Feb. 14, 2013
CONWAY - Presbyterian College's low post duo of Mariah Pietrowski and Shonda Burnside took advantage of their size and ability to score a combined 34 points and hand Coastal Carolina a 65-54 loss on Tuesday evening at The HTC Center.
Pietrowski scored a game-high 18 points, while Burnside finished with 16. Dria David and Karlee Taylor also scored in double figures for Presbyterian College (14-10, 9-4 Big South). The Blue Hose finished the game shooting 60.5 percent (23-of-38) with 15 of those makes coming from inside the paint.
Angelica Henry poured in Coastal's final seven points of the game to finish as the Chants' leading scorer with 16 points. Shatia Cole posted double digits in the scoring column with 13 points and led all players with a game-high five steals.
The defeat snaps Coastal's (11-13, 6-8 Big South) four-game winning streak and keeps the Chanticleers saddled in seventh in the overall conference standings.
Coastal and Presbyterian College exchanged the lead five times in the opening four-plus minutes of the second half before Taylor drilled a trey to put the Blue Hose up 32-30 just after the under-16 media timeout. Henry tied the game at 32 with a runner in the lane, but Burnside and David immediately answered with a layup and 3-pointer, respectively, on Presbyterian College's ensuing two possessions. Connor then brought Coastal back within a point at 37-36 with four straight tallies.
After Alexx Puckett made two at the line Burnside connected on a bank shot that sparked a 16-5 Blue Hose run over the next 6:19. A layup by Cole and jumper by Puckett bookended a pair at the line by Presbyterian College's David, but it would not be enough to ignite the Chanticleers. The Blue Hose scored the game's next seven points at the free-throw line to take a game-high 18-point lead with 1:29 to play.
Henry scored Coastal's final seven points on a pair of mid-range jumpers and a 3-pointer to provide 65-54 final score.
Presbyterian College opened the game on a 7-0 run before the Chants found their first basket of the evening. But as they have over their past several games, the Chanticleers responded with a lengthy scoring streak of their own to take a 14-9 advantage with 11:22 remaining in the half.
Five straight points by the Blue Hose's Burnside closed Coastal's advantage to 16-14. The sides exchanged baskets over the next several minutes before Pietrowski scored four in the paint and sank a pair at the line to knot the game at 22-all. Cole answered with a tip-in off a Connor miss and Henry added a layup to give the Chants a 26-22 lead. However, Presbyterian College's Taylor drilled a 3-pointer just before the half, cutting Coastal's halftime lead to 26-25.
For the game, Coastal Carolina shot 34.5 percent (20-of-58) and totaled 11 steals that led to 19 points.
Coastal closes its 2012-13 regular season home slate in the first game of a doubleheader with the men's team on Saturday. The Chanticleer women tip off against Gardner-Webb at 4 p.m. with the men following with a 7 p.m. tip against the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Presbyterian College stays in the Palmetto state for its next game, traveling to Charleston Southern on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tilt.
Coastal Carolina (11-13, 6-8 Big South)
Gardner-Webb (11-13, 4-9 Big South)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 | 4 p.m.
Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Online Audio Broadcast: The Coastal Carolina - Gardner-Webb game will be broadcast live online at GoCCUSports.com with Ryan Borawski describing all the action.
Online Audio Link: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/coastal.portal#
Live Stats: Available at GoCCUSports.com
Video Stream: Big South Network
Series: Coastal Carolina trails 4-6
Streak: Won 2
Last 10: 4-6
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina withstood a late rally by Gardner-Webb to claim a 65-62 victory at the Runnin' Bulldogs' Paul Porter Arena in the Big South opener for both teams on Dec. 1.