Feb. 8, 2014
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Coastal Carolina cut a 21-point second half deficit down to six points with under a minute to play; however, the Chanticleers ran out of time as High Point held on for the 81-73 victory on Saturday afternoon inside the Millis Center.
AJ Jordan led Coastal (11-13, 7-8 Big South) with a career-high 27 points on 11-of-20 from the floor and 5-of-7 at the free-throw line. Alexx Puckett scored 17 points, while senior Angelica Henry turned in her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
High Point (15-8, 11-3 Big South), winners of its seventh straight game, was led in the scoring column by Stacia Robertson's career-high tying 28 point performance. The redshirt junior scored 22 of her point in the paint and controlled nine rebounds. She was joined in double-figures by Ashante Richard (13 pts.), Kaylah Keys (13 pts.) and Latrice Phelps (11 pts.).
High Point ended the game shooting 53.2 percent (33-of-62) from the field, including a 33.3 percent (4-of-12) clip from 3-point range. Coastal shot 41.8 percent (28-of-67) overall and outrebounded the Panthers 44-31 which led to a 46-42 advantage in points in the paint. High Point turned 16 Coastal turnovers into 22 points and owned a 15-8 lead in fastbreak points.
The first half turned into a track meet with both teams racing up and down the court, while shooting well above their season averages. High Point, which averages a 40.4 shooting percentage, connected on 20-of-34 shots for a 58.8 percentage. The Chanticleers, who average 39.9 percent from the floor on the season, shot an even 50.0 percent, connecting on 16-of-32 attempts. The teams combined for 86 points in the period with the Panthers taking a 49-37 lead into the locker room.
Coastal trailed 10-9 before putting together its first scoring run of the contest. Henry scored in the lane and Megan Pittman followed with a bucket in the paint before Henry put the Chants up 15-10 with a transition layup. The teams traded baskets over the ensuing two minutes leaving Coastal ahead by a 19-14 tally. However, Coastal's lead would not last long as the Panthers reeled off an 11-0 run in 1:55, taking a 25-19 lead with 9:01 to play before the half.
High Point continued to add to its lead, advancing out to a 45-29 edge on a Teddy Vincent 3-pointer at the 2:35 mark. Coastal's Jordan pulled the Chants back within 10 at 45-35 with a 6-0 run of her own. The junior scored twice at the line and followed with two layups following Panther turnovers. But High Point countered with baskets from Phelps and Robertson to break the Chants' momentum. Jordan ended the half with a 15-footer as time expired to provide the 49-37 halftime score.
The teams slowed the pace down and played even over the opening six minutes of the second half, leaving High Point ahead on the scoreboard 57-45 at the 13:46 mark. Robertson then scored six points as part of a 13-4 High Point run, allowing the Panthers to take a game-high 21-point lead at 70-49 with 9:24 to play in regulation.
Coastal would not go away quietly over the remainder of the contest as the Chants' closed the Panthers' lead to six points with 40 seconds to play.
The teal-clad Chanticleers initiated their comeback with a 17-5 scoring stretch, cutting the High Point lead to 75-66 at the under-4 media timeout. Jordan started CCU's comeback with two jumpers and Jena Hamrick followed with a floater in the lane. The Chants then got five straight points from Puckett on two at the free-throw line and a 3-point play. Following five points from Katelyn Connor, Jordan capped the run with her final points of the game at the 3:58 mark.
High Point extended its lead out to 79-69 before Coastal closed to within 79-73 as Puckett scored in the paint and Henry made two free throws. However, the Chants would run out of time over the final seconds as HPU's Robertson sealed the game with two free throws, providing the 81-73 final.
Coastal Carolina returns home to The HTC Center to host Campbell in its lone game in the coming week. The Chants and Fighting Camels are slated for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Thursday, Feb. 13. High Point next plays at Charleston Southern on Feb. 13.