Feb. 5, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina faces a tough pair of road games this week starting with a trip to rival Liberty Thursday evening before heading to Big South co-leader High Point on Saturday. The Chanticleers and Flames are scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff, while the game against the Panthers is set for 4 p.m. The Chanticleers enter Thursday's game with a 7-6 conference record as the Flames carry an 8-4 league mark into the contest.
Date / Time: Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014 / 7 p.m.
Site: Lynchburg, Va. / Vines Center (8,085)
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: LibertyFlames.com
Live Video: Big South Network / Liberty Flames Sports Network
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports and @Chants365
Last Time Out
Coastal Carolina broke a two-game losing skid with a 64-55 win over Longwood on Feb. 1
Angelica Henry led a trio of Chanticleers in double-figures with 17 points. AJ Jordan scored 16, while Alexx Puckett chipped in 14.
Coastal made a season-high 31 free throws in the game, including 20 in the second half.
Coastal held the Lancers without a field goal for the first 8:31 of the second, while putting together a 15-1 run.
The win was Coastal's first of the season when being outscored in the paint. (Longwood held a 26-16 advantage).
Daeisha Brown led the Lancers with 25 points on 9-of-22 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty
Saturday's meeting marks the 59th in the all-time series between Coastal Carolina and Liberty. The Flames have dominated the series to a 51-7 advantage.
Coastal has lost 41 consecutive games to Liberty, which is the second-longest active losing streak against a single opponent in NCAA Division I women's basketball, dating back to Feb. 19, 1996. (Longest streak is Stanford's 55 straight wins over Washington State)
Liberty handed Coastal its first Big South loss of the season by a 71-62 final back on Jan. 4.
Coastal Carolina continues its road stand at High Point on Saturday. Tipoff from the Panthers' Millis Center is scheduled for 4 p.m.
On The Line vs. Liberty
Coastal can snap its 41-game skid against the Flames.
A win will move Coastal into a tie for fifth in the Big South standings and bolster the Chants' chances of earning a bye in the first round of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championship.
A Coastal win would equal last season's team output of eight conference victories with six games to play.
What You May Not Know About the Series
Coastal and Liberty met in the Big South Championship game in 1998, 1999 and 2002.
Coastal last won at Liberty on Jan. 22, 1996. The win was the third straight for the Chants against the Flames in Lynchburg.
Liberty head coach Carey Green, who is 32-0 against the Chanticleers, is a 1979 graduate of Coastal Carolina.
Back To The Old Dominion State
Coastal Carolina treks back to Virginia for the second time this season for its game at Liberty on Thursday.
The Chanticleers have fond memories of Virginia this season as the squad posted wins against Longwood and Radford during their first trip to the Old Dominion state in late December.
Coastal is currently 3-2 against opponents from Virginia this season. The Chants have defeated Longwood twice, split with Radford and lost to Liberty.
I'll Take Jordan for 20-plus
Junior AJ Jordan is in the midst of a truly breakout season and has established herself as one of the most dangerous scorers in the league. Jordan ranks fourth in the league in scoring with an average of 16.3 per game.
Jordan has broken the 20-point barrier in eight of Coastal's 21 games, including four 23-point efforts.
Jordan has already reset her career high three times this season. Her most recent career night came via a 27-point performance against Radford on Jan. 30.
Into The Record Books
Senior Angelica Henry has quietly placed her name in the Coastal Carolina record book in several career categories, including assists, steals, free throws made and free throws attempted.
Henry ranks seventh in career steals with 175 and ninth in assists (269). She also ranks seventh in free throws made (227) and eighth in free throws attempted (318).
In addition, Henry has a chance to become the 13th member of the Coastal Carolina 1,000 point club. She currently has 877 career points and would need to average 15.4 points over her final eight guaranteed games (seven 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 averages 71.3 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 13.9 points per game. Jordan, a shooting guard, averages 16.3 points per outing.
Jordan has led the Chants in scoring 11 times this season and is tied for the Big South lead with eight 20-plus point performances.
Henry has paced the Chants in the scoring column seven times and is tied for the most points in a game by a Big South player with 32.
The duo have taken turns leading the Chants as each have been Coastal's high scorer four times in the last eight-game stretch.
Also in the fold in the Coastal backcourt is freshman Karsen Sims, who has proven to be a true threat from 3-point range.
Trio of Top-15 Scorers
Coastal Carolina boasts three of the Big South's top-15 individual scorers. AJ Jordan ranks third in the conference at 16.3 points per contest, while Angelica Henry (13.9) and Alexx Puckett (11.2) 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 (17.0 ppg. - 2nd), Erica Williams (15.4 ppg. - 6th) and Shaquilla Nunn (12.8 ppg. - 12th).
In addition to Jordan, Henry and Puckett each ranking in the Big South's top-15 in scoring, the trio also rank in the league's top-11 in field goal percentage. Jordan ranks fifth with a 47.9 shooting percentage followed by Puckett (42.1% - 9th) and Henry (40.7% - 11th).
Getting Points The Hard Way
While AJ Jordan may rank third in the Big South with a scoring average of 16.3, she leads the conference with 152 made shots.
Of Jordan's 152 made field goals, 146 have been of the two point variety. She has made only six 3-pointers this season and has tallied just 48 points at the free-throw line.
Conversely, Kaylah Keys, the league's leading scorer, has made 113 total field goals, including 45 3-pointers. Keys has also totaled a conference-high 90 free throws.