Chanticleers Face Road Test at Radford
Feb. 10, 2012
Coastal Carolina (12-8, 5-6 Big South) at Radford (12-10, 6-5 Big South)
Saturday, February 11, 2012 | Radford, Va. | Dedmon Center (3,205)
CONWAY - After playing its past two games at home, the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team returns to the road for two games, starting Saturday, Feb. 4 at Radford. Tipoff inside the Dedmon Center is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Broadcast: The Coastal Carolina - Radford game will be broadcast live online at GoCCUSports.com with Ryan Borawski on the call.
Live Stats: Available via RUHighlanders.com
Video Stream: Available via BigSouthSports.com
Series: Coastal Trails 17-37
Streak: Win 2
Last 10: 6-4
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina and Radford last met on Jan. 12, in Conway with the Chanticleer prevailing with a thrilling 58-56 victory. Olivia Irick converted a three-point play with 2.4 seconds remaining to lift Coastal to the come-from-behind win.
The Opening Tip
The Chants and the Highlanders
Today's game marks the 55th all-time meeting between Coastal Carolina and Radford on the hardwood. Radford holds a commanding 37-17 lead in the series thanks to a 24-2 record from 1986-1998. However under LeForce, the Chants have won 15 of the last 30 games, including five of the last seven.
A Look At The Radford Highlanders
Radford enters Saturday's game on a season best five game win streak, including four on the road, after dropping seven of eight before starting the streak with a 53-29 home win against Presbyterian.
Radford is led by reigning and four-time Big South Player of the Week honoree Da'Naria Erwin Spencer. Erwin Spencer averages 17.5 points per outing to rank third in the conference and 55th in the NCAA. Ashley Buckhannon also averages double-figures in the scoring column with 14.5 points per game.
Coastal Carolina will play four of its final seven games on the road starting Saturday at Radford.
Four Chanticleers have dished out 30-plus assists this season, including Olivia Irick (48), Shatia Cole (45), Angelica Henry (38) and Kira Carter (31).
Freshman Shatia Cole (12.2 points per game) is on pace to be the first freshman to lead Coastal Carolina in scoring since Cheri McNeil did so during the 1998-99 season.
Saturday's game pits Shatia Cole, Coastal's defending and four-time Big South Freshman of the Week honoree, against Da'Naria Erwin Spencer, Radford's four-time and defending Big South Player of the Week award winner.
Coastal Carolina scored first and was never tied in its wins against Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville. The victories marked the first two times this season Coastal did not trail in a game.
The Chants 16 point win over Gardner-Webb on Feb. 6 marked Coastal's largest margin of victory in a Big South Conference games since last season's team downed Presbyterian 47-34 on Feb. 5, 2011.
Coastal holds a +98 scoring differential (820 points for vs. 722 points against) when Big South Freshman of the Year candidate Shatia Cole is on the floor.
Two Averaging 10-plus
After scoring a combined 54 points over the past four games, Olivia Irick is now averaging 10.2 points per game. Irick now joins Shatia Cole (12.2) in averaging 10-plus points per outing for the Chanticleers this season. Cole is the Big South's 14th leading scorer as Irick ranks 21st.
Epley Shows Her Range
This season senior Taylor Epley has embraced the roll as Coastal's starting center, tallying 83 boards and a team-high high 26 blocks. However, against UNC Asheville (Feb. 6) Epley showed that should can be lethal outside the paint as well. The Newburgh, Ind. native scorched Gardner-Webb for a career-high 15 points on 7-of-10 from the field, including her second career 3-pointer. She also recorded two steals and an assist in her 26 minutes of play to further fill up the stat sheet on her career night.
Cole Earns Fourth Big South Honor
Coastal Carolina University point guard Shatia Cole was tabbed the Big South Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for games played Jan. 24-30, the League announced on Tuesday.
The award is her fourth Big South Freshman of the Week plaudit this season. She joins Brooke Weisbrod (1997-98) as the only two student-athletes in Chanticleer women's basketball history to garner four Big South Freshmen of the Week honors.
Cole, a Myrtle Beach native, averaged 15.5 points per game and shot 45 percent from the field to push Coastal Carolina to a 2-0 record last week. Against Gardner-Webb on Feb. 4, Cole posted 16 points on 46 percent from the floor, three from long range and one from the line, to go along with six rebounds, four steals and two assists. She followed that effort with 15 points, four rebounds, three steals and an assist in the 74-58 win over UNC Asheville on Feb. 6.
Multiple Big South Freshman of the Week Winners
Shatia Cole (4) - Nov. 15, 2011; Dec. 20, 2011; Jan. 24, 2012; Feb. 7, 2012
Brooke Weisbrod (4) - Dec. 15, 1997; Dec. 22, 1997; Jan. 26, 1998; Feb. 2, 1998
Amanda Stull (2) - Nov. 21, 2006; Jan. 22, 2007
Lacey Lyons (2) - Nov. 27, 2006; Jan. 2, 2007
Sydnei Moss (2) - Nov. 13, 2007; March 10, 2008
Coastal Carolina continues its road trip on Monday, Feb. 13 at Liberty. Tipoff from the Lady Flames' Vines Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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