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Women's Basketball Suffers 65-56 Setback at Radford

       

Women's Basketball Suffers 65-56 Setback at Radford

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RADFORD, VA – The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team fell 65-56 to the Radford Highlanders Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Dedmon Center. The Chanticleers drop to 10-8 on the year and 2-3 in the Big South, while the Highlanders improve to 5-12 and 4-2 in the league. The Chants were led by sophomore Sydnei Moss (North Augusta, S.C./N. Augusta) who had 16 points in the game and Radford’s Taleia Moton had a game-high 20 points.

The squads started slowly with Radford earning a 9-4 lead five minutes into the first half. Junior Amanda Stull (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidated) picked up two quick fouls and had to be sidelined with 15:46 left in the first half. The Chants offense started to connect midway through the game as they grabbed a 19-18 advantage with freshman Taylor Epley's (Newburgh, Ind./Castle) jumper from the right baseline with 7:21 remaining on the clock. Freshman Olivia Irick (Columbia, S.C./W.J. Keenan) made her first career start for the Chanticleers and used her quickness to attack the basket in the final minute of play in the half hitting the layup while drawing a foul on Radford. Irick sank the free throw to tie the game at 25-25 heading into the break.  

In the opening minutes of the second frame, a layup by junior Kendra Reynolds (South Bend, Ind./Riley (Olney Central J.C.)) gave the Chanticleers a brief 35-33 advantage, but two quick steals by Radford sent them on a 16-2 run that put the Highlanders up 49-37 with seven minutes left in the game. Radford’s high pressure defense forced Coastal Carolina out of its offensive rhythm and handed the Chants a 65-56 loss.

The Chants shot 40.8 percent from the field but were plagued by 23 turnovers, while Radford shot 39.1 percent from the floor and only turned over the ball eight times and outscored Coastal Carolina 20-10 in the paint.  

Coastal Carolina wraps up a four-game road trip in Lynchburg when they face the league leading Lady Flames from Liberty. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.