Women's Basketball Downs Lees-McRae in Season Opener
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basket team opened the 2017-18 season Friday night at the HTC Center with a 73-47 victory over Lees-McRae. The Chanticleers (1-0) have now won four of their five season openers under head coach Jaida Williams, and eight of their last 10 overall.
Williams led all players with 22 points and 15 rebounds, and also had a game high in assists with five.
Hamilton's double-double included 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the 6-4 center led all players with four blocks.
Jas Adams was the third Chanticleer that scored in double figures, notching 15 points on 5-12 from the field and 4-8 from the line.
All 12 Chanticleers saw action in the victory.
Williams put up nine points in the opening quarter, the majority of which came in a five-minute stretch that saw Coastal score 11 unanswered to take a 13-4 lead.
Coastal stretched its advantage into double figures less than a minute into the second quarter after Breelyn Blanding scored three quick points on a layup and free throw. The Chants' remained ahead by at least 11 points for the remainder of the quarter, and Williams added another eight points to bring her halftime total to 17.
Entering the second half leading 37-23, the Chants wasted no time in nearly doubling-up the Bobcats. Coastal crossed the 50-point threshold at the 4:18 mark of the third as it shot 58.3 percent (7-12) from the field in the frame, including making three of four shots from beyond the arc. Adams made one of the three-pointers, and led the Chants with eight points in the quarter. Williams completed her double-double as the quarter drew to a close, and Coastal led 58-33 as time expired.
Coastal continued to widen the margin throughout the fourth quarter, taking its largest lead of the game -- 32 points -- with just over two minutes remaining.
The Chants continue their four-game home stand on Tuesday when UNC Greensboro comes to the HTC Center for a 6 pm contest.