Gibson, Clasen Lead Coastal Past USA
MOBILE, Ala. - The 3-point shooting of Ced Gibson and Courtney Clasen led the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team as the Chanticleers (10-14, 5-9) took a 61-45 road victory at South Alabama (8-16, 3-10) Thursday night at the Jaguars' Mitchell Center.
The senior, freshman combo combined to score all but 20 of Coastal's 61 points, and hit nine of the team's 10 3-pointers.
Gibson led the way with 23 points, her second straight game surpassing the 20-point plateau after scoring 22 points in her last outing versus Georgia Southern. The senior finished 9-of-13 from the field and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Gibson also led all players with seven assists, moving her into a tie for ninth place among Coastal's all-time leaders in career helpers with 276.
Clasen's career-high 18 points came on 7-of-10 from the field, and the redshirt freshman sank all but one of her five attempts from 3-point range.
Kennedy Archer added the final 3-pointer, and Coastal closed the game shooting a season-high 71.4 percent (10-14) from distance.
Defensively, Coastal limited USA to shooting 28.1 percent from the field, and held all but Genesis Perrymond (10 points) out of double figures. The Chants forced 16 USA turnovers, including eight steals, and notched 24 points off those giveaways.
Coastal was in full control of the game early, taking a 12-5 lead over USA in the first seven minutes of the opening quarter. Clasen and Archer led the Chants with four points each during that span, and the Chanticleer defense held USA off the board for four straight minutes. The Jags rallied towards the end of the quarter, however, scoring five straight points over the final two minutes to cut Coastal's advantage to two points, 12-10.
Gibson sparked Coastal's offense early in the second quarter with a pair of 3-pointers, and, shortly after, the Chants used an 8-0 run to push their lead into double figures, 26-16. Clasen capped the CCU run with her second steal-and-score sequence of the half, but it was Coastal's last basket for a significant amount of time as the Chants suffered a four-minute scoreless drought of their own. USA then nullified Coastal's previous run as the Jags tacked on eight straight points, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Colby Davis. Naheria Hamilton snapped Coastal's scoreless streak with the final basket of the first half, giving Coastal a 28-24 lead at the break.
USA opened the third quarter with five straight points, but managed just one field goal and a free throw for the remainder of the frame as Coastal outscored the Jags 18-3 over the final eight minutes. Coastal went 7-of-16 from the floor during the quarter, including a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range as both Gibson and Clasen hit a pair of triples. Gibson also added a pair of jumpers to bring her scoring total for the quarter to 10 points.
Gibson and Clasen continued to lead the Chants through the fourth quarter, as the former scored seven points and the latter six, all from 3-point range. Coastal opened and closed the quarter with a 16-point advantage, the largest leads of the game.
Up next, Coastal heads to Troy for a 2 p.m. (CT) tip Saturday. The Trojans defeated Appalachian State in their Thursday night contest.