Women's Basketball Falls Short at Charleston Southern, 65-63


Women's Basketball Falls Short at Charleston Southern, 65-63

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team lost a close 65-63 battle in the waning seconds at Charleston Southern Saturday, Jan. 10. The Chanticleers had trouble containing Big South leading scorer Pam Tolbert, who scored 22 of her game-high 25 points in the second half, including the game-winning jumper with three seconds left on the clock. Coastal Carolina drops to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the Big South, while the Lady Bucs improved to 5-8 and pick up their first conference win of the season for a 1-2 record in the league.


Coastal Carolina had three players in double figures led by junior Kendra Reynolds (South Bend, Ind./Riley (Olney Central J.C.)), who netted 18 points, while sophomores Kate Jasinski (Toledo, Ohio/Penn (Ind.)) and Sydnei Moss (North Augusta, S.C./N. Augusta) registered 11 points each. Alongside Tolbert’s 25 points, Lady  Buc Kiki Rutledge had 10 points.


After trading two-point advantages in the opening minutes, Coastal Carolina went up 16-13 on a jumper by Moss with 9:25 left on the clock. Behind two three-pointers by Pam Tolbert and Kelsey Wasmer, Charleston Southern strung together 10 of the next 12 points to take a 23-18 lead with 4:13 remaining in the half. Before time expired in the frame, the Lady Bucs stretched the lead to seven points, but a layup by Reynolds allowed Coastal Carolina to go into the break only down by five with the score 29-24.


In the second frame, the Chanticleers erased Charleston Southern’s five-point lead in the first four minutes and went ahead 38-36 on a layup by junior Devin Rivers (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela), who came to life after a scoreless first half and tallied six quick points for the Chants during the spurt. Tolbert hit a triple for a 44-43 lead for the Lady Bucs at the 13-minute mark, but Coastal Carolina answered with the next 10 points building the largest lead of the game at 53-47 with 9:48 showing on the clock.


Tolbert continued to go at the Chanticleer defense adding 10 more points to help her squad to a 56-55 advantage with 5:41 left on the clock. With the momentum swinging the Lady Bucs’ direction at 61-57, junior Amanda Stull (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidated) knocked down a trey leaving the Chants down by one at 61-60 with under a minute to play in the game. Tolbert sank two freebies after the Chants fouled her on the next possession, but Jasinski raced down the court and buried a triple to tie the game at 63-63 with 21 seconds left to play. Charleston Southern put the ball in Tolbert’s hand again and she hit a pullup jumper at the top of the key, which proved to be the game winner as Coastal Carolina ran out of time at the other end of the floor.


After shooting 29.4 percent in the first half, the Chanticleers finished the game shooting 39.7 percent from the floor, while CSU shot 48.1 percent from the field. Coastal Carolina went to the free throw line a season-low nine times, hitting seven foul shots, while Charleston Southern went 8-for-15 at the charity stripe.


Coastal Carolina will be back in action Saturday, Jan. 17 in Rock Hill, S.C., when it faces Winthrop at 5 p.m.