Nov. 25, 2013
CONWAY - Led by senior Kayla Cook's career-high 22 points the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team got back to its winning ways on Monday evening at The HTC Center with a 99-71 victory over Montreat College.
Cook, who led all scorers with her 22 points, also set a career-high with four made 3-pointers. She was joined in double-figures by Alexx Puckett with a career-high 20 points on 7-of-12 from the floor and a perfect 6-of-6 at the line. Also in double-figures for the Chants were Karsen Sims, Angelica Henry and AJ Jordan with 12, 11 and 11 points, respectively.
Coastal (4-1) finished the game shooting 51.4 percent from the field for its third 50-plus percent shooting performance of the season. The Chants also won the battle on the boards 50-33 and outscored their opponents 48-34 in the paint.
Four Cavaliers finished with double-digit efforts led by Jenae Strong's 16 points. Kaitlin Clontz had 12, while Xandi Gellman and Shannon Jackson scored 11 and 10 points each.
Back-to-back Olivia Carlton layups to open the game gave Coastal a cushion that it quickly turned into a 10-0 lead 2:09 into the contest. Montreat then used 3-pointers by Clontz and a layup by Laticia Singleton to cut Coastal's down to three at 11-8 shortly after the first media timeout. Coastal responded with a 15-7 run over the ensuing five minutes to pull ahead 26-15. The run was highlighted by a pair of Cook treys from the right wing.
Coastal used a 13-3 run, as five different Chants scored, to establish a 39-20 with 3:47 to play in the first half. Katelyn Connor and Savanah Pippin each scored over the next three minutes to push Coastal's lead to 43-22. Montreat countered with a 3-pointer and a free throw by Strong. However, Cook's buzzer beater from half court as time expired banked in, giving the white and teal clad Chanticleers a 46-28 lead heading into the intermission.
Coastal closed the first period shooting 54.3 percent (19-of-35) from the floor and 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from deep. The Chants also controlled the glass 24-14.
Puckett led the Chanticleers' second-half 53-point outburst with 16 points as Cook and Carlton each scored 10. The sides played evenly for much of the second half, but Coastal used the free-throw line to extend its lead by an additional 10 points over the final 20 minutes of play.
Up next for the Chanticleers is a trip out west for the Seattle University-hosted Washington Dental Service Thanksgiving Tournament. Coastal will play host Seattle at 7 p.m. (PT) on Friday then face either Cornell or Drake on Saturday.