CONWAY, S.C.-The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (9-10, 3-4 Big South) hit seven three-pointers and forced 27 turnovers in defeating the University of North Carolina at Asheville (14-6, 4-3 Big South) 68-54 Feb. 7, in Conway, S.C.
Coastal blew open a tight first half in the last six minutes, going on a 18-2 run over a seven-minute span. Asheville led by three points, 19-16 after a Meridith Grant free throw with 8:24 left. The Coastal run began on a jumper by senior Nikki Reddick (Hartsville, S.C./Hartsville) at 7:54. Junior Lucia Popovici (Edmonton, Alberta/Jasper Place) then hit a jumper at 7:00, giving the Lady Chants a 23-19 lead. A layup by senior Cyndie Troutman (Hampton, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) and a three-pointer from freshman Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) gave Coastal a 28-19 lead with 5:20 left. Popovici then hit two more jumper in a 34-second span and Troutman hit two free throws, extending the lead to 15. After a Andrea Clapp layup, Dill connected on a layup with four seconds left for a 38-23 halftime lead.
Troutman led the Lady Chants at the break with eight points, while Reddick had seven. Popovici had four rebounds at the break.
Asheville cut the lead to 12 on two occasions, the latest on a Kristal Hood jumper with 15:09 remaining. That would be as close as the Bulldogs would get as the Chants led by as much as 18 points two separate times.
Coastal had three players in double figures, led by Reddicks 16. Reddick was 6-of-13 from the floor and hit three three-pointers. Senior Temecca Barnes (Malone, Fla./Chipola J.C.) went 6-of-7 from the field for 14 points. Troutman had 10 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds and two blocks.
Coastal shot 40.6 percent from the field, but 43.8 from three-point range. The Lady Chants also shot 9-of-12 from the line.
UNCA was led by Tonisha Jackson with 16 points. Clapp also had eight rebounds.
Coastal travels to Lynchburg, Va., to face Liberty University Saturday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m.