Women's Hoops Set to Host A-State, Little Rock
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team is back in action at the HTC Center this weekend, hosting Arkansas State for a 5 p.m. game on Thursday, and tipping off against Little Rock at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Last Time Out
Coastal split a pair of games on the road at South Alabama and Troy last week. The Chants' 97-92 win over the Trojans on Saturday was their first on the road this season, and marked the highest offensive output all year. The last time Coastal scored 90 or more points on a Division I opponent was in a 90-63 win over Fort Wayne in the 2014-15 season.
Adams had a season-low scoring effort against the Jaguars, and just her second single-digit scoring game of the season, but rebounded with 23 points at Troy. Adams has now scored 20 or more points in six games this season.
Breelyn Blanding was one of five Chants to hit double digits in scoring at Troy, and tied her career high of 21 points.
Coastal's Home Streak
Coastal has won its last seven home games dating back to Dec. 4, marking the longest home winning streak in the HTC Center since the facility opened in 2012.
The Chants have an opportunity this weekend to tie or break the program's longest single-season winning streak of eight games. Both the 2009-10 and 2011-12 teams won eight straight games in Kimbel Arena.
The program's longest overall home winning streak, however, is 10 games. The streak started with the final three home games of the 1998-99 season, and continued through the first seven home games of the 1999-2000 season.
Coastal and A-State are meeting for the third time on Thursday. The teams split last season's series as the home side won in each game. The Chants' 57-55 victory over the Red Wolves on Jan. 7 of last year was the first conference win in program history after joining the Sun Belt.
Coastal and Little Rock will also be playing each other for just the third time on Saturday. The Trojans won both games last year while scoring over 70 points on each occasion.
The Red Wolves are currently sixth in the Sun Belt, one spot behind Coastal, with a 9-9, 4-3 record. They have alternated wins and losses for the majority of the season, winning consecutive games just once while never losing consecutive games. A-State lost its latest outing at Little Rock this past Saturday following a split at home against Texas State and UTA the previous weekend.
Coastal and A-State are similar in terms of offensive production as both sides average 64.7 ppg. Defensively, however, the Chants hold a distinct advantage. A-State is third-worst in the Sun Belt allowing 71.9 ppg, while Coastal is third-best in the conference allowing 59.9 pgg.
Akasha Westbrook leads the team averaging 13.8 ppg, and is the only player to average double figures. Westbrook is also second in rebounding with 5.7 rpg, only slightly trailing the team's top rebounder of Lauren Bradshaw (5.8 rpg). Bradshaw adds 8.7 ppg.
Scouting Little Rock
Little Rock is at the top of the Sun Belt with a perfect 7-0 conference record and a 10-8 overall record. The Trojans' winning streak since beginning conference play followed a four-game losing stretch against Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Kansas State and LSU.
Little Rock's defense leads the Sun Belt and ranks 11th nationally allowing just 54.9 ppg, and the Trojans also lead the conference in allowing its opponents 31.7 rpg.
Ronjanae DeGray leads the team averaging 13.6 ppg. Kyra Collier, Raeyana DeGray and Keanna Keys all chip in over eight points per game. All four Trojans are also averaging over five rebounds per game.