CONWAY, SC Coastal Carolina's women's basketball team overcame a rough start to knock off High Point, 74-65, in Kimbel Arena Saturday night, ending a five game losing streak. The Lady Chants improved to 7-13 overall and 3-5 in the Big South, while the Panthers dropped to 9-12 and 4-5.
High Point came out smoking, hitting 8-of-9 shots to start the game, including four 3-pointers as they opened a 23-13 lead in the first seven minutes of play. CCU's Whitney Shearer buried back-to-back 3-pointers to cap a 10-2 run, cutting the lead to 25-23, but the Panthers rebounded to take a 40-30 lead into the break.
Coastal, who had been struggling on both ends of the floor during the streak, finally got things turned around, emerging from the locker room like a new team, outshooting the Panthers 63 percent to 24 percent in the second half. Nikki Reddick, the Big South's leading scorer, who only had two points in the first half, hit a quick jumper to set the tone, as the Lady Chants scored the first 10 points of the second half, part of a 16-2 run.
After four quick lead changes, Reddick's 3-pointer put Coastal back on top 62-60 with four minutes to play, and CCU hit its free throws down the stretch, scoring 18 of the games final 23 points to ice it. Free throw shooting decided the game as CCU hit 21-of-31 from the stripe, while High Point only went to the line eight times, hitting six.
Reddick ended the game with 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the surge, while Courtney Brown added 24 points and Whitney Shearer 13. Narelle Henry hit six 3-pointers to pace the Panthers with 20 points, while Mary Brewer scored 13, and Misty Brockman and Stephanie Scott added 11 each in the loss.
Both teams return to action Monday night at 7:00 p.m., as Coastal hosts Elon, and the Panthers play at Charleston Southern.