Women's Basketball Back at the HTC Center Hosting Georgia Southern, State
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team is back in action at the HTC Center this week, hosting Georgia Southern on Thursday and Georgia State on Saturday.
Last Time Out
The Chanticleers suffered losses in their first two away games of the season, falling at ULM on Jan. 4 (56-52) and Louisiana on Jan. 6 (59-55).
Coastal trailed by as many as 17 points at ULM before erasing that deficit and taking a brief lead in the fourth quarter. The Warhawks managed to pull away from the Chants in the closing minutes for the victory, however. Kaylin West led the Chants with 13 points in the contest.
The game at Louisiana also saw Coastal trail by double figures in the second half before a late CCU push brought it back to a one-possession game. Once again though, the Chants were unable to complete the comeback and a late Louisiana free throw put the game out of reach. Jas Adams' 19 points led a Coastal team that shot 44 percent from the field that game.
Back at Home
Coastal returns to the HTC Center where it is 8-2 this season, including wins in each of its last five games in the building. The Chants went undefeated at home in the month of December, and won three of their five home games in November. Coastal's two home losses this season were by a combined six points.
Coastal's season average of 63.5 ppg jumps to 70.3 ppg while playing on its own floor, and the Chants also enjoy boosts in shooting percentage and rebounding.
Coastal's One-Two Punch
Jas Adams and DJ Williams continue to be two of the top point producers in the Sun Belt. Adams (18.5 ppg) has been the conference's leading scorer since Dec. 5, while Williams (14.0 ppg) currently ranks ninth.
Adams has scored in double figures in all but one game this season, including each of her last eight. Williams has reached that mark in all but three games.
The two have combined to score over 30 points as a pair in 10 of Coastal's 15 games this year.
Adam's Scoring Pace
Through the first half of the season, Jas Adams is on pace to be Coastal's ninth 500-point season scorer in program history, and first since AJ Jordan scored 507 as a senior in 2014-15.
Adams is nearing 1,000 career points as she passed 900 at Louisiana on Jan. 6, the midpoint of the season. She would be the 15th CCU women's basketball student-athlete to reach the milestone.
Success in the Classroom
As Coastal students begin the spring semester this week, several Chanticleer women's basketball players were recognized for their academic success in the fall.
Eight of the 12 team members finished the 2017 fall semester with at least a 3.0 GPA. Isiuwa Oghagbon made the President's List with a perfect 4.0 GPA, while Mery Visone, Kaylin West and Jamie Williams made Dean's List with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Senior Jas Adams graduated cum laude in December with a degree in Management.
Scouting Georgia Southern
The Eagles (3-12, 0-4) enter Thursday's game having lost their last nine in a row. Georgia Southern, which is 1-5 in away games this season, picked up its last win on Nov. 27 at home versus Thomas University.
The Eagles are led in scoring by Nakol Franks (8.6 ppg), who helped defeat Coastal in the teams' last meeting (2/11/17) by scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter to complete a come-from-behind win at the HTC Center.
Coastal is 1-5 all-time versus Georgia Southern, with the lone victory coming in the 1999-2000 season. The Chants fell in both games to the Eagles last year.
Coastal and Georgia State face off in the Sun Belt Game of the Week on ESPN3. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at the HTC Center.
The Chants are 2-2 all-time against GSU. The schools split last season's series with the away team prevailing in each matchup.