Adams Crosses 1,000 as Coastal Falls at UTA
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team suffered another heartbreaking road loss Saturday afternoon as the Chants fell, 65-63, at UTA's College Park Center. The loss spoiled a milestone performance for Coastal's lone senior Jas Adams, who scored a game-high 24 points and became the 15th Chanticleer in program history to surpass 1,000 career points.
Adams had an opportunity to tie the game late, as Coastal (11-12, 5-7) had the last possession following a Shelby Richards free throw that gave UTA (13-10, 7-5) its two-point lead with 30 seconds remaining. The Chants called two timeouts during their final possession but were unable to get a quality look, and Adams' last second shot missed the mark.
Adam's 24 points came on 8-of-18 from the field, including six 3-pointers, one short of her career high. The senior guard entered the game with 999 career points, and reached the milestone early in the game as she scored Coastal's first points at the free-throw line. Adams has 1,023 points following Saturday's game, surpassing Angelica Henry (2010-14) to move into 14th among Coastal's all-time leading scorers.
Naheria Hamilton collected her sixth double-double of the season -- and third straight -- scoring 16 points while pulling in a career-high 16 rebounds. The sophomore center also tied her personal best in blocks with five.
Richards finished as the Mavs' leading scorer with 20 points, making four of her team's seven 3-pointers. Rebekah VanDijk finished with 11 points in only 14 minutes of action, as the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year picked up three fouls in the first half and spent a majority of the second half on the bench.
Coastal was the better shooting team during the game and also held an advantage in rebounding, but its 14 turnovers led to 17 points for UTA. The Mavs themselves only turned the ball over nine times.
The game remained close through the majority of the first half before UTA managed to distance itself in the closing minutes of the second quarter. Adams and Richards led their teams with 13 and 15 points, respectively, over the game's first 20 minutes, as the pair accounted for all but one of the 3-pointers made in the half. Adams made all three of the Chants' long-range shots, and four of Coastal's 10 baskets overall. On the other side, Richards had four triples and added an additional basket from inside the arc.
The Mavs grabbed the lead early, but were never ahead by more than six points through the first 17 minutes of action. Coastal even tied the game at the 6:54 mark of the second quarter, but UTA finished the remainder of the half on a 12-2 run to take a 40-30 lead into halftime.
Coastal nearly erased its deficit in the third quarter with a stretch of 11 unanswered points in slightly over three minutes to bring the margin to two. The Chants managed just two baskets over the remaining three minutes of the quarter, however, while UTA scored eight points to carry a five point cushion in the game's final 10 minutes.
The Chants remained within six points for the entirety of the fourth quarter, and had once again made it a one-possession game after Adams hit a 3-pointer with 3:33 to play. VanDijk then scored four unanswered points herself after coming off the bench to put UTA back in front by six with 2:32 to go. A pair of jumpers by Hamilton and Adams sandwiched a Breelyn Blanding free throw that made it a one-point game in the final minute. Richards then worked her way to free throw line where she hit one of two to close out the game's scoring.
Coastal begins a three-game home stand next Saturday when it hosts Appalachian State for a 1 p.m. game at the HTC Center. The Chants swept the Mountaineers in last year's regular season contests, but fell to App State in the first round of the 2017 Sun Belt Championship.