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Women's Hoops Set to Host Charleston Southern Saturday

The Chanticleers will look for the first in the Big South.

       

Sophomore Olivia Irick scored a team-high 10 points against High Point.

Sophomore Olivia Irick scored a team-high 10 points against High Point.

Jan. 7, 2010

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Who: Charleston Southern
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2010
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Kimbel Arena-Conway, S.C.
Series Record: Coastal leads 42-27
Radio: www.GoCCUsports.com (Chris Burgin)
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Opening Tip
Coastal Carolina (9-5, 0-2 Big South) will look to recover after losing both games on the first Big South road trip against Charleston Southern (7-6, 1-1) on Saturday, January 9 in Kimbel Arena at 4 p.m. Despite the recent struggles, Coastal is 5-0 at home this season. The Chanticleers have also been successful against the Lady Buccaneers, posting a 42-27 all-time record. Last season, the teams split the series with Charleston Southern taking the first game 65-63, and Coastal Carolina winning a thriller in the second game 63-62.

Scouting Charleston Southern
Charleston Southern opened the Big South Conference play with a loss to High Point 68-56, but redeemed itself against UNC Asheville 67-50 on Monday January 4. Against UNC Asheville, freshman Helen Terry scored a career-high 18 points in the win. The Buccaneers have three players averaging double figures with junior guard Katie Tull leading 16.4 points per game, redshirt-junior guard Kelsey Wasmer following at 10.6 points per game and Terry with 10.2 per game. Leading the team with 7.2 boards per game is 5-10 forward Ali Shwagmeyer.

Coaching Match Up
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Alan LeForce enters his 13th season with the Chanticleers, and 27th as a collegiate coach. Charleston Southern is headed by Julie Goodenough, who is in her fourth year with the Buccanneers and her 14th in college coaching. With the Buccaneers, Goodenough helped lead them to her best season in the 2008-09, posting a 12-18 (6-10) record, and an overall 37-66 record with Charleston Southern. In the six meetings the coaches have faced each other, LeForce has a 5-1 advantage over Goodenough.

Series vs. Charleston Southern
Series Record: Coastal leads 42-27
The Chanticleers have won seven of the last eight games since the 2005-06 season. Last season, the teams split the series as Charleston Southern won the first 65-63, and Coastal took the second in a last second thriller 63-62. In the Chants most recent win, Amanda Stull scored two free-throws with two seconds left, including the game-winner, to clinch the one-point win with two seconds left over the Buccaneers.

Three-Point Shooting Match-Up
Both Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern teams harbor three-point shooters that were number one at one time in the NCAA Division I rankings. Senior Amanda Stull was ranked number one with a .667 three-point field goal percentage for the weeks of Dec. 6 and 13. She later fell to number two in the nation with a .595 three-point percentage through the week of Dec. 20. For Charleston Southern, junior guard Katie Tull has been number one in three-point field goals per game for weeks Nov. 29 through Dec. 20. She is currently number two in the NCAA with a 3.9 three-point field goals per game.

Chanticleers Fall to High Point
Coastal Carolina couldn't recover from a 15-0 High Point run in the first half, being defeated 79-39, falling to 0-2 in Big South Conference play. The Chants struggled from the field, shooting 25.5 percent (13-of-51) while High Point shot 49.2 percent (31-of-63) in the game. High Point took advantage of 27 Coastal turnovers, scoring 31 points in off of the miscues and 18 points off on fast breaks. Only sophomore Olivia Irick tallied double figures for the Chants with 10 points and four rebounds. Courtney Grambley made her first start of the season by tallying six points, two rebounds, one block and one steal each.

Home is Where the WINS are...
Coastal Carolina has thrived on its home court this season, winning all five contests played at Kimbel Arena. The Chanticleers are shooting 50 percent from the field at home, averaging 70.6 points a game and holding opponents to 43.0 points. Coastal Carolina has outscored opponents by an average of 27.6 points.

