Coastal Finishes Home Schedule This Week
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team plays its final two home games of the 2018 season this week when it welcomes Troy and South Alabama to the HTC Center for Thursday and Saturday contests. Saturday's game against the Jaguars will also be senior day, with the ceremony set to take place prior to the 1 p.m. tip-off.
Last Time Out
Coastal played one game last week, defeating Appalachian State 73-68 in overtime at the HTC Center. With the win, the Chants move to 3-0 in regular season games against the Mountaineers since joining the Sun Belt, and are 2-0 in overtime games this season.
Jas Adams tied her career high of 29 points in the win, and the senior scored seven of Coastal's 12 points in the overtime period. DJ Williams notched her fifth double-double of the season, scoring 13 points while recording game-highs of 14 rebounds and eight assists. Breelyn Blanding provided 11 points, giving the Chants a 5-2 record this season when the junior point guard scores nine or more points.
Coastal and App State meet again in Boone, N.C. on March 3 to close out the regular season.
Saturday's game versus South Alabama will be the final home appearance for senior Jas Adams. Coastal's lone senior has had an incredible final season to cap off her career, nearing the top of the Sun Belt in multiple categories while reaching several career milestones.
This season Adams is second in the Sun Belt in scoring, averaging just fewer than 18 ppg. She was the conference's scoring leader for over a month this season, during which time she was awarded Sun Belt Player of the Week honors twice. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native is the league's leader in minutes per game (36.4), and is currently second in 3-pointers made (2.5) and free-throw percentage (81.8).
On Feb. 3, Adams became the 15th Coastal Carolina women's basketball player to score 1,000 career points. She has since brought her career total to 1,052 points, good for 12th place among Coastal's all-time leading scorers. Her next step will be catching Janice Dewitt (1983-84) in 11th place with 1,179 points.
Adams is less than 80 points away from becoming just the ninth Chanticleer to score 500 points in a season. The last to accomplish the feat was AJ Jordan as a senior in 2014-15. Adams has scored over 20 points in each of her last three games, and four of her last six.
Troy brings a six-game winning streak into the HTC Center on Thursday night. Its last loss was against Coastal on Jan. 20, when the Chants scored a season-high 97 points. Thanks to the league's longest active winning streak, the Trojans have moved into fourth place in the Sun Belt standings at 13-10, 8-4.
Like Coastal, Troy's last game resulted in an overtime victory as the Trojans handed first-place Little Rock its first loss in conference play last Saturday. Troy also defeated Arkansas State last week to complete its home sweep of the Arkansas schools.
This past Monday, Kayla Robinson was named the Sun Belt Player of the Week for the third consecutive week, becoming the first player in conference history to accomplish the feat. Robinson is 12th in the league in scoring (13.0 ppg) and fourth in assists (3.8 apg).
The Trojans boast the Sun Belt's top offense, averaging 82.2 ppg. Amber Rivers, who averages over 14 ppg to lead that effort, scored 20 points the last time these teams met. Robinson had 16 points in that game, and five Trojans total scored in double figures.
Scouting South Alabama
South Alabama is directly ahead of Troy in the Sun Belt standings, sitting in third place at 15-8, 8-4. However, the Jaguars are winless this month after losing their last three games, including a sweep by the Arkansas teams last week and a loss to Troy on Feb. 3. USA will be at Appalachian State on Thursday before coming to Conway on Saturday.
Coastal fell at South Alabama, 68-62, on Jan. 18. Chyna Ellis, the Sun Belt's leader in career blocks, had her first career triple-double against the Chants, tallying 12 points, 10 rebounds and career-high 10 blocks.
USA is the conference leader in field goal percentage defense, limiting its opponents to shooting an average of 35.5 percent from the field. Part of that stems from the Jags' league-leading 7.2 blocks per game, including the 3.2 bpg from Ellis.
Ellis is also the team's leader in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.7 rpg). Savannah Jones follows at 12.7 ppg, and led the Jags with 17 points the first time these teams met.
The Chants head to Arkansas to face Little Rock (Feb. 22) and Arkansas State (Feb. 24) for the second time this season. Coastal suffered losses to both teams at the HTC Center to close out the month January.