Nov. 12, 2010
CONWAY- The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team opened the 2010-11 basketball season in impressive fashion as the Chants defeated Southern Virginia 66-27 behind double digit scoring efforts from Olivia Irick and Kayla Cook.
Irick came out of the gates on fire as she scored Coastal's first 11 points on 4-10 shooting from the floor to keep the Chants ahead of the scrappy Southern Virginia Knights. Southern Virginia kept the game close through the first 13 minutes of the contest before Coastal was able to open a six point lead. During that stretch Southern Virginia took the lead once and cut Costal lead to one three times with the help of three pointers by Carley Skinner, Ajalynn Domingo, and Jasmin Johnson.
Once Coastal had the six point lead, there was no looking back as the Chants used a 13-6 run to close out the first half to take an 11 point edge into the locker rooms.
Coastal came out in the second half with a 10-0 run, that saw senior Katie White score all six of her points on the night, in the first 3:03 to take a 21 point lead that salted away the game.
Southern Virginia's Abi Logan slowed the Chanticleer barrage with a layup to bring the score to 36-17. The Knights would only muster 10 more points in the half to finish the game shooting 20 percent from the floor.
Cook made the most of her freshman debut as she scored all 11 of her points in the second half as the Chants were having their way with Southern Virginia en route to out scoring the Knights by 28 in the stanza. The last six minutes of the contest belonged to the superior home team as the Chants went on a third and final scoring run of 18-4 to close the game.
Senior Sydnei Moss finished with eight points on the night, but it was her third and fourth point that pushed over a career milestone and into the Coastal Carolina history books. Moss' fast-break layup with 1:09 remaining in the first half accounted for her 1,000 and 1,001 point in her collegiate career. Moss is now the 11th member of the 1,000 point club in Coastal Carolina history.
Senior Jessica Noll accounted for all of Coastal's points from behind the arc as she drilled three triples in a 1:38 span in the second half.
The Chants finished the night shooting 33.3 percent from the floor and 70.4 percent from the charity stripe. Coastal ripped down 53 rebounds and had four blocks on the night while dishing out 12 assists.
The Chanticleer bench had a strong showing, scoring 40 points. Cook and Noll led the way with a combined 20 points while freshman Alexx Puckett dropped in nine of her own.
The Chanticleers will return to the hardwood on Tuesday, Nov. 16 as the team kicks off a three game road trip at the College of Charleston. Tip-off for the contest is scheduled for 5 pm.