Coastal Drops Conference Opener to UNC Asheville
Coastal Carolina fell the UNC Asheville in the conference opener on Saturday, January 2. The Bulldogs shot 80 percent from the free-throw line in the second half and 47 percent from the field in the game. The Chants only shot 40 percent from the stripe and 33.9 percent in the game. Sydnei Moss scored a game-high 20 points in the loss. Bulldogs' Lindsey Montgomery posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Put it In the Books
Senior Amanda Stull has made her mark in the Coastal Carolina history books by cracking the all-time top-10 record for career steals this season. Since the start of the season, Stull has jumped seven places on the list. Stull recently surpassed Patricia Clark (1976-79), who has 196 career-steals, to take the number four spot after picking up five in the loss to UNC Asheville on Jan. 2. Stull has a total of 198 career steals and is 48 steals away from cracking the third spot of Holly Bottar (1988-91), which Stull will need to average 3.3 steals per game to do so.

Chanticleers Close 2009 with Win Over Elon
Coastal Carolina closed the regular season and the 2009 portion of the schedule with a win over Elon 61-49. For the first time this season, the Chanticleers were down in the first half by 12 points, 27-19, but battled their way back by holding the Phoenix scoreless for eight in a half minutes, going on a 11-0 run. Elizabeth Weaver sparked the Chants in the second half with two consecutive triples. Weaver finished the game scoring nine points, four rebounds and two assists in 13 second-half minutes. Sydnei Moss scored a game-high 18 points, while Amanda Stull followed with 11. Katie White had a career-night, posting career-highs with nine rebounds, six assists, five steals, and tying a career-high seven blocks. White finished the game with nine points.

White Out
Katie White has sparked the Chanticleers since her return to action against Coker on Nov. 29. White is averaging 6.3 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game. Doing what she does best, the 6-3 junior has averaged 3.3 blocks per game and boosting the team average to 3.8, which is a block per game more than the Chants were averaging before her return. Most recently, White had a career-night against Elon posting career-highs with nine rebounds, six assists, five steals, and tying a career-high seven blocks. White finished the game with nine points.

Coastal Gets Back on Track Against Savannah State
Despite being without starters Sydnei Moss and Devin Rivers, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers defeated Savannah State 57-41 on December 20 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The game also closed out the two-game series against the Tigers, with Coastal coming out on top in both. Junior Katie White stepped up for the Chants against the Tigers tying a career-high with 13 points. She also collected four boards and put away three blocks. Senior Kendra Reynolds scored a season-high 11 points and grabbed for nine boards. Earning her first start of the season, Olivia Irick posted 10 points and four rebounds.

UNC Wilmington Snaps a Five-Game Win Streak
The Chanticleers five-game win streak was snapped by UNC Wilmington on Tuesday, December 15, 70-40. The Chants were held to shooting 32 percent from the field and a season-low 53.8 percent from the stripe. Sydnei Moss had a team-high 12 points and four rebounds. This is not the first time Wilmington has been a spoiler for the Chants last season they handed Coastal their first home loss, and in 2007-08 UNCW broke the longest a seven-game win streak to start the season.

First Half Frenzy
In all, but one of Coastal's wins this season, the Chants have led in the first half. In all of the losses the Chants have trailed going into the locker room. In the first half, the Chanticleers have outscored their opponents by and average of 30.2-26.6.

Stull's Ranking in the NCAA
Coastal Carolina University women's basketball senior guard Amanda Stull was ranked second in NCAA Division I for three-point field-goal percentage through games of Dec. 21. Stull has hit 59.5 percent (22-37) from beyond the arc and is averaging 2.0 triples a game. Stull spent two weeks in the number one spot with a 66.7 three-point average for the weeks of Dec. 6 and Dec. 13.

