The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (8-13, 4-6 Big South) hit big shots at the end of the game to defeat Radford University (11-12, 5-5 Big South) 50-46 Feb. 19, in Conway, S.C. Coastal went 4-for-4 in the last 48 seconds to hold off the Highlanders.
Coastal opened the game on a 6-0 run in the first three minutes off of three points from junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) and a three from senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch). Radford led 7-6 at 14:30 on a three from Shavon Earp, but a three from junior Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) at 12:51 put the Chants back on top 9-7. Coastal would get as much as a four-point lead at 6:10 (15-11) on a jumper from junior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.). With one minute left, Alisha Jones hit a layup to give Radford a 17-16 lead. Coastal, however, would take an 18-17 lead on a layup from sophomore Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) at 37 seconds left.
The first half was turnover plagued, as Radford had 21 turnovers, while Coastal had 11 miscues. The Lady Chants shot 23.1 percent from the field, with Young leading the way with six points. Earp led Radford with five points.
Coastal had a five-point lead on two occasions in the start of the second half, the latest at 15:40 on a Dill layup. Radford then went on a 7-0 run and took a 27-25 lead on free throws from Corrie Fertitta. The Lady Chants would take a three-point lead at 12:04 on a Tyler jumper, but a 7-2 run from the Highlanders gave them a 36-32 lead at 8:43. The game would be tied eight times in the second half, the latest at 2:41. Coastal then would take the lead for good at 2:23 on a Brown layup. Turner would hit two free throws with 48 seconds left to give CCU a four-point lead. After a jumper from Sarah Stephens, freshman C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) then hit two free throws with 19 seconds left to preserve the 50-46 win.
Coastal has won three of its last four games. Dill led the Lady Chants with 12 points, while Brown and Turner added 11. Turner also had eight rebounds and six steals. Coastal shot 36 percent from the field, but 50 percent from three-point range.
Radford was led by Stephens, who had 12 points and 15 rebounds. Taryn Causey added 11 points.
Coastal will host Liberty Monday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m., as a part of the mens-womens doubleheader.