Dec. 4, 2010
EVANSVILLE, Ind.- The Chanticleer women’s basketball suffered a heart breaking 59-52 overtime loss to Valparaiso in the second and final day of the Heritage Credit Union Aces Winter Classic presented by Dunn Hospitality on Saturday, Dec. 4.
The loss drops the Chants to 4-4 on the season while Valpo improves to 2-5.
Coastal Carolina and Valparaiso battled back and forth in the first half with neither team able to pull ahead by more than eight points. The half featured four lead changes and four ties as Valpo entered the locker room with a slight 30-27 lead.
Coastal came out with an impressive defensive intensity after the half as the Chants held Valpo scoreless for the first 9:56 seconds, 0-12 from the field, of the half while on a 12-0 run of their own to take over and build a nine point advantage at a 39-30 score. During the Chanticleers run Sydnei Moss contributed six of her team-high 11 points while Olivia Irick, Kira Carter, and Taylor Epley each knocked down a shot.
Valpo’s Tabisha Gerardot broke the scoreless drought as she sank a three with just over 10 minutes remaining to bring the Crusaders back within six points. Gerardot then scored eight of Valpo’s first 10 points of the second half to pull Valpo close. An Ashley Timmerman three at the 6:36 mark capped an 8-0 Crusader run, and gave Valpo the lead back 43-42.
The Chants would hold the Crusaders scoreless for the three-and-a-half minutes before a pair of Betsy Adams free throws with 2:57 to play gave Valpo a 45-44 lead. Katie White sank the game tying free throw with 2:42 remaining, to end all scoring in regulation and send Coastal into its first overtime game of the season.
Moss scored first for Coastal in the extra session, before Valpo answered with back-to-back baskets, giving the Crusaders a 49-47 advantage which they would not relinquish. Timmerman followed with a three-pointer, pushing the Valpo lead to five. White then added the Chants second field goal with 1:41 remaining in the overtime to cut the Valpo lead to three. The Crusaders then made five of six free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Three Chants finished in double figures as Moss had 11 while Irick and Kayla Cook each contributed 10 points. Moss also recorded her third double-double of the season as she pulled down 10 boards. White set a new career with 11 rebounds on the season and added seven blocked shots on the day.
For the sixth time this season, the Big South’s top rebounding team pulled down 40 plus rebounds as the team finished with 48 total boards (14 offensive and 34 defensive).
Cook was named to the All-Aces Classic Tournament team as she scored 21 points in the two contests and ripped down five rebounds in 39 minutes of play.
Coastal Carolina will return home to Kimbel Arena on Sunday, Dec. 12 to take on Converse at 2 p.m. to open a three game non-conference home stand.