Dec. 29, 2009
CONWAY, S.C.- After struggling in the first half, the Coastal Carolina University women's basketball overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Elon 61-49 in a hectic battle Tuesday, December 29 in Kimbel Arena. The Chanticleers improved to 9-3 on the season, while the Phoenix fell to the 5-7 mark.
Coastal Carolina opened the game with an 8-3 run, but the Phoenix cut the lead to two on a Lei Lei Hairston jumper, making it 15-13 with 7:41 left in the half. Elon took its first lead of the night on a Urysla Cotton basket with 6:29 to go in the first stanza, part of a 16-5 Elon run that gave them a 27-19 lead going into the intermission. Elon held Coastal to 24 percent shooting in the half, but the sloppy play was evident for both teams as the Chants committed 14 turnovers and the Phoenix 13.
Coastal turned it around with strong defense in the second half as they held the Phoenix scoreless nearly eight minutes and going on 11-0 run to regain the lead 30-27 at 12:30. The Phoenix wouldn't allow the Chants' lead to grow as the visitors pulled to within one at 37-36 after a Courtney Medley fast break lay-in with 10:15 to play in the game.
Sparked by two consecutive Elizabeth Weaver triples, the Chanticleers went on another 10-2 run over the next 2:42 to go up 49-40 with 7:33 left in the game, 49-40. Elon kept battling when a lay-up from Medley and a free-throw from Cotton brought the Phoenix within five, 51-46, with just under three minutes to play. An Amanda Stull jumper followed by a Sydnei Moss shot from beyond the arc in the final minute put the game out of reach, capping off the victory for the Chanticleers. The Chanticleers shot 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field for the second half, while holding the Phoenix to just 20.6 percent (7-of-34).
The Chants rallied to go 36.5 percent (23-of-63) from the floor while holding the Phoenix to just 30.3 percent (20-of-66). Elon won the battle of the boards 50-44.
Katie White had a career night by registering career-highs of nine rebounds, six assists and five steals. White also tied a career-high seven blocks and scored nine points. Weaver was key for the Chants in the second half by going 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and finishing the game with nine points, four boards and two assists in 13 second-half minutes. Moss finished with a game-high 18 points and Stull followed with 11. Cotton registered a double-double with 10 points and 19 rebounds, while Hairston led the Phoenix with 14 points.
Coastal will open Big South Conference play and the 2010 portion of the schedule on January 2 at UNC Asheville's Justice Center. Game time is set for noon.