Women's Basketball Hosts Appalachian State Saturday
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team plays its lone game this week on Saturday when it welcomes Appalachian State to the HTC Center for a 1 p.m. tip-off.
Last Time Out
Coastal suffered a pair of losses in its games in Texas last week, falling at Texas State on Thursday before being narrowly defeated at UTA.
Texas State made 12 three-pointers and led by as many as 24 points in the first half, but Coastal rallied to make it a two-possession game in the final quarter. Trailing by six points with as many minutes remaining, the Chants were unable to complete the comeback and fell by single digits for the sixth time in eight games away from home.
That jumped to seven times in nine games as Coastal was edged by two points at UTA. Once again the Chants trailed by double digits in the first half before fighting to trail by a single point in the final minute. The Mavs made a free throw with 30 seconds remaining, and the Chants were unable to convert their game-tying attempt.
Adams Reaches 1,000
Jas Adams became the 15th student-athlete in Coastal Carolina women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points last week.
The senior guard scored 23 points at Texas State, bringing her career total to 999. It didn't take long for her to reach the milestone at UTA as Adams opened Coastal's scoring in the game with a pair of makes at the free-throw line. Adams scored a game-high 24 points against the Mavs, bringing her career total to 1,023 to move into 14th among Coastal's all-time leading scorers.
Adams is also within reach of passing Mary Perry (1,029 pts) in 13th place and Ced Gibson (1,041) in 12th place.
Williams Ties Her Career High
DJ Williams led all players with 29 points at Texas State on Feb. 1 to tie her career scoring high. She previously reached that mark on Jan. 18 at South Alabama. Williams has scored 20 or more points in six games this season, including three times in her last seven outings.
The recent surge has propelled the sophomore guard to fifth among the Sun Belt's scoring leaders, averaging 15.2 ppg.
Hamilton Collects Consecutive Double-Doubles
The Chants' Texas swing saw Naheria Hamilton collect a pair of double-doubles, bringing her team-leading total to six this season. The sophomore center had 11 points and 10 rebounds at Texas State, and followed with 16 points and 16 rebounds at UTA, setting a career high in the latter category. Hamilton also had five blocks against the Mavs, tying her personal best. She previously had five stuffs in Coastal's first meeting with UTA on Dec. 29 this season, and against UNC Wilmington on Nov. 18.
Hamilton now has three double-doubles in her last four games, as she also posted 16 points and 13 rebounds against Arkansas State on Jan. 25.
Scouting App State
The eighth-place Chanticleers (5-7) sit one spot ahead of the Mountaineers (4-8) in the Sun Belt standings. The teams occupied those same positions last season as they entered the 2017 Sun Belt Championship in New Orleans, La. After Saturday's game, both sides play four more contests before Coastal and App close the regular season against each other in Boone, N.C.
App also suffered losses at UTA and Texas State last week, and is 1-5 in its last six games. The Mountaineers are 3-10 on the road this season, with their last away win coming at ULM on Jan. 6.
Tierra Wilson leads App scoring 11.5 ppg, and is the only Mountaineer averaging double figures. LaPresha Stanley follows at 9.4 ppg, while Bayley Plummer provides 8.8 ppg and a team-leading 11.7 rpg, which also ranks first in the Sun Belt.
Coastal plays its final home games of the season next week when it welcomes Troy and South Alabama to the HTC Center for Thursday and Saturday games, respectively. The Chants faced both of those teams on the road in January, falling at South Alabama and defeating Troy. The victory over the Trojans saw the Chants score 97 points, their highest offensive output of the season.