Coastal Edged by UNCG, 60-54, at HTC Center
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team continually tried to fight back from a single-digit deficit throughout the fourth quarter, but could not overcome UNC Greensboro as the Spartans handed the Chants their first loss of the season, 60-54, Tuesday night at the HTC Center.
Coastal evens its record at 1-1 early in the season, while UNCG remains unbeaten with a 3-0 record.
Jas Adams led all players with 19 points, her second straight game scoring in double figures. The senior guard went 7-of-20 from the field with four three-pointers, and added a point from the line. She also hauled in eight rebounds and recorded an assist and takeaway.
DJ Williams likewise notched double-digit points for the second straight game, scoring 14 on 4-of-9 from the field with five free throws.
Alise Davis was one of two players in the game with double-digit rebounds, leading Coastal with 10. The other was UNCG's Ije Ajemba, who led the game with 11 rebounds while scoring 11 points for the night's only double-double.
Leading the Spartans scoring efforts was Brandi Fier with 18 points, followed by the 14 of Alexus willey. Te'ja Twitty rounded out UNCG's four double-digit scorers.
Both sides played tight defense in the opening quarter as Coastal was forced into nine turnovers and UNCG seven. That resulted in the Spartans holding a slim 12-10 advantage after the game's first 10 minutes. Williams and Adams each had four points for the Chants in the first frame, and Davis paced Coastal on the boards with four rebounds.
The Spartans began pulling away quickly as the second quarter got underway, outscoring the Chants 12-2 over the frame's first three and a half minutes. Alexus Willey powered the Spartans' run, hitting two three-pointers and a short jumper for eight points. UNCG then went cold from the floor, hitting just one its nine attempts for the remainder of the half, allowing Coastal to climb back from a 12-point deficit. The Chants finished the final 2:38 of the half on an 8-1 run, resulting in a 27-23 UNCG lead at the break.
Coastal continued to chip away at UNCG's lead throughout the third quarter while shooting over 50 percent from the field. Adams' hand stayed hot early in the quarter, adding to her 10 points from the first half with a three-pointer and layup. A streak of six straight points by the Chants evened the game at 38-38 with 3:07 remaining in the quarter, and the score remained knotted going into the fourth. Williams had the first four points in the streak, and Janae Camp knocked down a pair of free throws to close it out.
Coastal overtook the lead briefly in the first minute of the final quarter, but it was lost shortly after as UNCG's Brandi Fier hit a short jumper. The Spartans held on to that lead for the remainder of the game as Coastal was unable to close the gap. UNCG made six of 12 attempts from the field over the final 10 minutes, and hit six of 10 attempts from the line down the stretch to close out the contest.
The Chants return to the HTC Center on Saturday to host UNC Wilmington for a 2 p.m. game.