ASHEVILLE, NC Coastal Carolina's women's basketball team dropped a costly game as the season winds down, falling to Winthrop, 84-67, Wednesday night at Kimbel Arena. The Lady Eagles hit 27-of-36 from the free throw line, as they broke the tie for sixth place with Coastal. Winthrop improves to 5-8 in the Big South, 9-17 overall, while the Lady Chants drop to 4-9 in the Big South, 8-17 overall.
The Lady Eagles opened the scoring a minute into the game on Laura Herman's jumper, and never trailed from there, shooting a season-high 55 percent from the field. A layup by CCU's Crystal Brown tied the game at seven, but Winthrop answered with an 11-2 run to take control, en route to a 29-20 halftime lead.
Coastal came roaring back out of the break, missing its first shot, but hitting six straight as it tied the game at 33. The Lady Eagles, however, again answered the call with a 7-1 run of their own, as Janette Arrington scored five straight points. CCU would again tie the game at 40, but Winthrop pulled away as Kia Bell hit three late 3-pointers, and the team hit 13-of-15 free throws in the final two minutes.
Nikki Reddick turned in another double-double performance for Coastal, scoring a game-high 25 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, while Crystal Brown and Courtney Brown added 17 points each, Crystal's coming on 7-of-10 shooting. Arrington hit 11-of-13 from the line to lead Winthrop with 18 points and 11 boards for a double-double of her own, while Herman, Bell and Stephanie Pannell all scored 15 in the victory.
Both teams wrap up the regular season this Saturday, as the Lady Chants host Charleston Southern at 5:00 p.m., while Winthrop returns home to play UNC Asheville.