Coastal Wins 73-65 at Arkansas State
JONESBORO, Ark. - With the regular season winding down and several spots in the Sun Belt Conference standings still up for grabs, the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team won an important game at Arkansas State on Saturday, defeating the Red Wolves 73-65 in First National Bank Arena.
Coastal's second road win of the season improves the Chants to 15-13 overall, and 9-8 in the Sun Belt. Arkansas State, which entered the game in sixth place, falls to 14-13, 9-7.
For the fifth time in her last seven games Jas Adams surpassed 20 points, leading all players with 21 on 8-20 with three triples. Naheria Hamilton recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and DJ Williams added 12 points and four assists.
Coastal shot 42 percent from the field for the game, helping to offset its 20 turnovers. The Chants also held a 47-31 advantage in rebounds.
Arkansas State was led by the 12 points of Jada Ford, and 10 points of Akasha Westbrook.
The lead changed sides five times throughout the first quarter, but the game remained even after 10 minutes of play as the teams each scored 17 points to open the game.
The game remained close early in the second quarter, but the Chants began pulling away thanks to a 9-2 run that surrounded the period's media timeout. The run led to a nine point lead for the Chants, the largest of the half. With momentum on its side Coastal appeared ready to carry a double-digit lead into halftime, but Arkansas State closed the final two minutes of the half with six straight points to trim the Chants' lead to just three points, 37-34, at the break.
Adams led all players at the break with 19 points, hitting seven of her 12 first-half attempts from the field, including a trio of 3-pointers. The senior also made both of her free throw attempts.
Coastal retained its lead throughout the entirety of the third quarter, though nine points continued to be the largest lead of the game. The Chants held that advantage on three different occasions, the final time coming with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter. Once again however, A-State strung together a run late in the quarter, outscoring the Chants 7-2 over the final two minutes to make it a four-point game heading into the final frame.
Coastal scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to take its first double-digit advantage of the day. The Chants never relinquished their lead, and led by at least six points for the remainder of the game. Adams was held off the board for the entirety of fourth quarter, but Williams and Hamilton combined to score 10 of the Chants' 20 points over the final 10 minutes of play.
Coastal closes out the regular season next Saturday at Appalachian State. Tip off from Boone, N.C., is slated for 1 p.m. The Chants defeated the Mountaineers at the HTC Center on Feb. 10, and have yet to lose to App in the regular season since joining the Sun Belt.