Feb. 20, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina led by as many as 17 points late in the game and went on to claim an 85-70 victory over Charleston Southern in women's basketball action Thursday night inside The HTC Center.
AJ Jordan, the Big South's third-leading scorer, led a quartet of Chanticleers in double-figures with 17 points on an even 50 percent from the field. Angelica Henry scored 13 points and now has 938 markers for her career. Alexx Puckett added 12 as she shot 5-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line, while Karsen Sims chipped in 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
The Chanticleers improved to 12-14 overall and 8-9 in the conference, while the loss sent the Buccaneers back to Charleston with an 8-19 overall mark and 4-14 league record.
Charleston Southern was led offensively by Jarvis Tatum's and Anacia Dotson's 19 and 17 points, respectively. The duo each drained eight shots, including a 3-pointer apiece.
The Chanticleers led, 44-38 at the break. Charleston Southern opened a 22-12 lead through the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Chanticleers roared back with a 27- run over the next seven minutes to take a 39-27 lead and control of the game for good. Sims ignited the run with a pair of treys and Jordan scored seven points on a trio of field goals and a free throw. Henry, Kayla Cook, Megan Pittman and Olivia Carlton each chipped in points, allowing Coastal to separate itself from the visiting Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers tried to hang with Coastal in the first four minutes of the second half, cutting the Chants' lead to two possession three times. However, the Chanticleers took hold with a 10-4 run following the under-16 media timeout and expanded its lead to 61-49.
Leading 65-59 with nine minutes to play, Coastal put the game away for good with an 8-0 run. Jordan scored on a pair of jumpers that were followed by a 13-footer from Henry and Puckett closed the run with a basket at the 6:20 mark, pushing CCU ahead 71-56.
The white-clad Chanticleers led by no less than 11 the remainder of the game and even took a game-high 17-point lead with 35 second to play before CSU's Brianna Lakes scored a late layup to produce the 85-70 final.
Coastal finished the contest shooting 50 percent (33-of-66) from the floor, including a near season-high 60 percent (9-of-15) from 3-point range. Charleston Southern shot 43.8 percent (28-of-58) overall, including 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from three. The Chanticleers also won the rebounding battle by a 42-31 margin.
Coastal Carolina closes its regular season home slate Saturday against Presbyterian College at 2 p.m. The Chanticleers' senior class will be honored following the game. Charleston Southern next plays at Presbyterian College on Feb.27.