Women's Basketball Returns Home Thursday
Jan. 29, 2014
CONWAY - After playing four of its past six games on the road, the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of The HTC Center on Thursday. The Chanticleers welcome the Highlanders of Radford to Conway for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Chanticleers, owners of a 6-5 mark in Big South play, defeated Radford 67-66 in the teams' first meeting of the season on Dec. 30.
Date / Time: Thurs., Jan. 25, 2014 / 1 p.m.
Site: Conway, S.C. / The HTC Center (3,212)
Audio Broadcast: Chanticleer Sports Network
Radio: WHSC FOX Sports Radio 1050 AM and 101.9 FM
Online Audio Link: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/coastal.portal#
Talent: Aaron Marks (pxp)
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com
Live Video: Big South Network
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports and @Chants365
Last Time Out
Coastal Carolina fell at Winthrop by a 90-61 final on Jan. 25.
Angelica Henry led the Chanticleers with 18 points. She went 3-of-6 from three and 9-of-11 from the free-throw line.
AJ Jordan finished with 13 points and Alexx Puckett chipped in 10.
Savanah Pippin paced Coastal on the boards with 11.
Winthrop shot 50.0 percent in the first half, including 70.0 percent from three. The Eagles would go on to shoot 46.3 percent for the game, including 58.8 percent from 3-point range.
Winthrop's Erica Williams led all scorers with 24 points, while also corralling 10 rebounds.
The Eagles' Dequesha McClanahan scored 23 points, while Pamela Decheva scored 12 on four made 3-pointers.
Coastal Carolina vs. Radford
Coastal Carolina and Radford have met 58 times in the all-time series dating back to the formation of the Big South in 1986-87 with the Highlanders holding a 39-19 advantage.
Coastal is 6-4 against the Highlanders in the sides' last 10 meetings. The Chants have won the last two meetings by a combined two points.
The Chanticleers overcame a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes and Angelica Henry made both ends of a 1-and-1 to lift Coastal to a 67-66 victory on Dec. 30, 2013.
Coastal Carolina continues its two-game home stand Saturday against Longwood. The Chanticleers and Lancers are scheduled for a 2 p.m. tipoff.
Into The Record Books
Senior Angelica Henry has quietly placed her name in the Coastal Carolina record book in several career categories, including steals, free throws made and free throws attempted.
Henry ranks eighth in career steals with 173 and ninth in both free throws made (218) and free throws attempted (308).
The Indianapolis, Ind., native is also only one assist away from tying Tina Boester (1992-96) for 10th with 263.
In addition, Henry has a chance to become the 13th member of the Coastal Carolina 1,000 point club. She currently has 855 career points and would need to average 14.5 points over her final 10 guaranteed games (nine regular season and one Big South Tournament game) to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
Which Guard To Guard Tonight?
That question has kept many coaches awake at night this season as the Chanticleers feature a veteran multi-guard attack that ranks atop the Big South at 72.1 points per game.
Senior Angelica Henry and junior AJ Jordan lead the backcourt heavy Chanticleer attack. Henry, who has spent much of the season running the point, averages 14.2 points per game. Jordan, a shooting guard, averages 15.8 points per outing.
Jordan has led the Chants in scoring 10 times this season and is tied for the Big South lead with seven 20-plus point performances.
Henry has paced the Chants in the scoring column six times and is tied for the most points in a game by a Big South player with 32.
Also in the fold in the Coastal backcourt is freshman Karsen Sims, who has proven to be a true threat from 3-point range.
Jockeying For Position
As the calendar approaches the month of February, the final sprint toward the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championship is in full force. Coastal is 6-5 in league play and tied for sixth in the league standings.
Though Coastal are currently tied for sixth, the Chants are only two games out of second place with nine games remaining on the schedule.
The top five teams in the final Big South standings receive byes to the quarterfinal round of the Big South Championship.
With a bye a team will need to win just three games to punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
Trio of Top-15 Scorers
Coastal Carolina boasts three of the Big South's top-15 individual scorers. AJ Jordan ranks fifth in the conference at 15.8 points per contest, while Angelica Henry (14.2) and Alexx Puckett (11.5) rank ninth and 15th, respectively.
The Chants and Palmetto state rival Winthrop are the only two teams with a trio of players ranking amongst the Big South's top-15 scorers. The Eagles' top-15 scorers are Dequesha McClanahan (17.6 ppg. - 1st), Erica Williams (15.3 ppg. - 6th) and Shaquilla Nunn (12.8 ppg. - 12th).
Getting Points The Hard Way
While AJ Jordan may rank fifth in the Big South with a scoring average of 15.8, she leads the conference with 137 made shots.
Of Jordan's 137 made field goals, 133 have been of the two point variety. She has made only four 3-pointers this season and has tallied just 37 points at the free-throw line.
Conversely, Dequesha McClanahan, the league's leading scorer, has made 126 total field goals, including 16 3-pointers. McClanahan has also totaled a conference-high 84 free throws.