Coastal Downs App State in Regular Season Finale
BOONE, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team closed the 2017-18 regular season with a 66-51 victory at Appalachian State on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Coastal (16-13, 10-8) locks up the seventh seed in the upcoming Sun Belt Championship, and will face 10th-seeded Georgia State (8-21, 4-14) in the 5 p.m. (CT) first round match on Tuesday.
Appalachian State (7-22, 5-13) will be the ninth seed for the second straight season, and take on eighth-seeded Arkansas State (15-14, 10-8) at 11 a.m. (CT) on Tuesday.
Adams led the way with 20 points, her 12th 20-plus point performance of the season. Hamilton finished with 17 points, tying her career high, and Williams followed on her heels with 16 points.
Coastal had a great day shooting, finishing 51 percent from the field overall. It was the Chants' fourth time this season shooting above 50 percent. However, the Chants had their eight game streak of out-rebounding opponents come to an end as the Mountaineers held a 40-31 advantage in the category.
App State was led by the 24 points of LaPresha Stanley, but had no other players score in double figures. App closed the game at 31 percent from the field, including a 4-20 mark from 3-point range.
Appalachian State claimed the first lead of the day as it scored eight of the game's first 10 points. Coastal responded with seven straight points to briefly go in front before the Mountaineers ended the opening quarter on a 5-2 run. Adams kept the Chants in the game in the first quarter, scoring nine of Coastal's 11 points.
Adams was held scoreless in the second quarter, but it did not matter as the Chanticleer defense held strong and kept the Mountaineers off the board for the first nine minutes. The Chants scored 12 unanswered points during that time, including five points from Hamilton. Stanley scored App's only four points of the quarter in the final minute, cutting what had been a double-digit deficit to only six points as Coastal led 23-17 at halftime.
Coastal's offense exploded for 27 points in the third quarter as the Chants shot 72 percent overall from the field while making three of their four 3-point attempts. Coastal was also nearly perfect from the free-throw line, knocking down eight of nine shots. The Chants quickly went in front by double figures as they opened the quarter on a 16-3 run. Hamilton led the scoring charge with 10 points, followed by Williams with nine. Coastal led by 19 points on four occasions, including a 50-31 lead following a pair of Adams' free throws to close out the quarter.
Coastal took its largest lead of 21 points early in the fourth quarter and remained ahead by double digits for the remainder of the game. App made a late push, narrowing the margin to as little as 11 points, but its attempt came with too little time remaining.
Entering the day, Coastal could have had an opportunity to move as high as sixth in the standings, but needed a loss by South Alabama at Georgia State. However, the Jags pulled out a one-point victory, 70-69, in the closing seconds. Georgia State, Coastal's upcoming first-round opponent, is 3-2 in its last five games with an upset of fourth-seeded Troy and close loss against fifth-seeded USA.