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Coastal Carolina begins the second half of conference play today against High Point. The two squads faced each other early in January, where the Panthers edged the Chanticleers 67-66 at Kimbel Arena. The Chants are looking to extend their winning streak to three after playing to a 2-0 record last weekend defeating Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian. High Point’s two conference losses came at the hands of Liberty and Winthrop and the Panthers sit in second place in the league behind the Lady Flames.
Scouting the Panthers (10-11, 6-2 Big South)
The Panthers have played to a 10-11 overall record and are 6-2 in the Big South. High Point fell to conference leader Liberty 65-42 its last time out and had its worst shooting performance of the season hitting 25% (15-for-60) from the field. Jurica Hargraves is leading the team and is third in the Big South, averaging 13.4 points per game. The Panthers also feature the top blocker in the conference in Mackenzie Maier, who is averaging 2.5 rejections a game and ranks 21st in the country in the category. Shamia Brown is also a threat for the Panthers averaging 11.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest. Brown has been named New Balance Freshman of the Week four times this season.
Series vs. High Point
Series Record: High Point leads 14-12
High Point took the first meeting between these two squads in a 67-66 decision at Kimbel Arena Jan. 5. Two of the top 30 shot blockers will be featured in today’s game in Katie White and High Point’s Mackenzie Maier. Junior Kendra Reynolds scored 17 points and added 13 rebounds, for her third career double-double.
FindingRange From Three-PointLand
Coastal Carolina exploded from behind the arc against Gardner-Webb (Jan. 31), but its been brewing for awhile. The Chants have gotten great individual performances from triple territory in spurts this season, but it all came together against the Bulldogs, where the Chanticleers went 10-for-16 form three-point range. Sophomore Kate Jasinski was a perfect 4-of-4, while sophomore Jessica Noll and redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley each went 2-for-3 from long distance. In the past three games, the Chanticleers are shooting 44.7 percent (17-of-38) from behind the arc.
Stull Receives Academic All-District Honors
Junior Amanda Stull was named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III University First Team Thursday, Feb. 5, as announced by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). With this honor, Stull is now eligible for the national ballot for Academic All-America honors. As a biology major, Stull carries a 3.94 grade-point average and is the only player to start all 21 games for the Chanticleers this season. She is averaging 10.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Stull has four double-doubles on the year and has scored in double figures 11 times, including a career-high 20 points at Butler (Dec. 6).
Moss Hits Stride in Conference Play
Sophomore Sydnei Moss is averaging 12.6 points and 5.9 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 has hit double figures in the scoring column in six of the seven league games played.
Sophomore Duo Lights Up
In Coastal Carolina’s two wins last week over Gardner-Webb (Jan. 31) and Presbyterian (Feb. 2), sophomores Kate Jasinski and Sydnei Moss played well averaging 15.0 and 12.5 points, respectively. Jasinski shot 47.4 percent from the field draining eight three-pointers for the Chants. Moss averaged 6.5 rebounds and shot 83.3 percent from the foul line.
Defense Gets it Done
In Coastal Carolina’s 12 wins this season, the Chants have limited their opponents to 45.7 points per game and their strong defense has forced teams to shoot 31.8 percent from the field. When Coastal Carolina is on the losing end, it has surrendered 69.1 points per game to its competition. On the glass, Coastal Carolina holds a 463-419 advantage over opponents when it is victorious, but slips behind 373-282 on boards in its nine losses. They have also generated 238 opponent turnovers, posted 43 blocks and average 10.3 steals per game in 12 victories this season.
Getting to the Line
The Chants are shooting 67.6 percent from the free throw line to sit in first place in the Big South. Another significant number here is Coastal Carolina has gone to the line 408 times, the most in the conference. The Chanticleers were sent to the foul line 34 times (24-of-34) at Alabama State (Dec. 29) and went 25-for-29 at Wofford (Nov. 19). UNC Asheville is second in free throw attempts going 214-368, to shoot 58.2 percent, which ranks them ninth in the Big South.
First Impressions Count!
Coastal Carolina is 11-2 when leading at the half. The Chanticleers are averaging 30.2 points in the first half and limiting opponents to 20.2 points in the opening frame in the 13 games. The Chanticleers have edged out opponents by one point in the first half twice, but gave up the lead on both occasions (at College of Charleston 32-31, vs. High Point 37-36). On the season, Coastal Carolina is averaging 27.4 points in the first 20 minutes, while shooting 35.4 percent from the floor.
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 39 blocks this season, and is second in the league and No. 30 in the country, averaging 2.2 per game.
30 Minutes and Counting...
In eight Big South Conference games, Coastal Carolina has three players averaging more than 30 minutes. Junior Kendra Reynolds averages 33.2 minutes and classmate Amanda Stull is playing 33.6 minutes, while sophomore Kate Jasinski has earned 31.3 minutes a game.
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 64.0-53.1 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 108 times in 20 games and been perfect at the line in seven games. Stull earned her way to line 18 times at AlabamaState (Dec. 29), where she converted 13 freebies. On the season, she is second in the Big South shooting 80.6 percent from the charity stripe. The Rushville native has gone 87-for-108, which includes two 8-for-8 performances against Wofford (Nov. 19) and Southern Virginia (Nov. 30), and a 7-for-7 outing against UNC Asheville (Jan. 3).
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 Charleston Southern (Jan. 10). Freshmen Olivia Irick and Taylor Epley have earned playing time as well. Irick got her first career start at Radford (Jan. 24) and is averaging 3.9 points a game and has knocked down 11 three-pointers, while Epley is adding 1.7 rebounds per contest.
Coastal Carolina’s 2008-09 roster lists no seniors. This is the first time in Head Coach Alan LeForce’s 12 years he will be missing that senior leadership. However, the 2008-09 squad is rich in talent and experience. LeForce believes this is one of the most talented groups he and his staff have ever assembled at Coastal Carolina.
2008-09 Record: 7-14, 4-4 Big South
Date: Monday, Feb. 9, 2009
At: JusticeCenter - High Point, N.C.
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 26-22
UNC Asheville at a Glance: The Bulldogs dropped a pair of close games at High Point and then at home to Winthrop. The Bulldogs shot 31 percent from the floor, 15 percent from three-point range, and 52 percent from the free throw line in the two games. Ana Baker had 12 points, six assists, and five steals at High Point and then dropped in 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and five steals against Winthrop. For the week, she was 15-for-32 from the floor averaged 15 points, six rebounds, five assists, and five steals per game.