Women's Basketball Begins 2009 With UNC Asheville Saturday
Date:Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009Time:At: Kimbel Arena – Conway, S.C.Series: Coastal Carolina leads 25-22Radio: THE TEAM 93.9 FM (Chris Burgin and Randy Clemens) Live Stats: www.GoCCUsports.comLive Video: www.BigSouthSports.com
Opening TipBig South action begins today at Kimbel Arena when Coastal Carolina takes to the floor with UNC Asheville. The Chanticleers are looking to get out of a small rut after playing to a 2-4 record during the month of December. Asheville will look to snap a three game losing streak and pick up their first road win of the season today.
Scouting the BulldogsThe Bulldogs are 3-9 this season, but have had standout performances by Jessica Monroe (Dec. 1) and Lindsey Montgomery (Dec. 8), who have each picked up Big South Player of the Week honors. Asheville dropped their two games at the Terrapin Classic falling to No. 16 Maryland 90-57, before dropping the consolation game to Marshall 89-68. UNC Asheville hopes to snap a three-game losing streak and pick up its first road win today as they have gone 0-4 on the road on the season. Chiomo Okoli is averaging 12.0 points per game, while Ana Baker is adding 10.3 points a contest. Three-point threat Lindsey Thompson is shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and Jessica Monroe is averaging 6.0 rebounds a game. Series vs. UNC AshevilleSeries Record: Coastal Carolina leads25-22Last year, the squads capitalized on their home court advantage and split the two-game series. Junior Amanda Stull averaged 15 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games last year.
Coastal Carolina in Big South OpenersCoastal Carolina is 14-9 in Big South Conference openers dating back to the 1986-87 season. Last year, the Chants lost toRadford 71-54 in their first Big South game.Mixing It UpHead Coach Alan LeForce and his staff has shuffled through seven starting lineups this season due to illness and injury. Coastal Carolina’s most successful unit came at the start of the season when juniors Amanda Stull and Devin Rivers teamed up with sophomores Kate Jasinski, Sydnei Moss and Jessica Noll for a 3-0 record.
FindingRange From Three-PointLandCoastal Carolina is starting to find its range from downtown. In the past three games, the Chanticleers are shooting 36.4 (8-of- 22) from behind the arc. In the first nine games, the Chants shot 25.2 percent from three-point range.
It’s Block and WhiteSophomore Katie White tied a Coastal Carolina program record for most blocks in a single game, tallying seven against UNC Wilmington (Dec. 18). White’s defensive prowess led her to five first half blocks, and she rejected two more shots in the second frame. The 6-3 center has a team-leading 23 blocks this season, and leads the league at 2.3 per game.
A Long DecemberThe Chanticleers played all six of their games in six different venues. Coastal Carolina set out on an 11-day, three-game road swing at the beginning of December, where they traveled three states, Indiana (Butler - Dec. 6), North Carolina (UNC - Dec. 13) and back to South Carolina (SCSU - Dec. 16). The Chants finally returned to Kimbel Arena where they hosted UNC Wilmington (Dec. 18). The Chants then headed down Hwy. 501 and hosted Stetson (Dec. 20) as part of the Crescent Bank Carolina’s Challenge at the Myrtle BeachConvention Center. The final stop for Coastal Carolina was a trip to Montgomery, Ala., where they faced AlabamaState (Dec. 29). During this span, the Chanticleers went 2-4.
Stull Accepting Charity, Reynolds Wants In Junior Amanda Stull has gone to the free throw line 79 times in 13 games. Stull earned her way to line 18 times at AlabamaState (Dec. 29), where she converted 13 freebies. On the season, she 77.2 percent from the charity stripe as the Rushville native has gone 61-for-79, which includes two 8-for-8 performances against Wofford (Nov. 19) and Southern Virginia (Nov. 30). Junior Kendra Reynolds is getting used to being at the line too after sitting out the first 10 contest due to NCAA transfer rules. During the last four games, Reynolds has gone 9-for-10 at the foul line to shoot 90 percent this season.
Rookie RoundupFreshmen Olivia Irick and Taylor Epley have appeared in all 13 games for the Chanticleers this season. Irick is averaging 4.5 points a game, while Epley is adding 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest. The two have combined to go 6-of-13 from behind the arc for the Chants.
S-E-N-I-O-R-S?Coastal Carolina’s 2008-09 roster lists no seniors. This is the first time in Head Coach Alan LeForce’s 12 years he will be missing that senior leadership. However, the 2008-09 squad is rich in talent and experience. LeForce believes this is one of the most talented groups he and his staff have ever assembled at Coastal Carolina.