Coastal Gets Past Converse
Despite a sluggish first half, the Chanticleers boosted their play in the second half to defeat Converse, 65-47 on Sunday, December 13 in Kimbel Arena. Seniors Amanda Stull and Devin Rivers scored all but four of the Chanticleers' 27 first-half points. Stull had a team-high 17 points. She also corralled six boards, snatched six steals, and handed out three assists. Rivers posted a career-high 15 points. Coming off the bench, Katie White grabbed nine rebounds and put away a season-high five blocks.

Chants Pull Through At Savannah State
Despite a rough night of 35.4 percent shooting, the Chanticleers relied on their defense and spectacular 91.7 percent free-throw shooting to win at Savannah State on Saturday, December 5, 49-35. Sydnei Moss tallied her first double-double of the season with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. Moss also went a perfect 5-5 from the line, while Kendra Reynolds and Olivia Irick posted 100 percent from the stripe going 2-2. Katie Ahaus had a strong showing for the Chanticleers with 12 points and three rebounds. Coastal showed their toughness on the boards as they out rebounded the Tigers 36-29.

Chants Get Big Win Over College of Charleston
On Dec. 2 , the Chanticleers outlasted in-state rival College of Charleston, 57-53. In the first half, the lead changed six times and the scored was tied three times. Coastal held on in the second half, but the Cougars never allowed the lead to grow to more than five points. Sydnei Moss hit a crucial jumper with 10 seconds left in the game that put the game away from the Cougars. As Cold As Ice The Chanticleers have shown that they have "ice running through their veins" when it comes to close games. In the three games this season that the score has been under 10 points, the Chants have gone 88 percent from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of the game. Sydnei Moss leads the Chants in pressure free-throw shooting by going 12-for-13 (92 percent) in the tight situations. In their victory against College of Charleston, the Chants went 8-for-9 from the line in the final five minutes of the game. Amanda Stull went 4-for-5 herself in the five minutes at the end of the game.

Coastal Defeats Coker for the 35th Time in History
The Chanticleers defeated Coker 81-46 on Sunday, Nov. 29 for the 35th time in the history of both programs. The Chanticleers have never lost to the Cobras. Sophomore guard Olivia Irick had the game-high in scoring with 16 points and taking away three steals. Also tallying double figures was Sydnei Moss with 14 points and Amanda Stull adding 13. Moss led the team in rebounding with seven as Devin Rivers corralled six boards.

Chants Take Third Place in Great Alaska Shootout
Coastal Carolina came in third place in the Great Alaska Shootout at Anchorage, Alaska on Nov. 24 and 25. The Chants fell in their first game to host Alaska Anchorage 89-47. The Seawolves shot 54.1 percent from the field, as Coastal was held to a 28.8 shooting percentage. Juniors Sydnei Moss and Jessica Noll led the Chanticleers with 10 points apiece, and Noll grabbed a team-high six rebounds. In a much improved second game, the Chanticleers beat Western Carolina, 72-64. Moss had a team-high 17 points, while Katie Ahaus sparked the team by adding 14 points and three assists.

Ahaus Sparks the Chants over Western Carolina
Transfer junior Katie Ahaus was a main factor in the Chanticleers 72-64 win over the Western Carolina Catamounts. Ahaus scored 10 points in the first half . Ahaus continued her tough play by hitting a jumper that gave the Chanticleers the biggest lead of the game, 59-46, with eight minutes remaining in the second half. Ahaus was awarded the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game.

Moss Named to All-Tournament Team
Junior Sydnei Moss was named to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team after leading the Chanticleers in points both nights of play. Moss scored 10 points in the loss to Alaska Anchorage and scored 17 points in the win over Western Carolina. Moss also grabbed for 10 rebounds throughout the tournament.

