CONWAY, S.C.The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (10-5, 1-3 Big South) had four players in double figures, led by senior Amber Roses (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) 18 points, as the Lady Chanticleers earned their first Big South win of the season, 70-57, over Birmingham-Southern College (6-10, 1-3 Big South) Jan. 23 in Conway, S.C. The win also snapped a three-game losing streak for CCU.
Coastal shot 48.4 percent in the first half to jump out to a 12-point lead. Coastal took a 10-4 lead at 16:32 on a three from Rose and led by nine (16-7) at 13:48 on a jumper from junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.). Lawanda Young hit a three for the Panthers to cut it to four at 11:31, but Coastal went on a 7-1 run that was capped by a Rose three at 8:44 to take a 23-13 lead. Birmingham-Southern then went on a 7-0 run in 54 seconds that ended on Morgan Talbots three-pointer. Two free throws by Rose and a three from senior Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) made it 28-20 Coastal at 5:19. Coastal got the lead back to double digits on a Tyler layup at 2:06, making it 38-27. Yates layup with 17 seconds gave CCU a 13-point lead, and Ross made 1-of-2 free throws before the half to make it 40-28 going into the lockerroom.
Rose led CCU with 13 points, going 3-of-4 from three-point range. Tyler added nine and Yates had eight. Coastal outrebounded BSC 20-16 in the first half and forced the Panthers into 15 turnovers. Birmingham-Southern was led by Youngs eight points.
A 9-2 Coastal run to open the second half was capped at 17:02 on a Yates layup. Coastal was up by 19 on two separate occasions in the second half, but after a jumper from senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) put Coastal up 60-42 at 7:36, Birmingham-Southern went on a 9-0 run that cut the lead to nine at 3:48. Senior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) hit a jumper to get the lead back to double digits at 3:48 and Coastal hit free throws at the end to earn its first Big South win.
Rose was two points off a career high, going 5-of-9 from the field, 4-of-7 from three-point range. Tyler came off the bench for 13 points. She also had four steals. Yates and junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) had 12 points apiece and had nine and eight rebounds, respectively. Dill also tied a season high with seven assists.
For Birmingham-Southern, Stacey Anthony and Young had 14 points apiece, while Ross added eight rebounds.
Coastal shot 47.2 percent from the field, while the Panthers were 35.6 percent from the floor. The Lady Chanticleers also forced BSC into 26 tunovers. The Panthers did outrebound Coastal 42-37 as six BSC players had four or more rebounds.
Coastal hosts High Point University Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. The game can be heard on THE TEAM 93.9 FM. Birmingham-Southern hosts Liberty the same day at 2 p.m. CST.
NOTES: Coastal had 20 fast-break points and scored 30 points off Panther turnovers... Yates has had nine rebounds in a game four times this season... Coastal had 15 steals on the night, led by Tylers four... Both Dill and Turner passed the 500-point mark tonight for their careers. Both players now have 505 points.