Coastal Falls to No. 23 Syracuse in Carolinas Challenge
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team fell 69-57 to 23rd-ranked Syracuse on Sunday evening at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The Orange were aided by the individual effort of Gabrielle Cooper, who finished with a game-high 24 points.
The loss evens Coastal's record to 5-5, while Syracuse remains undefeated and improves to 11-0.
Coastal trailed Syracuse since late in the opening quarter but threatened to overtake the lead several times in the second half, including cutting the deficit to as little as three points at the beginning of the fourth. Syracuse pulled away from the Chants as the quarter wound down, scoring seven unanswered points to regain its double-digit advantage.
Cooper's 24 points came on 9-of-19 shooting with four 3-pointers. Amay Finklea-Guity followed with 18 points, and Tiana Mangakahia -- the nation's leader in assists -- recorded a 12 point, 12 assist double-double.
Syracuse held advantages in shooting percentage (43.1 -- 35.1) and rebounds (40-38), and scored 42 of its points in the paint.
The Orange scored 11 unanswered points in the first quarter to take an early double-digit cushion and lead the game 22-13 after the game's first 10 minutes. Cooper accounted for six points during that span.
The two sides traded 3-pointers over the first five minutes of the second quarter, as the first six baskets made in the quarter came from beyond the arc. The Chants outscored the Orange 15-13 in the frame to cut Syracuse's lead to seven points at the end of the first half.
The third quarter also saw Coastal outscore Syracuse by two points, helped by a streak of seven straight points over the period's final 2:27. Adams had five points in that stretch, and Williams and Janae Camp added points from the line.
Williams then made a layup to open the fourth quarter to bring the margin to three points, before Syracuse began pulling away. Mangakahia led Syracuse with nine points during down the stretch, including five points at the line.
Coastal returns to the HTC Center on Wednesday to host Wofford for its final nonconference game of the season. Tip-off between the Chants and Terriers is set for 6 p.m.