Coastal Holds Off Texas State, 65-64
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team withstood a surging Texas State team, including 34 individual points by Toshua Leavitt, to defeat the Bobcats 65-64 Sunday afternoon at the HTC Center.
Coastal (8-5, 2-0) relied on solid shooting to remain ahead of Texas State (8-5, 1-1), coming in at just under 50 percent from the field while the Bobcats struggled at 36 percent. Outside of Leavitt, Texas State received 12 points from Brooke Holle and 18 from the rest of the team.
Jas Adams scored 24 points to lead the Chants, and grabbed seven rebounds. DJ Williams scored 14 points with six assists, and Naheria Hamilton provided 11 points.
Alise Davis led all players with nine rebounds as the Chants dominated Texas State on the boards, 42-27. Coastal further dominated down low by outscoring the Bobcats 30-14 in the paint.
The Chants committed only nine fouls throughout the game -- a season low -- allowing Texas State just two attempts at the line.
Coastal led throughout the first three-and-a-half quarters. Texas State did not earn its first lead until the 4:40 mark of the fourth quarter after Leavitt made her ninth 3-pointer of the game to put the Bobcats ahead by one. That lead was quickly erased by Williams at the line, and the Chants outscored the Bobcats 6-2 over the next three minutes to lead 65-61 with two seconds remaining. Leavitt added a final 3-pointer in the last second to bring the final margin to one.
Williams and Adams scored eight and seven points, respectively, in the opening quarter as Coastal shot 62 percent from the field as a team and took an early 21-15 lead over the Bobcats. Coastal led for the entirety of the quarter, and went ahead by as many as nine points following an 8-3 run.
Coastal earned over half of its points in the paint in the first quarter, but used all areas of the court in the second quarter to take its first double-digit lead of the game. Adams hit a trio of shots from beyond the arc to lead the Chants with nine points in the frame and bring her total to 16 at the half, while Hamilton and Alise Davis combined for six points from below the basket and at the line.
Coastal remained in front throughout the third quarter, though its lead was trimmed to three at the conclusion of the 10 minutes. The Chants made just six baskets in the frame while Texas State made seven total, including four 3-pointers from Leavitt.
Up next, Coastal plays its first road games of the season when it heads to ULM (Jan. 4), and Louisiana (Jan. 6).