CONWAY, S.C.The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (10-6, 1-4 Big South) fell to the Big South leader High Point University (14-4, 5-0 Big South) 69-60 Jan. 28, in Conway, S.C. High Point went on an 18-0 run in the last 6:25 of the first half to overcome a 16-point Coastal lead.
The Lady Chanticleers came out quickly in the first half, leading 10-4 at 16:45 on a jumper from senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.). Junior Alisha Dills (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) three at 12:50 upped the lead to nine (20-11) and CCU led by double-digits at 9:59 on an old-fashion three-point play by junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.). Coastal had the lead to as much as 16 (31-15) on two free throws from senior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.), but the Lady Chants would not score the rest of the half. A three from Leslie Cook cut the lead to nine at 5:03. Katie ODell followed with an three-point play at 4:06 and the lead became two on a Kate Ralls layup at 1:46. ODell tied the game at 31 on a layup at 1:05 and High Point took its first lead at 44 seconds on a layup from Candyce Sellars.
Coastal shot 37.5 percent from the field in the first period and was 4-of-8 from the free-throw line. Senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) had eight first-half points and Dill added six. Sophomore C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) added six assists. For High Point, ODell had 13 points and five rebounds, while Caitlin Thys had eight points.
Dill hit two free throws at 19:51 to tie the game at 33, but High Point would lead throughout after a Thys layup at 19:22. The Panthers shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and took a six-point lead on an ODell layup at 18:12. Coastal cut the advantage to 47-44 at 12:27 on a Dill three, but it would be extended to nine at 8:36 on a three from Cook. At 4:20, a Turner jumper made it 60-54, but that would be as close as the Lady Chants would come.
Dill led Coastal with 18 points, going 4-of-4 from three-point range. Rose added 13 points and three assists, while Turner was the third CCU player in double figures with 11 points and eight rebounds.
High Point was led by ODells 21 points and nine rebounds, while Ralls had 13 points and five assists. Thys added 12 points and eight rebounds as the Panthers won its fifth straight game.
Coastal went 36.2 percent from the floor, but were 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from three-point range. High Point was 47.5 percent from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Coastal steps out-of-conference to face Savannah State University Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. High Point is at Charleston Southern Monday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m.
NOTES: Rose has scored in double figures her last 11 games... Turner now has eight or more rebounds in five games this season... Of Turners eight rebounds, five were offensive... Coastal and High Point each have won nine games in the season series, but the Panthers have won four straight... Coastal used its same starting five for the 16th consecutive game.