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Women's Basketball Rides Big First Half to 30-Point Win

Coastal 30-point Big South road win was the largest in program history.

       

Karsen Sims finished with a career-high 18 points.

Karsen Sims finished with a career-high 18 points.

Dec. 28, 2013

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FARMVILLE, VA. - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team used a 20-0 run through the midpoint of the first half and pulled ahead by as many as 32 en route to an 83-53 victory Saturday afternoon at Longwood.

The 30-point win, Coastal's largest road conference win since the formation of the Big South in 1986-87, moved the Chants to 2-0 in Big South play and 6-5 on the season. Both of Coastal's conference wins have been by at least 22 points as the Chants downed Gardner-Webb 85-63 back on Dec. 5. The loss dropped Longwood to 0-2 in league play and 3-8 on the season.

The Chanticleers were led on the scoreboard by freshman Karsen Sims' career-high 18 points. Sims finished 7-of-11 from the floor, including a game-high four 3-pointers. AJ Jordan, who also paced Coastal on the boards with six, kept her streak of scoring in double-digits intact, finishing with 13 despite playing just 21 minutes. Kayla Cook was the final Chant double-figures with 11 points.

Longwood was led by Deborah Headen's 16 points and Heather Tobeck's six rebounds.

Coastal finished the contest shooting 46.2 percent (30-of-65) from the floor -- its second-best percentage of the season. The Chants also knocked down 10 3-pointers, marking the second time this season the team connected on 10-plus treys. Coastal rounded out its stellar shooting performance with a perfect 13-of-13 effort from the free-throw line.

The Chants controlled the glass to the tune of a 41-36 advantage. Moreover, Coastal scored 30 points off 20 Lancer turnovers and owned a 27-16 edge in points in the paint.

Longwood opened the game with 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to take an early 6-2 lead. However, the Lancers' lead would not last long as Coastal used smothering defense and precision shooting to piece together a 20-0 run over the ensuing 7:12, taking a 22-6 lead. The run was highlighted by a trio of 3-pointers from freshman Olivia Carlton who entered the game off the bench. The nine points surpassed Carlton's previous career-high of seven, which she had equaled twice this season.

The Lancers' Khalilah Ali slowed Coastal's momentum with four points in 30 seconds around the 11-minute mark, but the black and teal clad Chants quick recovered and opened its lead to 32 points at 43-11 as Sims capped an 8-0 run of her own with 3:17 to play before the half. Cook provided the Chants last basket of the period on a mid-range jumper to give Coastal a 45-18 edge at the intermission.

Coastal opened the second stanza with a 13-6 run to reestablish its 32-point lead with 14:45 to play in regulation. The run was dominated by CCU's guard tandem of Jordan and Angelica Henry with the pair scoring eight of the 13 points. At that point, head coach Jaida Williams turned to her bench for the remainder of the game. The players did not disappoint, keeping pace with the Longwood regulars as each player that entered the game scored at least one basket.

Coastal Carolina continues its two-game road trip on Monday, Dec. 30 at Radford. Tipoff at the Highlanders' Dedmon Center is set for 3 p.m. The sides split last year's season series with each squad winning on its home floor.

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Coastal Carolina at Radford

Date / Time: Sat., Dec. 30, 2013 / 3 p.m.
Site: Radford, Va. / Dedmon Center (3,205)
Audio Broadcast: Chanticleer Sports Network
Radio: WHSC FOX Sports Radio 1050 AM and 101.9 FM
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Live Stats: RUHighlanders.com
Live Video: Big South Network
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