ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team shot a season-high 51.9 percent from the field en route to a 75-70 victory over UNC Asheville Monday, Feb. 9 at the Justice Center. Junior Amanda Stull returned from sitting out the Saturday’s game with flu-like symptoms and scored a career-high 25 points to lift the Chanticleers to 13-10 overall and 5-5 in the Big South, while the Bulldogs fall to 8-15 this season and 5-5 in the league.
The game was even through the first 10 minutes as both teams raced end-to-end in an offensive battle as both teams shot over 60 percent in the first 10 minutes. With the score tied at 22 apiece, the Chanticleers went on an 11-3 run after Stull hit two triples and redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley knocked one in to give the Chants a 33-25 lead with 8:51 left to play in the half. Stull hit her first four shots and went 8-for-9 from the field scoring 19 points, and sophomore Sydnei Moss was 5-for-6 from the floor for 10 points in the first half as the duo led the Chants to shoot 64.5 percent in the opening frame to take a 46-37 lead into the break.
In the second half, Coastal Carolina built a 15-point lead at 58-23 behind another three-pointer from Stull, but the Bulldogs pulled within seven as Kendall Shepard hit a pull up jumper to put the score 61-54 with under seven minutes left in the game. A layup by junior Kendra Reynolds gave the Chanticleers a 65-56 lead at 3:49, and it would also be the last field goal for Coastal Carolina. Asheville figured out the Chants were having a better night from the field than at the free throw line and fouled on every Coastal Carolina possession down the stretch. The Chants entered the contest leading the Big South in free throw shooting but hovered around 50 percent at the charity stripe throughout the game. The Bulldogs sent Coastal Carolina to the line 12 times in the final four minutes, where the Chants started off 1-for-6 but finished the game 6-for-6 from the line to earn the 75-70 victory.
Moss had 16 points while sophomore Jessica Noll added 10 points as eight of the nine players recorded a point in the win. Coastal Carolina finished the game shooting a season-high 51.9 percent, while Asheville shot 43.9 percent from the floor.
Coastal Carolina returns to Kimbel Arena to close out its home schedule with a four-game homestand starting with Charleston Southern Saturday, Feb. 14. It is the Chanticleers’ Think Pink game and is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.