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Women's Basketball Opens Big South Play Saturday Against Radford

       

Women's Basketball Opens Big South Play Saturday Against Radford

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Game 12

Coastal Carolina (9-2, 0-0) at Radford (7-6, 0-0)

Date: Saturday, Jan. 14

Time: 3 p.m.

Place: Dedmon Center, Radford, Va.

Series: Radford leads 31-8

TV/Radio: None

Live Stats: www.RUHighlanders.com

Coastal Starts Big South Schedule Saturday vs. Radford

The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team (9-2, 0-0 Big South) opens the Big South portion of its schedule Saturday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m., against Radford University (7-6, 0-0 Big South) in the Dedmon Center. Coastal is off to its best start since 1982-83 and is coming off a 94-44 win over Morris Jan. 12. This also will be Coastal’s first road contest since Dec. 17.

Scouting Radford

The Highlanders are coming off an 82-51 win over Southern Virginia Jan. 12 in Radford. Sarah Stephens had a game high 21 points, while Corrie Fertitta, last year’s Big South Freshman of the Year, had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Johnette Walker added eight rebounds and eight assists. Stephens leads the Highlanders with 13.4 points per game, which is fourth in the Big South, and Fertitta is Radford’s top rebounder at 8.2 a contest.

The Highlanders are coached by Jeri Porter (Liberty ’91), who is in her fourth year in Radford. She has a 43-54 record at the school and a 107-103 career record in seven-plus years.

Series vs. Radford

Radford leads the season series with Coastal 31-8. In the two teams’ last meeting Feb. 19, the Lady Chanticleers defeated the Highlanders 50-46 behind 12 points from Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill). Coastal fell to Radford 55-41 Jan. 17 in Virginia despite 15 points from Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman).

Coastal in Big South Openers

Coastal is 14-6 in Big South Conference openers dating back to the 1986-87 season. Last year, the Lady Chants lost to Liberty 59-50 in the conference lidlifter. Coastal met Radford in the Big South opener in 2002-03, defeating the Highlanders 48-38.

Dill Close to 500-Point Mark

Junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) comes into the Radford game needing only 23 points to reach 500 in her career. Dill has the most career points on the team and had a career high 21 points against Furman Dec. 3.

Rose Earns Career High vs. Morris

Senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) had a career high 20 points in Coastal’s 94-44 win over Morris Jan. 12. Rose was 5-of-10 from three-point range, which is a season high for a Coastal player. She had tied her former career high (15 at Liberty Jan. 15, 2005) at the half against the Hornets.

Chants on Fire From Three vs. Morris

Coastal went 10-of-19 from three-point range Jan. 12 against Morris. Senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) hit five three pointers, while junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) and junior Cheryl Salomone (Aiken, S.C./Aquinas) had two apiece. The 10 three pointers were a season high and is was the first time Coastal shot over 50 percent from three since Feb. 19, 2005 against Radford.

Bench Valuable to CCU

Coastal has scored 30 or more points from its bench in the last four games, including 40 from the reserves in a 94-44 win over Morris. Senior Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) had 15 points and went 7-of-10 from the field in the win over the Hornets.

Yates Almost Has Double-Double vs. Converse

Junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) had 14 points and nine rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals in an 80-50 win over Converse Jan. 7. Yates now has scored in double figures in nine of Coastal’s 11 games this season and leads the team with 12.0 points and 6.4 rebounds a game.

CCU Has Six in Double Figures vs. Converse

Coastal Carolina had six players score in double figures in an 80-50 win over Converse Jan. 7. Juniors Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) and Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) had 14 points each to lead the team. It was the first time the Lady Chants had six players in double figures since a 119-66 win over Southern Virginia Feb. 26, 2003.

Coastal Has A Solid Starting Five

Coastal has had the same starting five for all nine games this season. The quintet of senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman), sophomore C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside), junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.), senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) and junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) are averaging 46.1 points and 21.3 rebounds a contest. Coastal is the only Big South school that has used the same starting five throughout the season.

Nunn Provides Valuable Minutes for Lady Chants

Freshman Kairsten Nunn (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) scored a career high 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added four steals in the 92-44 win over Coker Jan. 3.

Coastal in a Giving Mood

The Lady Chants set a season high with 24 assists in the 94-44 win over Morris Jan. 12. This happened just one game after the Lady Chants had 23 assists in a win over Converse Jan. 7.

