Chants End Skid with 75-44 Victory Over Longwood
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team brought its recent losing streak to a screeching halt with a convincing 75-44 win over the visiting Longwood Lancers in the first half of Saturday's basketball doubleheader at The HTC Center.
With the win the Chanticleers improve their overall season record to 11-14, while jumping up to 5-11 in Big South play. The loss for Longwood, meanwhile, drops the Lancers to 3-23, 3-14.
The performance was an outstanding one for the Chants, who out-shot the Lancers from the field 46.0 percent to 26.2 percent, and won the battle on the boards 46-36. Coastal's defense also kept Longwood scoreless for an 11-minute stretch that included the final 9:25 of the first half and the first 1:48 of the second.
Leading the Chants offensively with 20 points on 8-10 from the field and 4-4 from the line was Anna Vogt, who finished one point shy of her career high. AJ Jordan was the game's second-leading scorer, and her 16 points moved her past Sydnei Moss and Alisha Dill to become Coastal's seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,343 points. Olivia Carlton, the third Chant to register double figures, dropped a career-high 12 points shooting 4-9 from beyond the arc. Alexis Robinson led all players with 13 rebounds.
Deborah Headen was the only Lancer to reach double digits, scoring 13 points on 5-12 from the floor and 2-2 from the line. Brenna Robbins finished as Longwood's leading rebounder with eight boards.
A fairly even start to the first half quickly turned into a rout of the Lancers as the Chants took control at both ends of the court. Coastal led by just three points at the 9:25 mark, but ended the period on a 22-0 run. Longwood went 0-13 from the field during that stretch, and ended the first shooting just 16.1 percent. Coastal, meanwhile, shot 48.4 percent from the field while going 4-4 from the line.
The Chants' momentum carried into the second half, where Coastal continued to build its lead thanks to the hot hands of Jordan, Carlton and Vogt. Jordan opened the scoring in the second, and tallied eight points in the first eight minutes. Carlton, meanwhile, hit her third and fourth 3-pointers of the day as the Chants worked toward a 31-point lead, their largest of the game, at the 12:14 mark.
Vogt complemented Jordan's 12 points in the second half with 10 of her own, shooting 4-5 from the field and 2-2 from the line, while grabbing three rebounds.
As a team Coastal went 8-8 from the line, marking the second straight game that the Chants have been perfect from the charity stripe. The team has now made all of its past 19 free throw attempts.
The Chants remain at home to host Charleston Southern (5-19, 1-14) for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday at The HTC Center.