Women's Basketball Wins Second in a Row, Defeats Presbyterian 56-39
CONWAY, S.C. – After a slow start, the Coastal Carolina University women's basketball team took control of the game and powered past Presbyterian 56-39 Monday, Feb. 2 at Kimbel Arena. The Chanticleers are now 4-4 in Big South play and improved to 12-9 on the year, while the Blue Hose dropped to 2-17 overall and 0-8 in the league.
Coastal Carolina was led by 16 points from sophomore Kate Jasinski, who also recorded a career-high seven rebounds. Sophomore Sydnei Moss tallied 15 points and junior Kendra Reynolds also hit double digits, registering 10 points in the win. Presbyterian's leading scorers were Amanda Mills and Katlin Moore and the pair combined for 29 of PC's 39 points, recording 16 and 13 points, respectively.
In the opening frame, the Blue Hose jumped out to an 11-6 advantage at the 16-minute mark, but the Chanticleers settled down and put together the next eight points to take a 14-11 lead with 9:30 remaining on the clock. Coastal Carolina would extend its lead to as much as eight points, but Presbyterian battled back and cut the score to 21-19 with left in the half. Reynolds powered through the Blue Hose defense twice to get four of Coastal Carolina's next six points to end the frame ahead 27-19.
Coastal Carolina opened the second half on an 8-0 run, stretching the lead to 35-19 with just under 17 minutes left in the game. Presbyterian was able to cut the deficit down to eight points on a two free throws by Mills, putting the score at 39-31 at the 13-minute mark. Coastal Carolina would not Presbyterian get any closer ending the game with a 17-8 run clinching its fourth conference victory and eighth win at Kimbel this year.
The Chanticleers were dominant under the basket at both ends of the court, outrebounding the Blue Hose 39-16 behind junior Amanda Stull's game-high 12 rebounds. Coastal Carolina shot 42 percent from the field and Presbyterian was 35 percent from the floor. The Blue Hose took advantage of their six free throws, earning all six points, while the Chants were 10-of-12 from the foul line. Coastal Carolina scored 24 points off of 16 turnovers by the Blue Hose and held a 13-0 edge on second-chance points.
Coastal Carolina will begin the second half of Big South play Saturday, Feb. 7 with a , meeting at High Point. Presbyterian will close out a five game road trip at Winthrop on the same day with tipoff set for