pair of jumpers and the Chants hit three free throws in the closing minutes to seal the victory.
The Chanticleers shot 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from field and 62.2 percent (23-37) from the free-throw line. For the first time in six games, Coastal out rebounded its opponent 44-40.
Charleston Southern was held to 32.8 percent (19-of-58) from the field, but shot 83.9 percent (26-of-31) from the line, including 16-of-18 (88.9 percent) from the line in the second half to keep in the game.
Senior Kendra Reynolds also posted her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds for Coastal. Senior Amanda Stull was the third Chanticleer in double figures with 13 points, hitting a pair of triples from beyond the arc in the crucial minutes of the second half. Tull led Charleston Southern with a 19-point effort, while LeChell Rush posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The Chanticleers will have a week off before taking on Winthrop on January 18 in Kimbel Arena at 7 p.m.Charleston Southern will step out of conference play for a second meeting with Savannah State University, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in Savannah, Ga.