Georgia Southern Rallies Past Coastal in Fourth Quarter
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team saw a fourth quarter lead fall away, and a last-second 3-point attempt by Ced Gibson to tie the game missed the mark as Georgia Southern slipped past the Chants, 65-62, Saturday afternoon at the HTC Center.
Coastal (9-14, 4-9) led by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter -- the largest lead of the game -- but could not hold on as Nakol Franks scored 10 of her 14 total points in the final frame to lead Georgia Southern's (11-13, 7-6,) rally.
Franks hit back-to-back 3-pointers, then added a jumper at the 1:23 mark to cut Coastal's lead to one. A pair of free throws by Angel McGowan 30 seconds later gave the Eagles the advantage, and Franks added two more points at the line with just three seconds remaining in regulation to put Georgia Southern ahead by three. Coastal opted to advance the ball after calling a timeout, but failed to tie the game on a last-second shot by Gibson.
Georgia Southern finished the final 3:34 of the game on a 12-2 run. Coastal's last points came at the 1:45 mark.
Gibson's 22 points led all players as the senior shot 8-of-17 from the field with five makes from 3-point range. Kennedy Archer was also accurate from beyond the arc, where she finished 4-of-5, and followed Gibson with 14 points. Gibson and Archer also tallied six assists each. Naheria Hamilton rounded out Coastal's double-figure scorers with 10 points.
Alexis Brown paced Georgia Southern with 15 points, and Patrice Butler nearly had a double-double with 13 rebounds and eight points.
The two sides were almost statistically identical, as each side shot just under 40 percent from the field and hauled in an even 37 rebounds. Coastal totaled nine 3-pointers to Georgia Southern's seven, though the Eagles held a five-point advantage over Costal at the free throw line.
Coastal gained a 19-14 advantage at the end of the first quarter thanks to an 8-2 run over the frame's final 2:50. Robinson led the charge during that span, scoring four of her six first-quarter points. The Chants were efficient from the field in the game's opening 10 minutes, shooting at a 60 percent clip.
Georgia Southern responded with an 8-2 run of its own to open the second quarter, with the final point of that stretch -- a free throw by Amira Atwater -- giving the Eagles a lead they would hold for the remainder of the half. Coastal was limited to six points in the second quarter as it went 3-of-18 from the field. The Butler sisters, Sierra and Patrice, led Georgia Southern with a combined eight points in the frame to help give the Eagles a 29-25 lead at the break.
Coastal reclaimed the lead in the third quarter as its 3-point shooting, especially that of Gibson, began to heat up. All seven of Coastal's field goals in the quarter came from beyond the arc, with only one 3-point attempt missing the mark. Gibson accounted for five of the seven makes, and Archer added a pair to push her scoring total into double figures. Coastal also went 5-of-6 from the line, giving the Chants a 51-46 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Coastal heads to the state of Alabama for its next pair of games, a 7 p.m. (CT) tilt at South Alabama on Thursday, and 2 p.m. (CT) contest at Troy on Saturday.