Strong Fourth Quarter Lifts Coastal Past USA on Senior Day
CONWAY - After trailing for the game's first three quarters, the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team scored 25 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to propel the Chants to a 71-56 victory over South Alabama at the HTC Center Saturday afternoon.
Coastal improves to 14-12, 8-7 with its third straight win, while South Alabama falls to 15-10, 8-6 as its losing streak is extended to five games.
The Chants trailed by nine going into the fourth quarter, but began the final frame with 25 straight points over the first eight minutes. South Alabama did not score until there was only one minute left. The quarter ended with Coastal outscoring USA 28-4.
DJ Williams led all players scoring 27 points, shooting 9-of-20 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line. Jas Adams followed with 19 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter alone. Naheria Hamilton added 12 points. All three players pulled in eight rebounds as the Chants held a 42-31 advantage on the boards.
Coastal shot 38 percent from the field for the game, but 76 percent in the fourth quarter as it made 10 of its 13 attempts. The Chanticleer defense held the Jags without a field goal in the final quarter, with USA getting all four of its points from the line.
South Alabama's 3-point shooting helped the Jags take an 18-12 lead over the Chants by the end of the first quarter. USA received all of its first-quarter points from beyond the arc as the Jags finished the frame 6-of-9 from long range. The Chants made just three field goals in the first 10 minutes but were perfect at the line, converting all six attempts.
USA maintained its lead for the entirety of the second quarter, though Coastal made it a one-possession game on six occasions. The last came with a just over a minute remaining in the half, following a 6-0 Coastal run to make it 31-29. USA countered with six straight points in the remaining time however, giving the Jags a 37-29 lead at the break. Coastal limited USA to only a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter, but the Jags shot 57 percent (8-14) from the field overall.
USA outscored Coastal 15-14 in the third quarter to carry a nine-point lead into the fourth. Williams and Adams combined to score all of Coastal's points in the frame.
Coastal's deficit was erased just two minutes into the fourth quarter. Williams and Hamilton combined to score the Chants' first seven points of the quarter before Adams' scored all 12 of her fourth-quarter points consecutively. Williams added four more points before the buzzer, and Mery Visone chipped in three points from the free-throw line.
In the final two home games of her CCU career, Adams averaged 29.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. She is now just 13 points shy of becoming the ninth Chanticleer in program history to score 500 points in a season, and needs 68 points to tie for 11th place among Coastal's all-time career scorers.
The Chants are back on the road this week, heading to Little Rock on Thursday and Arkansas State on Saturday.