Jan. 20, 2012
Coastal Carolina (10-5, 3-3 Big South) at High Point (10-6, 5-0 Big South)
Saturday, January 21, 2012 | 4 p.m. | High Point, N.C. | Millis Center (1,750)
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina women's basketball takes to the road for three straight games starting at High Point on Saturday, Jan. 21. Tipoff from the Panther's Millis Center is slated for 4 p.m.
Broadcast: The Coastal Carolina - High Point game will be broadcast live online at GoCCUSports.com with Chris Burgin on the call.
Live Stats: Available via HighPointPanthers.com
Video Stream: Available via BigSouthSports.com
Series: Coastal Trails 13-18
Streak: Lost 2
Last 10: 3-7
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina and High Point last met on Feb. 28, 2011, in Conway with the Panthers prevailing with a 62-48 victory. High Point held Coastal to only 18 first half points as it built a 34-18 lead heading into the half. The Chants were unable to overcome the deficit as they struggled to a 29.7 shooting percentage from the field. Sydnei Moss (15 points) and Kira Carter (11 points) accounted for 26 of the Chants 48 output.
The Opening Tip
The Chants and the Panthers
Saturday's game marks the 32nd all-time meeting on the hardwood between Coastal Carolina and High Point with the Panthers holding an 18-13 edge in the series. Coastal claimed eight of the first 10 meetings between 1998 and 2002; however, High Point has won seven of the last 10, including both games last season.
A Look At The High Point Panthers
High Point enters the game atop the Big South standings with a perfect 5-0 conference mark. The Panthers are outscoring conference opponents by an average of 14.8 points per contest, including a pair of 20-plus point wins.
Under the direction of first year head coach Jennifer Hoover, High Point is averaging 68.1 points, 42.6 rebounds, 9.4 steals and 4.4 blocks per game.
Shamia Brown (15.8), Erin Reynolds (14.8) and Cheyenne Parker (13.2) each average double-figure scoring performances per game. Parker ranks tops in the league with 2.88 blocks per game and second with 11.8 boards.
Coastal Carolina (10-5) and High Point (10-6) are the only Big South teams with double-digit wins thus far this season.
With Shanika Maddox in the lineup Coastal is 9-2, without Maddox the Chants are 1-3.
Over the last four games Olivia Irick has raised her points per game from 8.8 to 9.8.
Taylor Epley has 70 rebounds in 15 games this season compared to only 63 in 29 contest last season.
Coastal is 6-1 this season when leading at the half and 8-0 when leading with fives minute to play in regulation.
After missing four games with an injury, Shanika Maddox has returned to the court for the Chanticleers. The sophomore came off the bench in her return against Radford and scored six points to go along with her game-high tying seven boards in 29 minutes of action. Without Maddox in the lineup, the Chanticleers went 1-3 and were outscored by 13.2 and outrebounded by 12.0 per game.
Into the Record Books
Senior guard Olivia Irick knocked down a 3-pointer with 7:47 to play in the second half against Radford igniting a 7-0 Chanticleer run and send herself into the Coastal Carolina record book. The triple was Irick's second of the game, 20th of the season and 93rd of her career, which tied her with Amber Rose (2002-03) for 10th all-time in the Chanticleer annuals. Irick needs 16 more trifectas this season to equal Coutney Brown (2001-04) for ninth all-time with 103 career threes.
10-5 Through 15 Games
With the win over Radford on Jan. 16, which broke a three game losing skid, the Chanticleers are an impressive 10-5 through the first half of their schedule and one of only two Big South schools to amass 10 wins this season. Since LeForce took over the program prior to the 1997-98 season, five of his teams have had 10-plus wins through 15 games and 10 counted winning records.
Coastal Carolina continues its road trip at renewed Big South member Campbell on Monday, Jan. 23. Tipoff from the Fighting Camels' Gore Arena is set for 7 p.m.
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