No. 4 North Carolina Hands Chanticleers their First Loss
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers had a strong first half against the No. 4/4 ranked North Carolina on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The Chanticleers grabbed the lead in the first half at with six minutes left, 20-19. The Tar Heels got the lead back shortly after and kept it going into the half, 33-25. North Carolina came out in the second half scoring 17 unanswered points, which the Chanticleers could not answer. Redshirt-senior Elizabeth Weaver finished the game strong for the Chanticleers scoring a career-high 14 points. Sydnei Moss added 13 rebounds, and Devin Rivers finished with a season-high eight points and four rebounds.

Stull and Moss Duo Help the Chants Win Over Campbell
Amanda Stull and Sydnei Moss combined for 45 points against Campbell on Nov. 16, 66-59. The two scored 68 percent of the points in the game for the Chanticleers. Stull had the game-high 23 points, while Moss followed with 22, tying her career high. Stull went 5-for-6 in the first half from behind the three-point arc, and Moss was perfect on eight crucial foul shots in the last three minutes of the game.

Stull Named Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week
Coastal Carolina University women's basketball senior Amanda Stull garnered the Choice Hotels Big South Women's Basketball of the Week for the week of Nov. 17. Stull averaged 21.0 points in two games played, shooting .577 percent from the field and .714 from beyond the arc. She also averaged 4.5 rebounds and 6.0 steals per game. In the 89-20 win over Southern Virginia on Friday, Nov. 13, Stull had 19 points, shooting 5-for-6 from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the field. Stull dished out four assists, two blocks and grabbed a career-high eight steals. Stull continued her strong play in the 66-59 win at Campbell on Monday, Nov. 16 by shooting 5-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first half and totaling a game-high 23 points. Stull also grabbed eight rebounds and four steals. Ahaus in the House Transfer-junior Katie Ahaus had a strong first appearance in a Chanticleer uniform by dishing eight assists, six points, four steals and two rebounds in the home opener against Southern Virginia.

Bench Shows Strength
The Chanticleer bench scored 44 points in the win against Southern Virginia. Redshirt-sophomore Courtney Grambley led the Chanticleers with five rebounds, which included three offensive grabs. Sophomore Olivia Irick led the bench with 17 points and five steals.

Oh Captain, My Captain
After having no seniors on the 2008-09 roster, the 2009-10 roster is opposite and has four seniors leading this year's squad. Amanda Stull, Devin Rivers and Elizabeth Weaver have been Chanticleers all four years, while Kendra Reynolds has been here for two but will be looked at to be a vocal leader on the team.

All Aboard!!!
For the fourth consecutive season, Coastal Carolina will have the same assistant coaches on the bench that combine 20 years between them. Frank Moorhead is in his eighth season with the Chants, Mark Kost starts his seventh season and Shameka Montgomery begins her fifth season as assistant coaches for the Chanticleers. This staff has put together a squad that has gone 52-33 (.612) in the past three seasons.

Blocking Back
Coastal Carolina returns its top three shot blockers from last season. Sophomore Katie White, who stands at 6-foot-3, led the Chants last season, denying 47 shots. White immediately jumped again into the Coastal Carolina record books, holding the fourth spot for most blocks in a single season while holding the sixth spot with 41 blocks in the 2007-08 season. Juniors Devin Rivers and Kendra Reynolds followed suit, combining for16 blocks.

Hitting the Boards
Junior Sydnei Moss led Coastal last season in rebounds by grabbing 7.0 per game. She ranked fifth in the Big South with the grabs. Additionally, senior Amanda Stull posted 5.9 per game and ranking 13th in the league. Despite only playing in 21 games, Kendra Reynolds posted 6.1 grabs in the season.

Stull-erific!
Junior Amanda Stull has played in every game but one for the Chanticleers since stepping foot on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. During her freshman year, Stull entered all 29 contests for the Chants, averaging 20.2 minutes per game. In the 2007-08 season, Stull became an important piece of the puzzle, starting all 28 games and improved her statistics in several categories including points (6.3 ppg), assists (2.4 apg) and rebounds (3.9 rpg). Last season, Stull played in all but one game due to flu symptoms, and finished the season with 9.9 ppg, 2.9 apg, and 5.9 rpg.

