Chants' Season Ends With First Round Loss to Asheville
CONWAY - Anna Vogt's career-best scoring effort of 25 points was not enough to propel the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team to victory Tuesday night at The HTC Center as the No. 9 Chanticleers fell 68-54 to the eighth-seeded UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the first round of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women's Basketball Championship.
Vogt's point total was the fourth-highest in a first round tournament game, and the junior forward set a first round record shooting 76.9 percent (10-13) from the field. She was also a perfect 5-5 from the line, pulled in three rebounds, dished out two assists and tallied one steal.
Coastal closes its second season under head coach Jaida Williams with a 12-18 overall record, including a 6-14 mark against Big South opponents.
With the win, UNC Asheville (9-21, 8-13) advances to Thursday's quarterfinal round where the Bulldogs will meet the top-seeded Liberty Flames.
First team All-Big South performer AJ Jordan added 14 points and a game-high nine boards in the final contest of her brilliant career that saw her become Coastal's all-time record holder for most games played (118) in a Chanticleer uniform.
The Chanticleers hit 44.7 percent (21-of-47) of their field goal attempts and 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the charity stripe. However, Coastal Carolina was undone by 21 turnovers and 14 Asheville offensive boards which led to 17 second-chance points.
Asheville shot 51.8 percent (29-of-56) from the floor for the game, aided by 38 points in the paint. That helped the Bulldogs survive a 38.9 percent (7-of-18) evening at the foul line.
Asheville freshman guard Khaila Webb set a career high for the second straight game with her team-high 16 points on 7-of-8 from the field. Teammate Tianna Knuckles scored 10 of her 14 points after halftime for the Bulldogs, who improve to 3-0 versus Coastal Carolina this season.
Vogt scored eight points within the first 4:41, helping her team take an early lead.
The first half featured six ties and six lead changes before Asheville closed out the period with a 12-0 run to take a 36-27 halftime advantage. Webb scored the final four points of the surge, wrapping up a 10-point first half.
Webb made all five of her field goal attempts during the first 20 minutes, helping the Bulldogs hit 57.1 percent (16-of-28) from the field. That marked Asheville's highest field goal percentage for a half this season.
Led by Vogt (10 points on 5-of-5 FG), Coastal Carolina shot well before halftime too, connecting at a 50 percent (12-of-24) clip. However, the Chanticleers were hindered by nine first-half turnovers.
A layup by Knuckles on Asheville's first possession of the second half closed out the overall run at 14-0, giving the Bulldogs their first double-digit lead (38-27) with 19:25 left to play.
Jordan responded with six consecutive points for the Chanticleers, making it a 38-33 game at 17:44.
Coastal Carolina eventually trimmed its deficit to four (48-44) with 7:56 remaining, on Vogt's old-fashioned three-point play.
The outcome was still in doubt when Jordan's jumper cut Asheville's lead to 60-54 with 1:38 left.
Knuckles then hit her third triple of the evening on the Bulldogs' next trip to the offensive end, initiating a game-closing 8-0 surge for Asheville.
"UNC Asheville played a great game tonight," said Williams after the game. "We went over game situations before our practices, but we just allowed them to speed us up and we didn't do a great job of boxing out in the closing minutes."
"I also want to say congratulations and thank you to AJ Jordan for her contributions to the program and to Coastal Carolina University. She has represented the team and class well and I know she will go on to do great things as a coach and her career in her next chapter."
With her outstanding career at an end, here is where Jordan finishes among Coastal's all-time leaders:
- 1st in games played (118) - 2nd in minutes played (3,486) - 6th in scoring (1,441 points) - 8th in points per game (12.2) - 3rd in field goals made (591) - 3rd in field goals attempted (1,350) - 8th in free throws made (232) - 10th in free throws attempted (302) - 4th in free throw percentage (.768)