Turner Named Big South Co-Player of the Week

Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Co-Player of the Week for the week ending Jan.1, the conference office announced. Turner shares the honor with High Point University’s Katie Ralls. She averaged 14.5 points per game over the Christmas break, leading the Lady Chanticleers to a 2-0 record. Turner earns Coastal’s first Player of the Week honor since Nikki Reddick was named Player of the Week Dec. 1, 2003.

CCU Making Good on Half Against the Tigers

Coastal shot 50 percent from the field in the win over Savannah State Jan. 2. Coastal went 31-of-62 from the floor, which included a 5-of-6 performance from senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.). Coastal then went 50.6 percent from the floor in the 92-44 win over Coker Jan. 3.

CCU Bench Solid in Greensboro Win

The Lady Chants bench scored 19 points and helped in a 16-0 run to end the first half in a 68-54 win over UNC Greensboro Dec. 31. CCU has four players with two fouls in the first half, but the Chants held the Spartans scoreless for the last 6:01. Senior Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) and sophomore Joanna Pekonen (Lappeenranta, Finland/Lafayette) both had five first-half points, while senior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) hit a three at the first-half buzzer that gave CCU the 16-point lead.

Coastal Off to Best Start Since 1982-83 Season

The Lady Chants’ 9-2 start is the best by a Coastal team since the 1982-83 season. That team started 9-2 and ended the season with a 21-9 record. Coastal beat the start of the 1999-2000 team when it defeated Coker Jan. 3.

Coastal Goes Unbeaten vs. SoCon

Coastal ends its contests against the Southern Conference with a 3-0 record after the 68-54 win over UNC Greensboro Dec. 31. Coastal also had wins over Furman (71-67) Dec. 3 and College of Charleston (58-51) Dec. 20. In the last three seasons, Coastal is 6-3 against Southern Conference opponents.

Scoring Runs Help Coastal Defeat CofC

A 12-4 run in the last 5:37 of the first half and a 13-2 run to open the second half helped Coastal defeat the College of Charleston 58-51 Dec. 20. The combined 25-6 run was fueled by eight points from senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) and seven from junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.).

Early Trends

A halftime lead has been crucial for Coastal. The Lady Chants are 9-0 with a halftime lead, 0-2 when trailing at the break... Coastal also is 8-0 when outrebounding its opponent, like they did in a 94-44 win over Morris. CCU outrebounded the All-Stars 40-37 in the win... Coastal has held its opponents to under 70 points in all nine of its win.

Laug Makes Return for CCU

Junior Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) made her season debut in a 98-41 loss to North Carolina Dec. 17. Laug has missed Coastal’s first four games due to a knee injury and gives Coastal 12 players who will be available for game action. She grabbed three rebounds against the Tar Heels.

Coastal Has Rebounding Edge vs. Furman

For a team that doesn’t start a player over 6’0", Coastal sure gets its share of rebounds. The Lady Chants outrebounded Furman 36-31 Dec. 3 in a 71-67 victory and Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) and Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) had nine and eight rebounds, respectively. Coastal also ended the game with 23 offensive caroms.

Chants Come Through in the Clutch

The Lady Chants hit 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in the last five minutes of its 71-67 win over Furman Dec. 3. Junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line, while Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) and Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) each hit two key free throws. Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) went 1-for-2 with 11 seconds left, but her one make put Coastal up by five (69-64). Coastal is now 15-of-16 from the line in the last five minutes with a 10 point or less scoring margin.

Rose Earns Career Highs vs. UNCW

Senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) set one career high and tied another against UNC Wilmington Nov. 29. The guard had a career high seven rebounds in the 75-51 loss. Her former career high was six at Elon Feb. 9, 2003 and vs. Appalachian State Dec. 2, 2004. She also tied a career high with four steals and added four assists.

Yates Collects Double-Double in Second Career Game at CCU

Junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) had team highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds in Coastal’s 88-45 win over Southern Virginia Nov. 25. Of Yates’ 11 rebounds, 10 of those came on the offensive end. Yates opened her career with 10 second-half points in a 57-42 win over Campbell.

Coastal Improves in Season Openers with Win over Campbell

Coastal Carolina improved to 7-2 in season openers under head coach Alan LeForce with its 57-42 win over Campbell Nov. 22. In its first season opener on the road since 1997-98, Coastal went 13-of-17 from the free-throw line and forced the Lady Camels into 28 turnovers as the Lady Chants led by as many as 16 points in the win. Coastal also has won seven of its last eight games against Campbell.

Tyler Finds Form in Southern Virginia Win

Senior Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) went 7-of-11 from the field for 15 points in Coastal’s 88-45 win over Southern Virginia Nov. 25. The senior also was 1-of-3 from three-point range, had six rebounds and dished out three assists.

