Nov. 30, 2013
SEATTLE, WASH. - Drake University shot 50.7 percent from the floor and connected on 14 3-pointers to deal Coastal Carolina a 90-74 loss in the consolation game of the Delta Dental Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Seattle, Wash.
The loss drops Coastal's record to 4-3 on the season, while the Bulldogs improve to 3-4.
Coastal was paced on the afternoon by junior AJ Jordan's 19 points, while senior Angelica Henry chipped in 15 and fellow senior Alexx Puckett added 14. Henry and Katelyn Connor co-led the Chants with seven rebounds each.
Drake was paced by Kyndal Clark's 19 points on 6-of-11 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Joining Clark in double-figures were Liza Heap (14 points), Caitlin Ingle (14 points), Lizzy Wendell (13 points), Ashley Bartow (11 points) and Emma Donahue (10 points). Bartow also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to finish with the contest's lone double-double.
Coastal and Drake exchanged layups for the opening points of the game before the Bulldogs used an 11-2 run over the next three-plus minutes to take a 13-4 lead with 14:13 to play in the first half. Four straight points by Connor pulled the Chants back within five at 13-8, but Drake took advantage of Coastal's cold shooting in upping its lead to 25-13 at the under 12 media timeout.
Jordan capped a 9-2 Coastal run with a pair at the charity stripe, bringing the Chants to with seven at 29-22 with 6:06 showing on the scoreboard. The sides exchanged layups over the following three minutes before Drake pieced together a 9-6 run, capped by Liza Heap's jumper at the buzzer, to take a 42-32 lead into the intermission.
Drake scored on each of its first three possessions after the half to extend its lead to 49-34. Coastal countered with a quick 6-2 stretch, including four points by Puckett, to close the gap to 12 points at 52-40. However the Bulldogs continued their hot shooting and pulled ahead by a 68-46 advantage as Heap capped the Drake run with a 3-pointer from the wing.
Freshman Karsen Sims momentarily halted the Drake momentum as she connected on a triple and converted a layup in the paint, giving life to a Coastal comeback. But, the Bulldogs regained their momentum and outscored Coastal 14-7, with each of Coastal's point coming from Henry, to lead 82-58 with 6:08 remaining in regulation.
The Chanticleers outscored Drake 16-8 over the final minutes of play, but it was not enough to overcome the Bulldog's commanding lead.
For the game, Coastal Carolina shot 42.5 percent (31-73) and totaled 45 rebounds and seven steals, while committing just 12 turnovers. The Bulldogs shot 46.7 percent from three and outscored Coastal 30-22 in bench points.
Coastal Carolina returns to the friendly confines of The HTC Center on Thursday, Dec. 5 to open Big South Conference play against Gardner-Webb at 5 p.m. The Chanticleers defeated the Runnin' Bulldogs in both regular season meeting a year ago. However, Gardner-Webb ended Coastal's season in the opening round of the 2013 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championship.