Series: First meeting
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Scouting the Bulldogs (10-9, 3-4 Big South)
Gardner-Webb is new to the Big South Conference this season and has posted a 3-4 record in the league and is 11-9 overall. The Bulldogs lost their first four conference games, but are back on track winning the last three league games. Gardner-Webb is coming off of a mid-week meeting with non-conference opponent Appalachian State, which they won 77-62 Wednesday night, and bring a four-game win streak into today’s contest. Linda Povilonyte leads the team in scoring averaging 12 points per game and is shooting 79.4 percent at the free throw line. Margaret Roundtree is the most efficient shooter for the Bulldogs, averaging 11.9 points a game, while shooting 50.3 percent from the floor. Dominique Hudson runs Gardner-Webb’s offense, dishing out 88 assists on the season. Teonika Webb was named Big South Freshman of the Week Jan. 26, after helping the Bulldogs to a 54-53 win at Winthrop (Jan. 24).
Series Record: First meeting
Today’s contest marks the start of another conference rivalry between Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb as the two squads have never met before. The Bulldogs joined the Big South
Mixing It Up
Head Coach Alan LeForce and his staff has shuffled through nine starting lineups this season due to illness and injury. The Chanticleers have used nine of the 12 players available to mix up the starting five. Coastal
Nothing Was Free
Moss Hits Stride in Conference Play
Sophomore Sydnei Moss is averaging 13.0 points and 5.8 boards per contest in Big South action. Moss led the team in scoring coming off the bench with 18 points and added nine rebounds in the Big South opening win over UNC Asheville (Jan. 3). The North Augusta native then scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds against High Point (Jan. 5), followed by 11 points and six rebounds at Charleston Southern (Jan. 10). Moss recorded her fifth-straight game in double figures scoring 16 points at Radford (Jan. 24).
Grambley Picks Up Offense
After scoring seven points in two Big South games, redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley netted a career-high 14 points against Winthrop (Jan. 17) in her third league game. Grambley came off the bench five minutes into the first half to spark the Chanticleer offense with eight points in the opening frame. Grambley finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field going 5-for-10. Against Liberty (Jan. 26), Grambley scored a team-high 10 points in the first half and was the only Chant to record double figures against the Lady Flames.
Defense Gets it Done
In Coastal Carolina’s 10 wins this season, the Chants have limited their opponents to 45.5 points per game and their strong defense has forced teams to shoot 31.1 percent from the field. When Coastal Carolina is on the losing end, it has surrendered 70.3 points per game to its competition. On the glass, Coastal Carolina holds a 422-383 advantage over opponents when it is victorious, but slips behind 303-220 on boards in its seven losses. They have also generated 210 opponent turnovers, posted 34 blocks and average 10.3 steals per game in 10 victories this season.
Getting to the Line
The Chants are shooting 67.4 percent from the free throw line to sit in second place in the Big South. However, the significant number here is Coastal Carolina has gone to the line 385 times, the most in the conference. The Chanticleers were sent to the foul line 34 times (24-of-34) at
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Sidelined for the Season
Junior Lori Whitaker is expected to redshirt this season, while transfer Lindsey Waters will sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. Redshirt junior Elizabeth Weaver played five games this year, but will miss the rest of the season due to injury.
It’s Block and White
Sophomore Katie White tied a Coastal Carolina program record for most blocks in a single game, tallying seven against UNC Wilmington (Dec. 18). White’s defensive prowess led her to five first half blocks, and she rejected two more shots in the second frame. The 6-3 center has a team-leading 35 blocks this season, and is second in the league averaging 2.2 per game.
30 Minutes and Counting...
In six Big South games, Coastal Carolina has three players averaging more than 30 minutes. Junior Kendra Reynolds averages 34 minutes and classmate Amanda Stull is playing 33.8 minutes, while sophomore Kate Jasinski has earned 32 minutes a game.
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Road Testing the Chants
Coastal Carolina is 3-7 on the road earning its third win with a 51-34 victory at Winthrop (Jan. 17).The Chanticleers have been outscored 64-53.1 and allowed opponents to grab 43.7 rebounds, while collecting only 32.5 boards in the seven losses. The scoring margin road is -10.9, while the rebounding margin sits at -11.2 in 10 road games.
Stull Accepting Charity
Junior Amanda Stull has gone to the free throw line 102 times in 19 games. Stull earned her way to line 18 times at
Even as a junior, Kendra Reynolds is still a rookie for the Chanticleers, but Reynolds is playing as a veteran. Reynolds has picked up three double-doubles and set a personal best of 18 points at
2008-09 Record: 2-15, 0-6 Big South
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Series Record: Coastal
Presbyterian at a Glance: The Blue Hose started the season 2-3, but have not been able to record a win in the past 12 games and continue to search for their first Big South victory of the season. Amanda Mills and Kaitlyn Moore have provided much of the Blue Hose’s offense this year averaging 11.4 and 11 points per game, respectively.