Nov. 17, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - Led by AJ Jordan's 23 points, the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team improved to 3-0 with its first road win of the season by a 66-55 final at North Carolina Central on Sunday.
Jordan's 23 points, on 10-of-20 from the field, led all scorers. Angelica Henry poured in 15 points for the Chants, while Alexx Puckett added 10. Puckett also paced the Chants on the boards with a season-high nine. Jordan and Megan Pittman each finished with eight rebounds.
NC Central was led by Jessica Freeman's and Tiffany Gary's 18 and 10 points, respectively. Gary also had game-high 12 rebounds to produce the game's only double-double.
Coastal trailed 29-25 at the half and fell behind as many as 11 with 16:08 remaining before mounting its comeback. The Chants used a 15-1 run over the ensuing 6:49 capped by a Jordan layup take a three-point lead at 45-42 with 9:12 to play. The Eagles tied the game for a final time two minutes later; however, the Chants put together a 17-6 run over the remainder of the game to secure the first road victory of the season.
For the game, Coastal Carolina shot 38.9 percent (21-of-54) and totaled 10 steals that led to 19 points. The Eagles finished shooting 30.2 percent (19-of-63) from the floor. The Chants also controlled the boards with a 48-40 advantage. CCU outscored NC Central 22-16 in the paint and 11-9 in second chance opportunities.
After playing even for the opening five minutes of the contest, the Chanticleers put together a 14-5 run, spurred by three Puckett layups, to take a nine point lead with 10:56 to play before the half. However, starting guards Jordan and Henry were forced to the bench with foul trouble and the Eagles responded with 19-6 run over the rest of the half to take a 29-25 edge into halftime.
After the intermission NC Central used a 12-5 scoring streak over the first 2:35 to take their largest lead of the game at 41-30 with 16:08 showing on the clock at McDouglan-McLendon Gymnasium.
Head coach Jaida Williams then reinserted her top guards and Coastal started its comeback. Jordan scored hit two quick jumpers followed by a free throw and layup by Henry. Puckett then scored in the lane before Jordan capped CCU's 13-1 run with a fastbreak layup, giving the teal and black clad visitors a 42-41 lead.
NC Central then fought back to tie the game for a final time with 5:31 to play. However, the Chants used 11 free throws along with three buckets by Jordan and a layup from Kayla Cook to salt the game away with 17-6 run.
Coastal Carolina returns to the road on Thursday, Nov. 21 when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on the 12th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. Tipoff inside the famed Carmichael Arena is set for 6 p.m.