Jan. 25, 2014
ROCK HILL - Winthrop's Erica Williams and Dequesha McClanahan each scored 20-plus points and the Eagles combined to make 10 3-pointers to defeat Coastal Carolina 90-61 in a Saturday matinee inside the Winthrop Coliseum
Winthrop (14-6, 8-3 Big South) shot an even 50 percent in the first half and made 7-of-10 3-point attempts. The Eagles' stellar shooting slowed in the second half as the team finished with an overall shooting percentage of 46.3 percent, including a 58.8 clip from three. Winthrop also turned 17 Chanticleer turnovers into 27 points.
Coastal (10-10, 6-5 Big South) shot 30.8 percent from the floor and made six 3-pointers. The Chanticleers won the battle on the board 44-42 and held a 12-8 advantage in second chance points.
Williams led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-13 from the field and 6-of-8 from the foul line. She also pulled down 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. McClanahan, the two-time reigning Big South Player of the Year, finished with 23 points, including nine from a trio of 3-pointers. Pamela Decheva connected on four of the Eagles' 10 3-pointers to tally 12 points, while Samiya Wright chipped in 10 points on the afternoon.
The Chanticleers were paced by Angelica Henry's 18 points. Henry made a trio of threes in the second half and converted 9-of-11 at the free-throw line. AJ Jordan and Alexx Puckett joined Henry in double-figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Savanah Pippin led Coastal on the glass with 11 rebounds.
Winthrop's Wright opened the scoring in the contest with a triple from the wing on the Eagles' first possession. After two empty offensive possessions, Coastal's Jordan gave the teal-clad visitors a 4-3 lead with back-to-back jumpers. However, the Chants' lead would not last long as Winthrop's McClanahan answered with her first trey of the contest, sparking a 25-3 Eagle run en route to a 28-7 lead.
Puckett and Pippin combined for Coastal's next 12 points; however, the Eagles continued their hot shooting and matched the Chants shot for shot. Winthrop maintained its 20 point lead throughout the remainder of the first half, pulling ahead by as many as 25 on a McClanahan free throw with 37 seconds before the half. Pippin scored Coastal's final points of the half with a put back to provide the 29-26 halftime score.
After trading baskets over the opening six minutes of the second stanza, Henry connected from deep on consecutive possessions to cut the Eagles lead to 17 at 57-40. Winthrop's McClanahan then made a jumper and Williams scored nine of the game's next fifteen points to push the Eagles to a 70-47 advantage.
Coastal would get no closer throughout the remainder of the game as the Eagles closed the contest on a 20-14 run on their way to the 90-61 victory.
Coastal Carolina returns home to The HTC Center for two games next week. The Chants host Radford Thursday, Jan. 30 and Longwood on Saturday, Feb. 1. Winthrop returns to action Jan. 30 at Charleston Southern.