Turnovers Doom Coastal in Loss at Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team suffered a 53-44 loss at league-leading Little Rock on Thursday. Both Jas Adams and DJ Williams had game-highs of 16 points, but it was not enough as the Chants were plagued by turnovers throughout the night.
Coastal falls to 14-13, 8-8 with the loss, while Little Rock improves to 17-9, 14-1 and clinches at least a share of the Sun Belt regular season title.
Coastal's 24 turnovers were its most in its last seven games, and led to 23 points for Little Rock. The Trojans were also buoyed by a solid shooting percentage as they finished the game at 44 percent, slightly above their season average.
With her 16 points, Adams became the ninth player in Coastal history to surpass 500 points in a season. With at least three games remaining for the Chants, Adams need 22 points to crack the top 10 among Coastal's single-season scoring leaders.
Outside of Adams and Williams, however, Coastal's scoring ran dry on Thursday night as no other Chanticleer scored more than four points.
Keanna Keys led Little Rock with 15 points, followed closely by Ronjanae DeGray and Monique Townson with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Coastal's defense did a good job of limiting Little Rock early in the game, as the home team was held to just a pair of field goals on 12 attempts in the opening quarter. The Trojans took the first lead of the game, but Coastal scored 10 unanswered points near the end of the quarter to carry a 12-10 advantage into the second.
The lead went back to Little Rock midway through the second quarter as the Trojans opened on a 9-3 run. The Chants evened the score about two minutes later, but Little Rock scored the final seven points of the half to take a 26-19 lead into halftime.
Little Rock shot 50 percent from the field in the third quarter as it worked towards its first double-digit lead of the night. A 14-2 run for the Trojans over the first seven minutes of the frame made it a 17-point game, and gave them their largest lead of the night. Little Rock remained ahead by double figures for the rest of the third quarter despite Coastal finishing off the final three minutes on an 8-1 run.
Adams drained a 3-pointer to begin the fourth quarter and cut the margin to seven, but the Chants would come no closer to catching up for the remainder of the game.
The Chants close out their road trip on Saturday when they take on Arkansas State at 4 p.m. (ET) on Saturday.