Women's Basketball Gets 63-62 Victory Over Charleston Southern
CONWAY, S.C. -- With the Coastal Carolina University women's basketball team down 62-61 and two seconds remaining in the game, junior Amanda Stull was sent to the foul line and hit both freebies to lift the Chanticleers past Charleston Southern 63-62 Saturday, Feb. 14 at Kimbel Arena. The win moves the Chanticleers to 14-10 on the season and 6-5 in the Big South, while the Lady Bucs fell to 9-15 overall and 3-8 in the league.
Sophomore Sydnei Moss scored a team-high 19 points and classmate Kate Jasinski added 13 points in the win. Freshman Olivia Irick was 4-of-7 from the field and was the third Chant to hit double figures recording 10 points against the Lady Bucs. The Chanticleers held Big South leading scorer Pam Tolbert to 10 points, but teammates Katie Tull and Ali Schwagmeyer tallied 23 and 13 points, respectively.
The teams swapped buckets to open the game before Jasinski hit a three-pointer to give the Chants a 17-13 lead at the nine-minute mark. Charleston Southern responded with a 13-0 run behind eight points by Tull and took the largest lead of the game at 26-17 with just over five minutes left in the half. Coastal Carolina bounced back quickly and Jasinski would drive to the basket and score at the buzzer to even the game at 30-30 entering the break.
Charleston Southern opened the second frame with a quick two and built a small six-point lead, but the Chants kept it close and would go ahead 50-47 on a layup by Jasinski with remaining on the clock. The lead swung back in favor of Charleston Southern as Tolbert knocked down five points to give her squad a 60-54 advantage with left to play in the game. Moss cut the deficit to two points with jumper, but CSU's Kiki Rutledge matched it to keep the Lady Bucs ahead 62-58 with on the clock.
The Chanticleers came back down the court and Stull kicked it out to Irick, who was all alone on the left baseline and drained a triple to pull the Chants within one at 62-61 with 55 seconds left to play. The Lady Bucs had a chance to extend their lead at the free-throw line but a missed freebie by Tull landed in the hands of junior Kendra Reynolds and the Chants called a timeout. Out of the quick break, Stull collected the rebound of a Moss miss and drew the foul with two seconds left on the clock. Stull, an 80.7 percent free-throw shooter, stepped to the line and made both shots to give the Chants a 63-62 advantage and time would expire on CSU's final halfcourt attempt.
Coastal Carolina shot 34.9 percent from the floor, while Charleston Southern was 40.0 from the field. The Chanticleers were 17-for-25 at the free throw line and CSU managed to convert only eight of its 20 attempts at the line.
The Chanticleers will take the week to prepare for a meeting with Liberty Saturday, Feb. 21 at Kimbel Arena at 2 p.m. Charleston Southern will be in action on the same day when they take on Radford at 5:30 p.m.