All Aboard!!!For the fourth consecutive season, Coastal Carolina will have the same coaching staff on the bench. Head Coach Alan LeForce enters his 12th season at the helm for the Chants. All assistant coaches return with Frank Moorhead starting his seventh season, Mark Kost begins his sixth and Shameka Montgomery starts her fourth year. This staff has put together a squad that has gone 59-37 (.615) in the past three seasons. This staff has put together a squad that has gone 60-38 (.612) in the past four seasons.
New FacesThe Chanticleers welcome four newcomers to the team in transfers Kendra Reynolds and Lindsey Waters and freshmen Taylor Epley and Olivia Irick. Reynolds, a junior transfer from Olney Central JC, sat out the first half of the season due to NCAA regulations and Waters will miss the entire season after transferring from Eastern Kentucky.
Chants Tabbed Sixth in BSC Preseason PollThe CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s basketball team has been picked to tie for sixth place in this season’s Big South Conference Preseason Poll, the conference announced at Media Day Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Concord, N.C. The poll was voted on by the league’s coaches and selected media members. Liberty, the 2008 Big South Champion, was the clear preseason favorite after receiving 17 of 19 first-place votes and 169 points. Winthrop was predicted second with 143 points and High Point placed third with 129 points. Radford earned one first-place vote, landing in fourth spot with 116 points, followed by UNC Asheville who edged out the Chanticleers with 75 points. Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb each tallied 73 points, while Charleston Southern (55 points) and Presbyterian (22 points) were voted eighth and ninth, respectively. For the third consecutive year, Liberty’s Megan Frazee was selected as the Preseason Player of the year and to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Frazee is joined by teammate Moriah Frazee, Ashley Fann (Winthrop), Pamela Tolbert (Charleston Southern) and Johnette Walker (Radford) as preseason All-Conference selections.
AlabamaState Clips Chants 59-51Coastal Carolina went to the free throw line 34 times and converted 24 of their foul shots, but it was not enough as AlabamaState’s hot shooting downed the Chants 59-51. The Hornets shot 46.7 percent from the field, while Coastal Carolina made 33.3 percent of its shots from the floor. Junior Amanda Stull was 13-for-18 at the charity stripe scoring 15 points as the top scorer for the Chanticleers.
Atlantic Sun and Done!Coastal Carolina swept through its Atlantic Sun opponents this season earning wins over Campbell (Nov. 17), Jacksonville (Nov. 22) and Stetson (Dec. 20). The Chants are the only team in the Big South to earn victories over the A-Sun, as the rest of the Big South has gone 0-7 against the A-Sun.
Noll Lights Up From Downtown to Push Chants Over StetsonSophomore Jessica Noll scored a career-high 20 points, including four triples, to lead the Chanticleers past Stetson 51-49 Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Myrtle BeachConvention Center. Noll went 7-for-14 from the field, going 4-for-7 from three-point land, 2-for-2 at the free throw line and added five rebounds. Sophomore Sydnei Moss followed with seven points and 13 rebounds, which tied her career best.
Chants Late Game Push Not Enough, UNCW Wins 56-51The Chants attempted a late second-half push, but it came up short as UNC Wilmington edged out the Chanticleers 56-51 (Dec. 18) at Kimbel Arena. The Seahawks handed Coastal Carolina its first home loss of the season. Sophomore Sydnei Moss paced the Chants with 14 points and 12 rebounds, picking up her second double-double of the year.
Reynolds Steals the Show in DebutJunior transfer Kendra Reynolds saw action for the first time this season at South Carolina State (Dec. 16), after sitting out the first nine games due to NCAA transfer regulations. Reynolds put the Chants on the board with her first drive to the basket and went on to record her first career double-double leading the Chants to a 53-43 victory over the Bulldogs.The South Bend, Ind., native knocked home a game-high 13 points and owned the glass with 11 rebounds, including 10 defensive boards for the Chanticleers. Reynolds also picked up a game-high three assists.
Free Throw Shooting Clinches 53-43 Victory at SCSUJunior Amanda Stull scored the final seven points at the free-throw line to help Coastal Carolina seal a 53-43 victory over South CarolinaState Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the S-H-MMemorialCenter. Coastal Carolina went 9-for-10 at the line in the final three minutes of play. The Bulldogs attempted a late charge with an 8-0 run, cutting the Chants lead to 44-41 with remaining in the game. The final nine points for the Chanticleers came at the line, with sophomore Sydnei Moss getting it started with two points at the charity stripe to give the Chants a 46-41 advantage. SCSU cut it back to three points at 46-43, but failed to convert their chances, forcing them to foul the Chanticleers. Stull, a 78.6-percent free throw shooter, was sent to the line on the next four Chant possessions. Stull missed her first shot, but then went 7-for-7 in the closing two minutes of the game.