De-Fense, De-Fense

Coastal held Campbell to 42 points Nov. 22 in its 15-point win. That mark was just two off the lowest point output Campbell has had at home. The Lady Chants held the Camels to 37 percent from the field and just 46 shot attempts. Coastal outrebounded Campbell 40-32, led by senior Demaria Young’s (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) nine.

Young Chairwoman of the Boards

Senior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.), playing in the post for most of the game despite being 5-8, was one off her career high as she had nine rebounds in the 57-42 win over Campbell Nov. 22. Young had eight first-half rebounds, three offensive, and added four points in the win.

New Face on the Bench

Coastal has a new coach for the 2005-06 season and she is no stranger to the Myrtle Beach area. Shameka Montgomery (UNC Wilmington ’03) was the conference Player of the Year in 1999 at North Myrtle Beach High School and was a nominee for Miss South Carolina Basketball. Montgomery went to UNC Wilmington, where she scored 1,139 points and grabbed 724 rebounds in her four-year career. She came to Coastal after playing overseas in Sweden in 2004-05.

Chanticleers Picked Sixth in the Big South

The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Big South Conference annual preseason poll, announced at the League’s annual Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon in Charlotte, N.C.

Coastal earned 72 points, including one first-place vote, to earn the sixth spot. Liberty was picked to win its ninth straight regular-season title, earning 189 points and 14 first-place votes. High Point was not far behind with 181 points and nine first-place votes. UNC Asheville was picked third with 163 votes and two first-place votes. Radford was picked fourth with 112 points, followed by Birmingham-Southern (95 points), Coastal, Charleston Southern (69 points) and Winthrop (55 points).

Turner Named to the Big South Preseason All-Conference Team

Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) was selected to the League’s Preseason All-Conference Team, it was announced at the League’s annual Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon in Charlotte, N.C.

Turner, a 6-0 forward, averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in 26 games last season. She was a Second Team All-Big South selection in 2004-05 and was fourth in the conference in scoring and sixth in the League in rebounding. Turner had three double-doubles, including a 22-point, 15-rebound performance against Birmingham-Southern March 2. The forward also led the team with 32 blocked shots and had 55 steals, which was second on the team.

Turner was joined on the All-Big South Preseason Team by Preseason Player of the Year Katie O’Dell of High Point, Kristal Hood of UNC Asheville, Stacey Anthony of Birmingham-Southern, Allyson Fasnacht of Liberty and Corrie Fertitta of Radford.

Head Coach Alan LeForce

Coastal head coach Alan LeForce (Cumberland (Ky.) ’57) is in ninth season as the Lady Chanticleers’ mentor. He has a 116-119 record at CCU and a 356-299 overall record in 23 seasons as a head coach. LeForce is the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in CCU history and is the only coach to win 100 games in both Division I men’s and women’s basketball.

Big South Stats

Coastal leads the Big South in scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, steals and turnover margin. Senior Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) is tied for third in field-goal percentage (.500). Coastal also is second in field goal percentage behind UNC Asheville.

Radio Broadcasts

The Coastal Carolina women’s baskeball team will have at least 12 games on radio this season, tipping off with Nov. 22 game against Campbell. All Coastal women’s basketball radio broadcasts are on "THE TEAM" 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach. All games also will be available on Coastal Carolina’s athletic website at www.GoCCUSports.com.

CCU Signs Five Student-Athletes to National Letters-of-Intent

The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball program has signed five student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent, head coach Alan LeForce announced Nov. 9.

"Without question, this is the best recruiting class we have assembled in the history of our program," LeForce said. "I know this will put some pressure on them to perform, but as a whole, it has to rank as one of the best classes in the history of the Big South."

The following is a list of the student-athletes coming to Coastal Carolina in 2006-07.

Name Pos. Ht. Hometown

Lauren Grochowski F 5-11 Naperville, Ill.

Lacey Lyons F 5-11 Beverly Hills, Fla.

Devin Rivers C 6-1 Miami, Fla.

Amanda Stull G 5-9 Rushville, Ind.

Lori Whitaker G 5-9 Bloomington, Ind.

Game Day Central

All the Coastal women’s basketball games this season will have a Game Day Central link on www.GoCCUSports.com, which will feature roster, schedules and stats for both teams as well as links to any live audio or live stats. Just click on the G under the women’s basketball schedule for access to the Game Day Central.

Up Next

Coastal travels to Lynchburg, Va., to face Liberty University Monday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.