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Chanticleers Fall Short at Radford

       

Alexx Puckett scored a career-high 16 points.

Alexx Puckett scored a career-high 16 points.

Jan. 17, 2013

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RADFORD, Va. - Alexx Puckett, Angelica Henry and Katelyn Connor each scored in double figures for Coastal Carolina, but it was not enough as Radford had four players post 10-plus point performances of their own to down the visiting Chanticleers 68-50 on Thursday afternoon at the Dedmon Center.

Coastal (7-10, 2-5 Big South) was led by Puckett's career-high 16 points on 6-of-16 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from deep. Henry poured in 13 points on 3-of-4 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line, while Connor chipped in 10 points. The Chants were undone by 24 turnovers that led to 29 Highlander points.

Ashley Buckhannon paced Radford (9-6, 4-2 Big South) with a game-high 22 points, including 15 from 3-point land. Victoria Hamilton and Diani Mason each chipped in 11 for the Highlanders. Sarah Tabb rounded out the Radford scores in double figure with 10 points.

After opening the second half on an 8-4 run and cutting its halftime deficit to seven points, Coastal had a chance to cut the game to two-possessions as Puckett stepped to the line to shoot two at the 15:46 mark. However, Puckett was unable to connect on either and the Highlanders retaliated with a 16-4 run over the next six minutes, putting the game out of reach.

An AJ Jordan 3-pointer briefly slowed the Highlander momentum, but the home squad refused to waiver and went on a 15-7 run, taking a game-high 24-point lead on three different occasions. Coastal finished the game on an 8-2 run courtesy of four freebies, a Corinne Holland jumper and a Henry layup.

Coastal and Radford exchanged baskets on their opening possessions, but the Highlanders didn't stop there using an 8-2 run to take an early 11-4 lead. The Chants then responded with a Puckett layup and a pair from Henry at the line to pull back to within three. Radford countered with a 12-5 run to take its then-largest lead of the half at 23-13 with 9:24 showing on the clock.

Over the ensuing four minutes, the Chants pulled back into the game and closed the score back to four points at 23-19. Henry capped the 6-0 run with a deep trey. However, the momentum quickly swung back in Radford's favor as the Highlander's Diani Mason converted an old-fashioned 3-point play. Coastal was unable to answer for the remainder of the half as Radford took advantage of several Chanticleer turnovers to build a 31-20 lead at the break.

For the game, Coastal Carolina shot 36.2 percent (17-of-47) from the field, including a season-high 50 percent (4-of-8) from deep. Radford shot 36.9 percent (24-of-65) from the floor and won the rebounding battle 39-37.

Coastal continues its road swing at Big South newcomer Longwood on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Chanticleers and Lancers last met during the 1985-86 season with the Lancers claiming the 74-61 victory in Farmville, Va.