Jan. 10, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team returns to action Saturday at Campbell for the first of four games in an eight-day stretch. The Chanticleers, owners of an 8-6 overall record and 4-1 Big South Conference mark, and the Fighting Camels are slated for a 1 p.m. tipoff.
Date / Time: Sat., Jan. 11, 2014 / 1 p.m.
Site: Buies Creek, N.C. / Pope Convocation Center - Gore Arena (3,095)
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: GoCamels.com
Live Video: Big South Network
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports and @Chants365
Last Time Out
• Coastal Carolina suffered its first conference setback of the season with a 62-71 defeat by Liberty on Jan. 4.
• The Chanticleers shot just 19.4 percent from the field in the first half as they fell behind by as many as 28.
• Coastal played much better in the second period, outscoring the Flames 39-25 and shooting 46.9 percent from the field.
• Megan Pittman set a career-high with 19 points to lead all scorers. The redshirt freshman displayed her range by knocking down five 3-pointers on the afternoon.
• Angelica Henry scored 13 points to go along with five boards, while AJ Jordan scored 10 points and tallied a team-high nine rebounds.
• Coastal made 12 3-pointers in the game, marking the third time this season the Chants had hit 10-plus treys.
• Senior guard Kayla Cook returned to the floor and played 24 minutes after missing the previous two contests with an injury.
Coastal Carolina vs. Campbell
• Saturday’s meeting marks the 39th in the all-time series between the Coastal Carolina and Campbell. The Fighting Camels own a 21-17 lead in the series, including a 10-7 advantage in games played in Buies Creek.
• Coastal has dropped all three of its contests to Campbell since the Fighting Camels rejoined the Big South prior to the 2011-12 season. Prior to those three defeats, Coastal had won six straight from 2005-2010.
• Coastal Carolina returns home to The HTC Center for a clash with in-state rival Winthrop at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13.
Leading The Conference
• Coastal Carolina is pacing the Big South Conference in points per game with a 74.3 clip in all games and a 76.0 average in conference only games. Conversely, the 2012-13 Chants ranked ninth-best in the league averaging just 57.0 points per game.
• Coastal’s points surge can easily be traced back to the team’s field goal percentage from the floor and from beyond the arc. Coastal ranks second in the Big South in field goals with a 40.9 percentage and tops in 3-point percentage at 36.4. Last season’s team closed the year shooting 37.4 percent overall and 24.4 percent from deep
• The Chants also lead the league overall with 9.93 steals per game and 10.2 in Big South contests.
• Shooting guard AJ Jordan has got her buckets this season -- 107 of them to be exact through the first 14 games of the season. She is averaging 17.6 points per game to rank tops in the Big South.
• Her 107 total made field goals leads the league, while her 49.5 shooting percentage ranks highest amongst the league’s guards.
• Jordan made 121 field goals all of last season as she averaged 9.6 points per outing.
• She has 247 total points this season and is on pace to crack CCU’s single season top-10 points scored list.
Controlling The Boards
• The Chanticleers have won the rebounding battle in 10 of its first 14 games. Coastal is averaging 44.8 boards per game this season, while only allowing its opponents to collect 40.6 per outing.
• CCU’s +4.2 rebounding margin ranks third in the Big South and 87th-best of the 343 institutions in NCAA Division I.
• Coastal collected a season-high 55 rebounds in its win over Brevard and has recorded 50-plus rebounds five times.
• The Chants are 8-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play when winning the rebounding battle.
The Halfway Point
• At the conclusion of Saturday’s game at Campbell, the Chanticleers will 15 games through their 29-game regular season schedule.
• Through 14 games, Coastal owns an 8-6 overall record and a 4-1 mark in Big South play.
• The 4-1 Big South start marks the best in program history.
• Through the 14 contests, the Chants are averaging 74.3 points per outing compared to only 56.7 a season ago. In addition, Coastal averages 44.8 rebounds per game, an improvement of 3.6 over the first 13 games of last season.
Jordan Named Co-Big South Player of the Week
• Coastal Carolina shooting guard AJ Jordan has been named the co-Big South Player of the Week along with Gardner-Webb’s Catrina Green for games played Dec. 24-Jan. 5.
• The weekly honor is the first in Jordan’s career and the second by a Chanticleer this season as Alexx Puckett picked up the award on Dec. 9. In addition to the league honor, Jordan was named the Big South Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
• Jordan turned in the best four-game stretch of her career in leading Coastal to a 3-1 conference record. She averaged 16.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, while also dishing out seven assists and recording five steals. The junior started the stretch with 13 points and six rebounds as Coastal set a school record with a 30-point win at Longwood. She then led the Chanticleers to a come-from-behind victory at Radford with a 23-point, 13-rebound double-double. The Coalfield, Tenn., native followed that performance with 19 points and 15 rebounds, including 13 on the defensive end, in a victory over High Point. She closed the four-games in eight days stretch with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds against Liberty.
• Coastal Carolina has developed into a team that is not to left open beyond the arc as the Chanticleers shoot a Big South best 36.4 percent from 3-point land and average 5.4 3-pointers per game.
• Coastal’s 36.4 clip from beyond the arc ranks 34th-best in the NCAA.
• Four Chants - Angelica Henry (19), Megan Pittman (15), Karsen Sims (14) and Kayla Cook (11) - have made 10-plus treys this season.
• Coastal has thrice connected on 10-plus 3-pointers in a game -- notching 11 vs. Virginia Intermont, 10 at Longwood and 12 vs. Liberty.