Chants Welcome Ahaus
The Chanticleers welcome newcomer to the team in transfer Katie Ahaus, a junior transfer played two season at Vincennes University scored 10.2 points last season and had 76 percent and 2.2 assists per game in 2008-09. She played in all 35 games for the Lady Trailblazers.

Chants Tabbed Fourth in Preseason Poll
The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team was selected to finish fourth in the Big South Preseason poll announced by the league Oct. 13 at Charlotte, N.C. The poll is voted by the league's coaches and media members. The Chanticleers received a total of 101 points, putting them ahead of Charleston Southern. For the first time in Big South history, Liberty and High Point were picked to finish in the top spot in the conference, each receiving 160 points. Gardner-Webb was picked to finish ahead of the Chanticleers in third by receiving four first-place votes. Rounding out the poll are Winthrop, Radford, UNC Asheville and Presbyterian. Garnering Preseason Player of the Year honors is High Point junior Jurica Hargraves. Also, selected to the preseason team was Mackenzie Maier of High Point, Margaret Roundtree and Dominique Hudson of Gardner-Webb, and Kymesha Alston of Radford.

All Coastal Carolina Games To Be Broadcast On the Internet
For the third straight year, the Coastal Carolina University women's basketball team will broadcast every regular-season and postseason game. Beginning with the season opener Nov. 13 against Southern Virginia, all 28 regular season games and postseason contests will be available at www.GoCCUsports.com. The broadcasts will start 10 minutes prior to tip off. Describing the action, will be Chris Burgin, who enters his third year as "The Voice of Chanticleers Women's Basketball." Burgin came to Coastal Carolina after spending the previous eight years as play-by-play voice for Big South Conference rival Presbyterian College. During his tenure with the Blue Hose, Burgin handled the broadcasts for football, men's and women's basketball, along with baseball and softball. He was behind the microphone when the PC football team won the South Atlantic Conference championship and recorded the school's first NCAA football playoff appearance in 2005. Burgin was also witness to a Division II "Sweet 16" trip by the men's basketball team in 2003 and numerous appearances in the postseason by the women's basketball squad. Burgin, a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina, is currently employed by SportsRadio 1410 WPCC in Clinton. In addition, every postseason game, beginning with the 2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Tournament March 12-14 in High Point, N.C., will be broadcast on both www.GoCCUSports.com and THE TEAM 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach.

Big South To Video Stream All Women's Basketball Conference Games
Coastal Carolina will video stream all home games this season on The Big South Network, the Big South's streaming website. Coastal Carolina will also have every game of the Big South schedule on network as well as complete coverage of the 2010 Advance Auto Parts Big South Tournament in High Point, N.C. The video stream of women's basketball games and all Big South events, which will also be available on a video-ondemand basis for subscribers of The Big South Network, requires a high-speed internet connection (DSL, cable or above), Microsoft Windows Media Player 9.0 or greater downloaded and installed, and a screen resolution of 800x600 or greater, among other requirements. An annual subscription of The Big South Network costs $79.95 and runs one year from the date of sign-up and includes live sporting events and championships, interviews and exclusive access to on-demand video and features.

Up Next Winthrop
Date: Monday, January 18, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
At: Kimbel Arena-Conway, S.C.
Series Record: Coastal leads 36-34
Winthrop 2009-10 Record: 6-7 (1-0 Big South)
After a week off, the Chanticleers will take on Winthrop Monday, January 18 at home in Kimbel Arena, Conway S.C. at 7 p.m. Winthrop opened the Big South Conference portion of play with a win over Presbyterian 57-40. Senior forward Shanice Cole leads all scorers with 10.4 points per game, while senior guard Jessica Fansler averages 9.2 points per game. Winthrop will play three games before playing Coastal.