Strong Second Half Leads Coastal Past Charleston Southern
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team outscored Charleston Southern by 16 points in the second half of Saturday afternoon’s game to take a 73-62 victory inside the Buc Dome and snap a two-game losing skid.
Coastal (7-9, 2-5) received strong second-half performances from the Isaacs sisters, Stephanie and Nicole, and Jamie Williams. Stephanie and Nicole each finished with 17 points as the former led the second-half charge with 13 and the latter scored 11 in the closing 20 minutes. Williams tallied 11 points with all but two coming in the second.
Jas Adams added 12 points to round out Coastal’s double-figure scorers.
It is Coastal’s eighth consecutive win over Charleston Southern (8-9, 3-5) stretching back to the 2012-13 season.
As has been the trend for the majority of the season, Coastal’s largest scoring output came in the final quarter. CCU’s 25 points in the fourth are the second most in a quarter against a Big South opponent this season, following the 28 points scored in the fourth quarter against Campbell on Dec. 1.
Charleston Southern led 35-30 going into halftime before Coastal outscored the Bucs 18-12 in the third quarter to regain a one-point lead.
Coastal held a 44.1 percent - 39.6 percent advantage shooting from the floor and out-rebounded the Bucs 44-38. The Chants went just 16-of-30 from the line, but hit the free throws they needed down the stretch as they closed the game with 10 straight points from the stripe as CSU tried to catch up.
Coastal – the Big South’s leader in steals – recorded 10 takeaways as CSU turned the ball over 23 times leading to 33 points off turnovers for the Chants.
The Chants opened the second quarter outscoring the Bucs 8-2 in the first two minutes to extend their lead to 12 before Gibson appeared to twist her ankle in a scramble for a loose ball. With Gibson on the bench the Chants’ offense suffered a nearly six-minute scoring drought while CSU scored 15 straight to take a 29-26 lead. CSU’s Shauntavia Dobson hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter, including back-to-back shots in the final minute to give the Bucs a 35-30 lead at the half.
Ke’Asia Jackson led CSU with 17 points, followed by the 15 of Dobson and 13 of Nayla Long. Elyse Kiploks was held off the scoreboard, but led all players with 14 rebounds.
Chanticleer head coach Jaida Williams retained her perfect record against CSU as she moved to 6-0 all-time against the Bucs.
Up next Coastal plays its second and final home game in the month of January on Tuesday when the Liberty Flames come to Conway for a 7 p.m. game at The HTC Center. The Chants will look to end the 44-game win streak the Flames have held since the 1995-96 season.