Chants Escape Radford with One-Point Win; Improve to 3-0 in Big South Play
Dec. 30, 2013
RADFORD, VA. - Angelica Henry sank both ends of a 1-and-1 with 7.6 seconds remaining in regulation to lift Coastal Carolina to a 67-66 victory at Radford on Monday afternoon.
Coastal trailed 64-57 as Ayana Avery converted a layup with 3:07 showing on the scoreboard at the Dedmon Center. AJ Jordan connected on a jumper; Henry sank a knifing layup and Jordan followed with another layup on three consecutive possessions to pull the Chants within a point with 1:47 to play. The Highlanders' Kiera McIvor made two free throws to extend Radford's lead back to three, but the Chants rallied to score the final four points and the win.
Henry scored on an acrobatic layup on Coastal's next possession, cutting the RU lead back to one. A Coastal foul sent Radford's Avery to the line; however, the junior's 1-and-1 attempt fell short and into the hands of CCU's Jordan. Jordan pushed the ball ahead to Henry who was fouled as she drove toward the lane with 7.6 second to play.
The victory improved Coastal to 3-0 in Big South play for only the second time in program history and first since the 1999-2000 season. The Chants head into the New Year with a 7-5 overall record and a slate of five home contests waiting in the month of January. Radford, losers of 11 straight, fall to 2-11 (0-4 Big South) on the season.
Jordan led Coastal in the scoring column for the seventh time this season, finishing with 23 points. The junior also corralled a career-high 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Alexx Puckett finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Henry scored 13, including 12 in the second half.
Avery paced Radford with 24 points. She was joined in double-figures by McIvor's 16 and Kermisha Clark's 11. Rachael Ross led the Highlanders on the boards with nine.
After a sluggish start to the contest by both sides, Radford's Avery caught fire and outscored Coastal 12-7, giving the Highlanders an 18-13 lead with 9:56 to play before the intermission. Megan Pittman slowed the Radford momentum with a free throw, but the Highlanders responded immediately with a jumper by Clark, a Ross layup and a 3-pointer from the wing by Avery to push its lead to 10 (24-14) at the 7:30 mark.
Puckett hit a pair at the line and Pittman scored in the paint to trim the home team's lead to six and spark a game-tying 12-3 Chanticleer run. The run featured two jumpers by Jordan and a layup by Henry before Pittman knotted the score at 27 with her third and fourth free throw of the afternoon.
Following another tie and two lead changes, RU's Avery sank two at the charity stripe to give her side a three-point lead with 1:01 to play. Jordan missed a jumper on Coastal's ensuing possession, but Savanah Pippin came away with a steal and fed the ball ahead to a streaking Karsen Sims, who scored in the paint to provide the 32-31 halftime score.
Coastal outscored Radford 19-18 over the opening 9:50 of the second half to tie the game 50-all. Ross, Avery and Aisha Foy then combined to produce a 14-7 run over the next 6:05 to give Radford its seven-point lead with 3:07 to play.
Coastal finished the contest shooting 35.8 percent (24-of-67) from the floor. The Chants controlled the boards by a slim 42-41 advantage and converted 26 second chance points. Radford shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) for the contest.
Coastal returns home to open the New Year with a pair of feature bouts against league rivals High Point and Liberty. The Chants host High Point on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. then play the defending Big South champion Flames on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m.