Feb. 13, 2013
Coastal Carolina (11-12, 6-7 Big South)
Presbyterian College (13-10, 8-4 Big South)
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina will look to win five straight Big South games for the first time in program history on Thursday at home against Presbyterian College. The Chanticleers and Blue Hose are slated for a 7 p.m. tipoff inside The HTC Center. The game will be the Chanticleers' Play 4Kay game in support of national breast cancer awareness.
Broadcast: The Coastal Carolina - Presbyterian College game can be heard locally in the Myrtle Beach area on 1050 AM - Fox Sports Radio and 101.9 FM with Aaron Marks on the call.
Online Audio Link: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/coastal.portal#
Live Stats: Available at GoCCUSports.com
Video Stream: Big South Network
Series: Coastal Carolina leads 14-9
Streak: Lost 2
Last 10: 4-6
Last Meeting: Turnovers and poor shooting plagued Coastal Carolina as the squad fell 50-30 at Presbyterian College on Dec. 29. Kayla Cook and Alexx Puckett co-led Coastal with 10 points apiece.
The Chanticleers look to build on their 50-46 win over UNC Asheville last Saturday and win five straight Big South games for the first time in program history.
Through 23 games, three Chanticleers average 10-plus points per game -- Shatia Cole (10.3), Angelica Henry (10.3) and AJ Jordan (10.0).
Coastal has overcome halftime deficits to win each of its last three games.
Coastal's guard combo of Shatia Cole, Angelica Henry and AJ Jordan have accounted for 693 of the Chants' 1,309 points (52.9 percent) this season.
Coastal's six Big South wins already equals last season's conference win total. The Chants have five conference games remaining before the conference tournament.
The Chants and The Blue Hose
Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian College have met 23 previous times on the hardwood with the Chanticleers claiming wins in 14 of those contests. The sides have split each game of the regular season series since the Blue Hose joined the Big South prior to the 2008-09 season. Presbyterian College claimed this season's first meeting, 50-30, on Dec. 29.
A Look At Presbyterian College
Presbyterian College enters Thursday's game tied for third in the Big South rankings with an 8-4 league record. The Blue Hose jumped out to a 5-0 record in Big South play, but have exchanged losses and wins over their last seven games. Presbyterian College most recently fell 38-55 on the road at Gardner-Webb, which entered the game with only three league wins to their credit.
Dria David and Mariah Pietrowski lead the Blue Hose offensively, averaging 10.5 and 10.4 points per contest, respectively.
Presbyterian College is stout on the defensive end of the floor, limiting opponents to a 36.3 shooting percent, while forcing 19.9 turnovers per game.
A Nation of Coaches Serving Others in the Fight Against Cancer.
The 2013 Play 4Kay initiative (formerly known as WBCA Pink Zone) is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2 million to support women's cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the official charity of the initiative.
Coastal will support the Play 4Kay initiative on Thursday against Presbyterian College. The Chants will don pink shooting shirts during pregame warmups. Fans are encouraged to show their support of breast cancer awareness by wearing pink to the game.
For the first time since late in the 2006-07 season, Coastal Carolina has won four consecutive Big South Conference games. Coastal started its winning streak at home against UNC Asheville on Jan. 26. The Chants then knocked off both Longwood (Jan. 31) and Radford (Feb. 2) -- both of whom entered the contest within a game of first place in the league standings -- at The HTC Center. Coastal's most recent triumph came on the road at UNC Asheville on Feb. 9.
A Big Swing
Prior to Coastal's four-game win streak the Chants suffered a five-game losing streak. During the losing streak Coastal was limited to just 53.4 points per game, while surrendering 73.4 (-20.0 ppg differential). Moreover, the Chants were averaging 20.8 turnovers per game and sending opponents to the line 22.6 times per game.
During their win streak, the Chants are scoring 60.2 points per game and surrendering only 55.2 points (+5.0 ppg differential). Coastal has also cut down on the turnovers, committing only 12.3 per outing. In addition, the Chants are getting to the line 22.0 times per game, while opponents are managing just 13.25 trips to the charity stripe.
Cole is Cool In the Clutch
Sophomore Shatia Cole has been clutch in the final minutes as of late. The guard knocked down a jumper near the free-throw line with the score tied at 62 and 1:04 remaining on the clock against Longwood. She then sank a pair at the line in the waining seconds to secure the 66-62 win.
At UNC Asheville Cole again provided a clutch jumper near the free-throw line. With the score tied at 46 Cole scooped a loose ball off the floor, took a single dribble and found nothing but net to put Coastal up 48-46 with 18 seconds to play. She then blocked a game-tying layup attempt on Asheville's ensuing possession and corralled the rebound.
On this Date
Coastal Carolina holds a 3-5 record in games played on Feb. 14 since the 1985-86 season (Coastal Carolina's record book reflects dates back to the 1985-86 season). Coastal downed Radford, 55-54, at home in 2011, its most recent Feb. 14 matchup. The Chants first played on Feb. 14 during the 1988-89 season, falling 74-81 at Baptist (now know as Charleston Southern). Coastal is 3-3 on Feb. 14 during the LeForce era.