Women's Basketball Faces High Point Thursday

Coastal enters the contest 3-0 in Big South play for only the second time in program history


Alexx Puckett

Jan. 2, 2014

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team opens the New Year at home on Thursday hosting Big South foe High Point at 7 p.m. The Chanticleers enter the game with a perfect 3-0 conference record, while the Panthers carry a 2-1 league mark into the contest.

Date / Time: Thurs., Jan. 2, 2014 / 7 p.m.
Site: Conway, S.C. / The HTC Center (3,212)
Audio Broadcast: Chanticleer Sports Network
Radio: WHSC FOX Sports Radio 1050 AM and 101.9 FM
Online Audio Link: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/coastal.portal#
Talent: Aaron Marks (pxp)
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com
Live Video: Big South Network
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports and @Chants365

The Last Meeting
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March 2, 2013
Millis Athletic Center - High Point, N.C.
High Point Narrowly Escapes Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina cut High Point's lead to a single possession twice in the final minute of play, but the Panthers knocked down four free throws down the stretch to secure a 58-53 win in both teams' final regular season game on Saturday inside the Millis Center.

Coastal Carolina Game Notes - Game 13 vs. High Point Get Acrobat Reader

Last Time Out
• Coastal Carolina pushed its Big South record to a perfect 3-0 with a 67-66 come-from-behind victory at Radford on Dec. 30.
• Trailing by one with 7.6 seconds to play, Angelica Henry made two free throws to secure the win.
• Coastal trailed by seven with 3:07 to play, but outscored Radford 10-4 to end the game.
AJ 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 Angelica Henry scored 13, including 12 in the second half.
• 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.

Coastal Carolina vs. High Point
• Thursday’s meeting marks the 37th in the all-time series between the Coastal Carolina and High Point. The Panthers hold a 22-14 lead in the series and have won 12 of the last 16 meetings. The Panthers took two wins from the Chants last season, including a 58-53 win in the regular season finale.
• Coastal and High Point are near identical teams statistically with the only real discrepancy being Coastal’s +3.3 scoring and +5.3 rebounding margins.

Up Next
• Coastal Carolina hosts Liberty on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. Coastal has not defeated the Flames since Feb. 19, 1996.

3-0 For Only The Second Time
• Coastal Carolina is off to a 3-0 record in Big South play for only the second time since the formation of the conference before the 1986-87 season.
• The Chanticleers last started 3-0 in league play during the 1999-2000 season. That year Coastal, which was under the direction of third-year head coach Alan LeForce, finished the campaign 9-5 league record (20-10 overall) and an appearance in the Big South Championship game.

Nearly Automatic At The Line
• Coastal is shooting 73.2 percent as a team from the free-throw line this season, ranking second-best in the Big South.
• The Chants’ most impressive effort at the charity stripe came in the 83-53 win at Longwood as the team combined to go a perfect 13-of-13.
• Individually, five of Coastal’s 10 active players are shooting 75 percent of better from the line. Katelyn Connor leads all Chants with an 88.9 percent clip followed by Alexx Puckett’s 80.5.
Angelica Henry made Coastal’s two most important free throws of the season on Dec. 30. She went to the line with Coastal trailing 65-66 with 7.6 seconds to play facing a 1-and-1. Henry sank both of the free throws to give Coastal the 67-66 win.

Largest Conference Win In Program History
• Coastal Carolina defeated Longwood by an 83-53 score on Dec. 28, setting the program records for largest margin of victory in a Big South Conference win and largest margin of victory in a league road contest.
• Coastal’s previous largest margin of victory was by 24 points (67-43) against Birmingham Southern on March 1, 2004.
• The Chants’ previous largest margin of victory in a road conference game was by 19 (48-29) at Winthrop on Jan. 31, 2011.

I’ll Take Jordan for 23 (Or At Least 20)
• Junior AJ Jordan is in the midst of a truly breakout season. After averaging a modest 9.6 points per outing as a sophomore, Jordan has nearly doubled that output to 18.2 per game this season.
• The Coalfield, Tenn., native ranks second in the Big South in points per game behind defending Big South Player of the Year Dequesha McClanahan of Winthrop.
• She is averaging an impressive 19.7 points per outing in Big South Conference games.
• She has broken the 20 point barrier in seven of Coastal’s 12 games, including four 23-point efforts.
• Jordan has already reset her career-high, which now stands at 25, twice this season.
• She is on pace to be the first Chanticleer to average more than 16.0 points per game since Alisha Dill averaged 22.5 during the 2006-07 campaign.

12 Down, 17 to Go
• Coastal is 12 games into its 2013-14 season with a 7-5 overall record and a 3-0 mark in Big South play.
• The Chants have 17 games remaining on its regular season slate with each being of the conference variety.
• Through 10 contests, the Chants are averaging 74.6 points per outing compared to only 59.5 a season ago. In addition, Coastal averages 45.7 rebounds per game, an improvement of 3.3 over the first 12 games of last season.



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