Feb. 19, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina women’s basketball opens its final home stand of the season Thursday evening against Charleston Southern at 7 p.m. The Chanticleers enter the contest sixth in the Big South standings with a 7-9 record in league play, while the Buccaneers sit 10th with a 4-13 conference mark. Coastal used a dominating second-half performance to win the teams’ first meeting of the season, 77-63, in Charleston on Jan. 18.
Date / Time: Thurs., Feb. 20, 2014 / 7 p.m.
Site: Conway, S.C. / The HTC Center (3,212)
Audio Broadcast: Chanticleer Sports Network
Radio: WHSC FOX Sports Radio 1050 AM and 101.9 FM
Online Audio Link: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/coastal.portal#
Talent: Aaron Marks (pxp)
Live Stats: GoCCuSports.com
Live Video: Big South Network
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports and @Chants365
Last Time Out
• Coastal Carolina fell 82-81 to Campbell on Thursday, Feb. 13.
• Angelica Henry drained a 3-pointer as the time expired and appeared to send Coastal to a thrilling victory; however, after official review, it was ruled that the ball left Henry’s hand too late.
• AJ Jordan led the Chanticleers with 29 points, while Henry added 19, including six of Coastal’s final eight points. Karsen Sims added 12 markers for the Chants and Alexx Puckett chipped in 10.
• In addition to Henry’s scoring performance, the senior also tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 10 assists. She now has 292 helpers in her career, moving her into sixth on the CCU all-time list.
• Coastal finished the contest 31-of-64 (48.4%) from the field, including 7-of-16 (43.8%) from three.
• Campbell was led by Roslyn Presley’s 29 points on 12-of-23 from the floor.
Coastal Carolina vs. Charleston Southern
• Coastal Carolina renews its oldest rivalry Thursday as the Chanticleers and Buccaneers square off for the 83rd time on the hardwood. Coastal holds a 48-34 lead in the all-time series.
• Coastal defeated the Buccaneers in each of last season’s meetings, including a 77-72 overtime victory on Feb. 21 inside the Buc Dome.
• The Chanticleers put together one their best halves of the season to overcome a six-point halftime deficit and outscore Charleston Southern by 20 en route to a 77-63 win at the Buc Dome on Jan. 18.
• Coastal Carolina will close out its regular season home slate of games on Saturday hosting league foe Presbyterian College. Following the game, the Chanticleers will recognize seniors Kayla Cook, Katelyn Connor, Angelica Henry and Alexx Puckett for their accomplishments and contributions to the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball program.
On The Line vs. Charleston Southern
• Coastal is seeking fourth straight win over its Lowcountry rival. The Chants have not defeated Charleston Southern in four straight meetings since winning six straight from 2005-08.
• A Coastal win would keep the Chanticleers’ chances of an over .500 regular season record alive.
• A Coastal victory would equal last season’s team output of eight conference victories with three games to play.
What You May Not Know About the Series
• Charleston Southern is Coastal Carolina’s oldest and most played opponent (82 times entering Thursday). The Lowcountry rivalry dates back to the 1974-75 season when the sides first met in Coastal’s fifth-ever game.
• Coastal is a 2-1 in the Big South tournament against the Buccaneers, claiming victories in the 2000 and 2003 tournaments.
• Charleston Southern is 0-2 in its two games played inside The HTC Center. Coastal defeated CSU 64-56 on Jan. 5, 2013 and the Buccaneers fell 70-63 to Longwood in the first round of the 2013 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championship.
Shooting The Cover Off
• While AJ Jordan may rank third in the Big South with a scoring average of 16.6, she leads the conference with 175 made field goals.
• In addition to her 175 field goals, Jordan has tallied 55 points at the free-throw line.
• Conversely, Kaylah Keys, the league’s leading scorer, has made 137 total field goals, including 55 3-pointers. Keys has also totaled a league-high 108 free throws.
• Jordan’s 175 made shots on 366 attempts (165 2-pointers / 10 3-pointers) trails only Presbyterian College’s Jordan Dowing’s 190 total field goals on 439 attempts (122 2-pointers / 68 3-pointers) and High Point’s John Brown, the league’s most ecstatic dunker, 180 total field goals on 331 attempts (180 2-pointers / 0 3-pointers) for the most by a Big South student-athlete -- male or female -- this season. NOTE: Downing has played 27 games, while Jordan and Brown have each played 25.
Into The Record Books
• Senior Angelica Henry has placed her name in the Coastal Carolina record book in several career categories, including assists, steals, free throws made and free throws attempted.
• Henry ranks sixth in career steals with 292 and seventh in steals with 182. She also ranks seventh in free throws made (234) and eighth in free throws attempted (328).
• Henry, who averages 4.8 assists per game, needs just nine helpers to pass CCU great Nikki Reddick for fifth in the all-time assists category.
• In addition, Henry has a chance to become the 13th member of the Coastal Carolina 1,000 point club. She currently has 925 career points and would need to average 15.0 points over her final five guaranteed games (four regular season and one Big South Tournament game) to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Henry currently averages 14.8 points per game against conference competition this season.
Hitting 20 Consistently
• Junior AJ Jordan is in the midst of a truly breakout season and has established herself as one of the most dangerous scorers in the league. Jordan ranks third in the league in scoring with an average of 16.6 per game.
• Jordan leads the Big South with 10 20-plus point efforts in Coastal’s 25 games.
• The shooting guard has scored 20-24 points seven times and 25-29 points thrice.
• Jordan has already reset her career high three times this season. Her most recent career night came via a 27-point performance against High Point on Feb. 8.
• Jordan has broken the 20-point plateau in each of her last two games and three of her last five.
• Through 25 games, Coastal Carolina is one of two teams in the Big South with a trio of players with 100-plus made field goals.
• AJ Jordan leads the Chanticleers with 175 made baskets followed by Angelica Henry’s 118. Alexx Puckett joins the guard duo with 103 made shots.
• Coastal Carolina features one of the more veteran lineup in the Big South. The Chanticleers’ top six players (not including freshmen) total 463 career games played and 229 starts.
• Kayla Cook is Coastal’s leader in games played with 102 followed closely behind by Angelica Henry with 100. Alexx Puckett has appeared in 94 games, while Katelyn Connor and AJ Jordan have played in 85 and 82 games, respectively.
• Despite being the only junior on the list, Jordan leads all active Chanticleers with 58 career starts, including 54 straight.
Jockeying For Position
• As the calendar approaches the latter stages of February, the final sprint toward the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championship is in full force. Coastal is 7-9 in league play and sits sixth in the league standings.
• Though Coastal is currently sixth, the Chants are only two games out of fifth place with four games remaining on the schedule, including a pivotal matchup with current fifth-place holder Gardner-Webb on Feb. 27.
• The top five teams in the final Big South standings receive byes to the quarterfinal round of the Big South Championship.
• With a bye a team will need to win just three games to punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament.