Nov. 17, 2012
The win moves the Chanticleers to 2-1 on the season and a perfect 2-0 on their new home floor. Western Carolina, who played its third consecutive Big South opponent to open the season, fell to 1-2 with the loss.
Jordan led the Chants in the scoring column for the second straight game as she poured in a season-high 16 points on 7-of-15 from the floor. Connor chipped in a career-high 10 points, while Cole also contributed 10 counters. Angelica Henry nearly recorded Coastal's first double-double of the season, finishing the game with eight points and nine boards.
Coastal fell behind Western early but the Catamounts' lead didn't last long as the Chanticleers quickly tied the score. Western pulled out to a two-point lead twice more before Coastal was able to take the lead for good. Trailing by a point, Henry grabbed a long rebound off a missed Western shot and raced down the court to convert an easy layup to give the home standing Chants an 8-7 lead with 14:24 to play in the first half.
The Chants extended its lead out to as many as five points at 14-9 before the Catamounts connected on a trio of free throws to close the score to one possession. Jordan responded with a pair of baskets and Savanah Pippin added one of her own to give Coastal a 20-14 lead at the under-4 media timeout.
Henry and Jordan bookended a 4-0 Western run with a pair of freebies at the line. Jordan then converted a fast-break layup after receiving an assist from Henry. Western Carolina's Kristen Lyon capped the half's scoring as she made two from the line, cutting Coastal's halftime lead to 26-20.
Baskets were hard to come by for the first three-plus minutes of the second half as both defenses clamped down, forcing numerous rushed shots. Western Carolina put together a 6-1 run, cutting the Chants' lead to 30-28 with 15:22 to play. Pippin then assisted Jordan's fifth make of the night, pushing Coastal back out to a four point lead.
Cole accounted for Coastal's next five points as she made two from the floor, including a runner in the lane and a free throw. Henry and Jordan each added a basket to extend Coastal's lead to 41-30 with 8:28 to play. Two free-throws by the Catamount's Lyon broke the Chants' scoring streak; however, Coastal responded with a 9-1 run highlighted by a Cole triple. The 52-36 lead marked Coastal's largest advantage of the contest.
Western Carolina outscored Coastal 6-4 over the final minutes of the game, but it would not be enough to keep the Chants from staying perfect at home this season.
Coastal won the battle on the glass, pulling down 48 rebounds compared to Western Carolina's 42. The Chants dished out 12 assist while only committing 10 turnovers.
Coastal Carolina returns to action on Monday, Nov. 19 as hosts to Columbia (S.C.) College. Tipoff inside The HTC Center is slated for 7 p.m.