Jan. 24, 2013
CONWAY - Winthrop's Diana Choibekova tied a season-high with 23 points, including six 3-pointers, and guard Dequesha McClanahan added 16 points as the Eagles pulled away in the second half to defeat Coastal Carolina in a Big South women's basketball game at The HTC Center Thursday night, 76-52. It was the fifth straight win for Winthrop, which improved to 12-8 overall and 6-2 in the Big South. Coastal fell to 7-12 overall and 2-7 in the conference with its fifth consecutive setback.
Shatia Cole led the Chanticleers with 16 points while Alexx Puckett had 13 points. Katelyn Connor added 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Choibekova had 14 of her points for the Eagles in the second half and hit on 6-of-8 3-pointers. She came into the game having hit 58 3-pointers on the season. A year ago, she led the NCAA Division I in 3-point shots per game.
Winthrop led from mid-way in the first half and had a 10-point advantage at the half, 32-22. The Chanticleers cut a 13-point lead to six (44-38) with a eight-point run up to the 12:44 mark in the second half, but the Eagles responded by scoring seven of the next nine points to again build a comfortable lead. The Eagles' largest lead came at 75-49 with 1:15 left in the game.
McClanahan, who came into the game averaging 18 points a game and 25 over the last four contests, had just six points in the first half, but the Eagles still managed to break open a four-point game by going on an 11-2 run toward the close of the first half to give the visitors their largest lead of the period at 32-19 with a minute left. Cole hit a 3-pointer before the half ended and led the Chanticleers with eight points in the first period.
The Chanticleers shot 30.0 percent (9-of-30) in the first half and 31.6 percent overall (18-of-57). The starting five of Cole, Angelica Henry, AJ Jordan, Connor and Puckett combined to hit 17-of-51 from the field.
Coastal will play at home again at 4 p.m. on Saturday versus UNC Asheville. Winthrop remains on the road at Charleston Southern on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina (7-12, 2-7 Big South)
UNC Asheville (2-17, 0-8 Big South)
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 | 4 p.m.
Farmville, Va. | The HTC Center (3,212)
ESPN3 Broadcast Crew: Matt Hogue (play-by-play) and Nate Ross (analyst)
ESPN3 Online Link: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/745634/unc-asheville-vs-coastal-carolina-exclusive
Online Audio Broadcast: The Coastal Carolina - UNC Asheville game will be broadcast live online at GoCCUSports.com with Ryan Borawski describing all the action.
Online Audio Link: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/coastal.portal#
Live Stats: Available at GoCCUSports.com
Series: Tied 28-28
Streak: Won 1
Last 10: 4-6
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina had four players score in double figures as the Chanticleers handily dispatched UNC Asheville 74-58 on Feb. 6, 2012, in Kimbel Arena.