Starters Go Cold, Bench Heats UpCoastal Carolina’s starting five, juniors Amanda Stull and Devin Rivers and sophomores Sydnei Moss, Kate Jasinski and Katie White combined for 20 pointsin the 95-44 loss to No. 2 North Carolina (Dec. 13). The five players were 7-for-40 from the field and finished shooting 17.5 percent. Rivers and Moss owned five of the seven buckets, while Stull and White added one each, leaving Jasinski to pick up her two points at the charity stripe. The Chanticleer reserves shot 34.6 percent from the floor, sinking nine baskets for 24 points. It was the first time this season the Chants bench tallied more points than the starting lineup.
Poor Shooting Helps Heels to 95-44 Win Over ChantsCoastal Carolina leading scorer, junior Amanda Stull, was held to two points as second-ranked North Carolina ran past the Chants 95-44. Junior Devin Rivers led the Chants with eight points, while four players scored in double digits for the Tar Heels, with Italee Lucas knocking down a game-high 17 points. Coastal Carolina had its poorest shooting performance of the season going 16-for-66 from the floor, shooting 24.2 percent, while North Carolina shot 44.6 percent on 33-of-74 from the field.
Stull Feels Right at Home in Indiana, Scores Career HighJunior Amanda Stull had one of the most dominating performances by a Chanticleer this season at Butler (Dec. 6). Stull nabbed 17 of her career-high 20 points in the second half and pulled down 11 rebounds, tying a personal best mark. The Rushville, Ind., native added five steals and four assists, but Coastal Carolina came out on the losing end of a 78-48 decision.
Butler Rules the Boards, Defeats Chants 78-48The Chanticleers were handed their second loss of the season at Butler (Dec. 6), where the Chanticleers were outrebounded 55-30 and managed only nine offensive boards in the entire game, while the Bulldogs grabbed 22 in the contest. Butler capitalized on Coastal Carolina’s slow start to take 37-18 lead at the half.A layup by junior Amanda Stull with remaining brought the Chanticleers within 16 points at 58-42, but that was the closest Coastal Carolina would get as Butler finished off the game with a 20-6 run for the 78-48 victory.
Chants Get Votes in Associated Press Top 25 PollAfter a 6-1 start to the 2008-09 season, the Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team received four votes in the Associated Press Top 25 national rankings released Monday, Dec. 1. Coastal Carolina made its first ever appearance in the AP poll in program history Monday, Nov. 24, 2008.
24 Hours is All it Takes for NollSophomore Jessica Noll had two of her best outings in a Chanticleer uniform over the weekend, recording personal bests in points, rebounds, assists and blocks. Against Southern Virginia (Nov. 29), Noll found a rhythm in the second half going 6-for-7 from the floor tallying a career-high 15 points, helping the Chanticleer reserves outscore the Lady Knights’ bench 33-5. Less than 24 hours later, Noll was a spark of the bench and led the Chants with her first career double-double, draining 12 points and pulling down 13 rebounds, lifting Coastal Carolina over Coker (Nov. 30). Noll also nabbed a career-high three blocks against Coker and matched a personal best one assist in the game.
Coastal Carolina Zips Past CokerSophomore Jessica Noll recorded her first career double-double to lead the CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s basketball team past Coker 64-31 Sunday, Nov. 30. Noll tallied game-highs of 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Chants, while redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley used the second half to score a season-high 10 points. The Chants only shot 29 percent in the first frame, but that was enough to go ahead of the Lady Cobras 27-12 at the break, who were shooting 16 percent from the floor. Coastal Carolina finished the day shooting 36.9 percent as Coker shot 23.1 percent from the field.
Chanticleers Set Record, Dominate Southern VirginiaCoastal Carolina set a school record for fewest points in a half by an opponent and sailed past Southern Virginia 76-36 Saturday, Nov. 29. The Chanticleers held the Lady Knights to just three points in the first 20 minutes of play, grabbing a 37-3 advantage at the half. Every player dressed for the Chanticleers made a contribution on the scoreboard, as all 10 players earned a bucket in the victory. Sophomore Jessica Noll used the final 10 minutes in the game to register 15 points, going 6-for-10 on the day.
Jasinski Firing on All CylindersSophomore Kate Jasinski had a career night at College of Charleston (Nov. 25), where she led the Chanticleers with a personal-best 23 points. She also tallied a career-high five rebounds in the game. Jasinski started the game going 4-for-4 from the field, scoring 10 of the Chants’ first 13 points. She finished the game 10-of-18 from the floor, including three triples. Jasinski also nabbed four steals.
College of Charleston Hands Chants First Loss of SeasonSophomore Kate Jasinski poured in a career-high 23 points, but the CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s basketball team dropped a 72-58 decision to College of Charleston at Carolina First Arena Tuesday, Nov. 25. The Chanticleers held a 32-31 advantage at the half but came out flat in the second frame to shoot 29 percent from the field, while College of Charleston shot 48 percent from the floor to outscore the Chants 41 to 26 in the second half. Jasinski was 10-of-18 from the field and picked up four steals and a career-high five rebounds. Junior Amanda Stull was the only other Chant to score in double digits with 11 points and added three assists. Sophomore Sydnei Moss narrowly missed her second double-double of the season, grabbing 10 rebounds and scoring nine points.
