Jan. 29, 2011
RADFORD, Va. - For the second time in as many games the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team went toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the Big South Conference but didn't have enough for league leading Radford as the Chanticleers fell 66-55.
Coastal Carolina's, 6-13 (0-7 Big South), Olivia Irick led all scorers in the game as she established a new career-high of 21 points. Sydnei Moss also contributed heavily as she notched her fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Radford, 10-11 (7-1 Big South), was paced by Ashley Buckhannon's 18 points. Da'Naria Erwin Spencer and Denay Wood reached double figures scoring 13 and 11 points respectively.
With time winding down in the first half Radford's Brooke McElroy elevated for a three pointer at the top of the key and was immediately rejected by senior center Katie White. The rejection sent White to the top of Coastal Carolina's all-time blocked shots list with 190 surpassing Chanticleer great Sandra Leach's career total of 189 set from 1979-83. White would record one additional block in the second half to finish with seven in the game and 191 in her career.
The Chants opened the second half with a 7-2 run to cut the Radford lead down to 27-24 with just over 15 remaining in the contest. The Highlanders would respond a 5-2 run of its own to retake a six point advantage.
Over the next seven minutes, Irick and Moss would be responsible for every point of the Chants 13-7 run to knot the score at 39. Radford would then use a 12-3 run, with all but two of the points coming from the charity stripe, to pull away from the Chants on the scoreboard at 51-43. During that stretch, Coastal was unable to bring the ball across half court for nearly 2:30 of play.
Irick connected on her fourth and final three pointer of the game to trim Coastal's deficit to five with 2:42 to play, but Radford's Ashley Beckhannon and Erwin Spencer quickly converted layups on ensuing possessions to halt any mounting Coastal momentum. The Highlanders then extended the lead to 12, its highest of the game, with a trey by Denay Wood to put away the game.
Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half, but it was the Highlanders who would eventually find its stroke and finish the half with an edge in shooting percentage and the lead on the scoreboard at 25-17.
Coastal stormed out to an early 11-3 lead on the Highlanders early in the first half, but watched as Radford countered with 10-0 run to take its first lead in the game at 13-11 before White was able to end Coastals's scoring drought with two free throws to even the score to 13 all.
Coastal will wrap up its four game road swing with a trip to Winthrop to take on the Eagles on Monday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. The game will mark the end of the Chanticleers first time through the Big South schedule this season.