Women's Basketball Falls at Troy, 78-66
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team suffered a 78-66 loss Saturday, a game in which the Chanticleers matched or bettered Troy in nearly every statistical category but were outscored 21-9 by the Trojans at the free throw line.
Coastal (10-15, 5-10) shot 40 percent from the floor to Troy's (18-7, 11-3) 38 percent, each side hit five of 21 attempts from beyond the arc and the Trojans held just a six-rebound advantage (46-40) over the Chants. Troy's 21 points at the line came on 26 attempts, while Coastal finished 9-of-18 from the stripe.
Gregory's 15 points and 13 rebounds were both team highs, with Robinson close behind with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Naheria Hamilton added 12 points, and Ced Gibson took another step toward reaching 1,000 career points, notching 10 against the Trojans to bring her career total to 986.
Troy likewise had four players score in double digits. Caitlyn Ramirez led all players with 19 points, including five baskets from the floor and nine at the line. Jayla Chills added 11 points, while Dajia Williams and Ta'Kierra Gibbs each recorded 10.
Troy jumped out to a quick double-digit lead in the opening quarter thanks to a 13-2 run that occupied slightly more than four minutes of the period. Trailing 19-9, Coastal responded by scoring seven straight points, including a 3-pointer by Gibson to finish the sequence. Amanda Mendoza answered with a Trojan 3-pointer in the closing seconds, giving Troy a 22-16 lead at the end of the first.
Just three minutes into the second quarter, Coastal had overtaken the lead by scoring eight straight points. Rachael Gregory accounted for six of the eight points, and Naheria Hamilton added a layup in the middle of the stretch. The Chanticleer lead did not last long, however, as Troy outscored Coastal 13-6 over the remainder of the quarter to carry a five-point advantage, 35-30, into halftime.
Each side shot 50 percent from the field with seven baskets during the third quarter, but the Trojans' trio of 3-pointers and 5-of-6 shooting from the line allowed Troy a 22-15 scoring advantage in the frame. The Chants and Trojans matched each other point-for-point early in the quarter before a 9-2 Trojan run midway through pushed the home side's advantage back into double figures. Troy remained ahead by at least 11 points for the remainder of the third, and entered the fourth leading 57-45.
The Trojans began the fourth quarter with a 12-point margin, and would finish regulation with the same cushion as both sides put up 21 points over the final 10 minutes. Coastal managed to trim the margin to as close as five points, but no further as Troy made nine shots from the line down the stretch.
Coastal returns to the HTC Center later this week to begin its final home series of the season. The Chants begin with a Thursday night game versus ULM at 7 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. tip on Saturday against Louisiana. Directly following Saturday's action against the Ragin' Cajun, Coastal Carolina will honor the six members of its senior class.