Nov. 19, 2011
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season following a strong defensive showing against St. Andrew's that helped them earn a 90-42 win on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Kimbel Arena.
Irick gave the Chants their first lead of the game at 6-4 by converting on two additional free throw attempts. The Chanticleers held onto the lead from that point on and used a 9-0 run to build a 10-point lead. Sophomore Angelica Henry started the run with a layup and scored the final two points on a layup at the 14:11 mark. Coastal used another 9-2 run to go ahead 29-13 with 10:11 remaining in the first half. The largest lead of the first 20 minutes of play came following a layup by sophomore Katelyn Connor who put the score at 43-15 with five minutes remaining before the break. Coastal headed into the locker room for halftime ahead 45-31.
Coastal finished the first half shooting 38.8 percent from the floor and 57.1 percent from the free throw line. Irick connected on all four of her free throw attempts. The Chanticleers also recorded six steals and five blocked shots in the first 20 minutes of action.
St. Andrews hit 30.0 percent of their shots from the floor during the opening 20 minutes of play, while knocking down 11-14 free throw attempts. Tyler Knight led the Knights during the first half, as she recorded seven points on 2-2 shooting from the foul line, while converting on her only three-point attempt and connecting on another shot attempt from inside the arch.
Brittany Roberts ended the Chanticleers' 10-0 run to start the second half with a layup at the 16:17 mark to make it a 58-33 game. The Knights struggled to make runs of their own during the final 20 minutes of play to cut into the Chanticleers' lead.
Kira Carter led the way for Coastal offensively in the second half scoring nine points as she went 3-4 from behind the arc, while AJ Jordan grabbed six boards. Coastal ended the game with its largest lead winning by a score of 90-42.
Coastal finished the game shooting 38.7 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the free throw line, while grabbing 62 rebounds, 12 steals and seven blocked shots. The Knights converted on 25.5 percent of their shots from the floor and they went 50 percent from the foul line.
Freshman Shatia Cole earned her first double-double of her collegiate career, as she posted 10 rebounds and 14 points for Coastal. Her 10 rebounds was also a career high. Irick led the team in scoring with a season high 17 points and senior Courtney Grambley tied her career high in steals with three. Sophomore Angelica Henry recorded a career high eight assists and senior Taylor Epley finished the game with four blocks.
Leading the way for the Knights was Benee Norton who earned 10 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes of play. Knight and Rachel Hewitt each finished with two assists. Four different Knights each had a steal.
The Chanticleers will play their first road game of the season when they play Western Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in Cullowhee, N.C. at 7 p.m.