March 1, 2014
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Fueled by career-high from guards Karsen Sims and Jena Hamrick, the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team wrapped up its regular season campaign with an 83-71 win at UNC Ashville on Saturday afternoon.
Sims, a freshman, scored 20 points on six shots, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Chanticleers. Senior Angelica Henry tallied 17 points on five made shots and seven free throws, she also added 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. AJ Jordan scored 14 points, while Hamrick went 5-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three en route to her 12 points.
Asheville was led by Tianna Knuckles 18 points, which included a trio of 3-pointers. Shonese Jones added 14 for the Bulldogs, while Brittany Gwyn chipped in 14.
Coastal ends the regular season 14-15 overall and 10-10 against Big South Conference competition. The Chants' 10 conference wins tie the 1993-94 team for the most in program history. Asheville falls to 10-19 overall and 7-13 in league play.
Balanced scoring throughout the first half sent the Chanticleers into the half with a 36-28 lead. Sims' eight points, including a pair of treys, led seven Chants with at least four points.
Trailing 11-6 after four minutes of play, Coastal put together a 13-1 run over the ensuing four minutes to take a 19-12 lead. The Chants refused to yield the lead for the remainder of the half, weathering a pair of 5-0 Bulldog runs. Katelyn Connor scored four points in the final minute of the half, sending the teal-clad Chanticleers into the locker room with the 36-28 advantage.
Asheville opened the second half on a 10-5 run, cutting Coastal's lead to 41-38. Coastal responded with a 13-7 run of its own, fueled by eight points from Sims, to reestablish a nine-point lead at 54-45 with 12:34 to play. With the Chants leading 64-58, Asheville's Jones scored a pair at the line and following a CCU turnover, Gwyn made it a two-point game with her second 3-pointer of the afternoon.
Two Coastal free throws by Jordan and a three by Hamrick were countered by buckets from Asheville's Gwyn, Ja'Da Brayboy and KJ Weaver; pulling the Bulldogs to within a single point at 69-68 with 3:39 showing on the clock. Henry then took the game in her hands, scoring the next four points and Sims followed with a layup to push the Chanticleers ahead by 75-68.
A 3-pointer by Gwyn would be Asheville's final points of the game as Coastal ended the contest with eight free throws, producing the 83-71 final.
Coastal ended the game shooting 41.0% (25-of-61) from the floor and held a 45-35 edge in rebounds. Asheville shot 41.8% (28-of-67) and outscored the Chants 19-15 in fastbreak points.
The Chanticleers open postseason play at the 2014 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships next week. Coastal's seed and game day/time will be finalized at the conclusion of today's conference games.