Stull Earns Big South Player of the Week HonorJunior Amanda Stull was named Big South Player of the Week, the League announced Monday, Nov. 24. It is Stull’s first-ever Player of the Week honor, after being named Freshman of the Week twice during her rookie campaign. Stull posted a solid week for the CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s basketball team as she averaged 14.3 points per game to lead Coastal Carolina to three wins. She connected on 50-percent of her shots from the floor as she hit 14-of-28 tries. Stull was in double-digits in scoring in all three games and hit 15-of-17 attempts from the charity stripe, including an 8-of-8 performance against Wofford. She also finished the week with 19 rebounds, including 11 caroms against Jacksonville on Nov. 22. The guard closed the three-game span with seven assists and eight steals.
White Returns to LineupSophomore Katie White missed the first three games due to illness, but made her first start against Jacksonville Saturday, Nov. 22. White went 3-for-3 from the field for six points, pulled down seven rebounds and added two blocks for the Chants.
Chanticleers Topple Jacksonville 63-44Junior Amanda Stull scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the first half, leading the CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s basketball team a 63-44 victory over Jacksonville (Nov.22). Stull matched a career-high with 16 points and picked up 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Junior Devin Rivers had 13 points while sophomore Sydnei Moss added 11 points for the Chants. Sophomore Katie White was in action for the first time this season and picked up six points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Coastal Carolina dominated the glass outrebounding the Dolphins 46 to 27, including 33 defensive boards.
Moss Sets Career HighSophomore Sydnei Moss scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Chanticleers to a 67-64 win at Wofford (Nov. 19). Moss tallied 17 of her 22 points in the second half, hitting 6-of-11 shots from the floor and added a team-best eight rebounds.
Free-For-All Gives the Chants a 67-64 Win At WoffordCoastal Carolina went 25-for-29 at the free throw line in the 67-64 win over Wofford (Nov. 19). The Chanticleers shot 86.2 percent from the line, while Wofford shot 50 percent (14-28). Junior Amanda Stull was 8-of-8, while sophomore Sydnei Moss went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe. Redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley was 4-of-4 and sophomore Jessica Noll hit both her free throws when she stepped up to the line.
Turnovers=PointsCoastal Carolina forced Campbell to turn the ball over 29 times, which led to 29 Chanticleer points as they defeated the Camels 52-50 (Nov. 17). Coastal Carolina scored 17 of its 19 first half points off of Campbell’s 21 turnovers.
Stull Switches Gears, Leads Chants to 52-50 Win Over CampbellJunior Amanda Stull scored a driving layup with 46 seconds remaining in the game to put the CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s basketball team (2-0) up for good as it squeezed out a 52-50 victory over Campbell (1-1) Monday, Nov. 17 at Kimbel Arena. Stull went 6-of-8 in the second half to score all of her 13 points. Sophomore Kate Jasinski scored a game-high 14 points and added five assists, while sophomore Sydnei Moss picked up eight rebounds in the win.
LeForce Earns 400th Career WinWith the 65-49 win over Erskine Friday, Nov. 14, Coastal Carolina Head Coach Alan LeForce earned his 400th career win. LeForce is in his 12th season as the Chanticleers’ mentor and has compiled a 160-150 record at Coastal Carolina and a 400-330 overall record in 25 seasons as a head coach. LeForce is the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in Coastal Carolina history and is the only coach to win 100 games in both Division I men’s and women’s basketball.
Bench Blasts ErskineThe Coastal Carolina bench outscored Erskine’s reserves 23-5 in the season opener, en route to a 65-49 victory for the Chants. Freshman Olivia Irick earned 16 points for the Chants in 17 minutes of play. Redshirt sophomore Lauren Grochowski had five points, while redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley had two points in the win.
Chants Send Fleet Flying with 65-49 WinJunior Devin Rivers and sophomore Sydnei Moss recorded double-doubles to lead the Chanticleers to a 65-49 win over Erskine Nov. 14. Rivers had 12 points and matched a personal best grabbing 10 rebounds. Moss tallied 12 points and collected a career-high 13 rebounds. Coastal Carolina led by as many as 21 points in the first half. Up 52-37 in the second half, Erskine strung together the next eight points, cutting the deficit to seven points at 52-45 with remaining, but Coastal Carolina went on a 13-3 run to close out the game. The Chanticleers out-rebounded Erskine 55-33 and had 23 second chance points, while the Flying Fleet had five. The win moved the Chanticleers to 18-17 in season openers and 10-1 in lidlifters under Head Coach Alan LeForce.