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
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.
• 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.