Feb. 14, 2011
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team rallied from as many as 11 down to defeat Radford, who came into the contest sitting second in the Big South, 55-54 in a Valentine's Day evening game on Monday.
Radford (10-13, 7-3 BSC) and Coastal Carolina (9-14, 3-8 BSC) would match each other with 20 points apiece from the field in the second half; but it was the Chanticleers who would tilt the contest at the free throw line by converting 17 of 19 attempts.
Coastal's Sydnei Moss would nearly match her season-high of 20 points with 19 on the evening as she led all scorers. Olivia Irick, who scored 21 against Radford on Jan. 29, also reached double-figures with 16 points including a career-high 10-of-10 from the free throw line. Katie Ahaus equaled her season-high with nine points on 2-of-5 from the field and 4-of-6 six from the line.
Radford was paced by Victoria Hamilton's and Da'Naria Erwin Spencer's 13 and 12 points, respectively. Brooke McElroy finished with a game-high 15 boards.
The Chanticleers finished shooting 78.6 percent from the free throw line along with a 14-6 point advantage in points off turnovers.
Over the first four minutes of the second half Coastal Carolina trimmed three points off the Radford lead as the Chanticleers used a 9-6 run, capped by a Moss three, to draw within six. The scoring margin was the closest the Chants had been since Radford held a 15-10 advantage with 9:17 to play in the first half.
After a floater in the lane by Moss, two converted free throws by Irick and lay in by Katie White; Coastal had worked itself back into the game cutting the Radford lead down to a single possession game with the scoreboard reading 35-33. The next possession down the floor, Moss came through with a jumper from the right wing to knot the score at 35 all with 10:53 showing on the game clock. Moss' jumper would cap an 8-0 Coastal run.
The following five minutes of play saw the teams equal one another on the scoreboard in Kimbel Arena with both squads scoring six points. Neither team would be able to pull away over the next three minutes as the teams would continue to exchange points until Coastal was able to put together back-to-back scoring possessions to take a slim 47-45 advantage off baskets by White and Moss with 1:07 remaining.
On the Highlanders' ensuing possession, Moss stole the ball away from Buckhannon and fed it ahead to a streaking Katie Ahaus who would be fouled on her way to the basket. Ahaus would then sink both freebies to give Coastal its largest lead of the game at 49-45. Radford would score on the other end to bring the game back to a two point affair. Moss was then fouled twice and went a perfect four-of-four from the line to reestablish Coastal's four point edge.
With nine ticks remaining Radford's Eric Rivera would score on a layup in the lane to keep the Highlanders in the game at a 53-51 disadvantage. Irick was then fouled on the ensuing inbounds play and would drain both shots from the line to keep the Chanticleers up by four.
Radford's Victoria Hamilton would sink a desperation three at the buzzer to push the final score to 55-54.
The Chanticleers and Highlanders exchanged baskets in the early going in the first half, but Radford would pull away after the second media timeout. A 14-3 Radford run coupled with a three plus minute Coastal scoring drought swung all the momentum in the favor of the visitors with just under seven minute to play in the half. Sparked by a Taylor Epley steal just outside the paint, the Chanticleers outscored the Highlanders 7-5 down the stretch to enter the locker room with a nine point deficit at 27-18
Coastal Carolina will make its final two game road trip of the regular season as the Chants head north to Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Feb. 19 and UNC Asheville on Monday, Feb. 21. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. in Gardner-Webb and 7 p.m. at UNC Asheville.
Radford will return to the court on Feb. 19 at Liberty.