Coastal Carolina (8-14) at Savannah State (6-17)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 24
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Tiger Arena, Savannah, Ga.
Series: Coastal leads 1-0
Live Stats: None
Lady Chants Step Out of Conference to Face Savannah State
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (8-14) travels to Savannah, Ga., to face Savannah State University (6-17) Thursday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m., in Tiger Arena. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., but the Georgia High School Tournament forced to move to 2 p.m. Coastal is coming off a 69-50 loss to Liberty Feb. 21.
Scouting Savannah State
The Tigers are coming off a 64-49 loss to College of Charleston Feb. 21 in Savannah. Savannah State was led by Kermetris Hills 18 points, while Shamice James added 10 rebounds. On the season, Hill is averaging 15.3 points per game, while Nicole Hunter averages 8.8 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. On the year, SSU is 1-4 against Big South Conference opponents, as it defeated Birmingham-Southern 64-46 Jan. 8.
The Tigers are coached by Cedric Baker, who is in his second year at Savannah State. He has an 12-37 record at the school and a 204-150 overall record in his 12th year of coaching.
Series vs. Savannah State
Savannah State and Coastal have met only once on the hardwood, earlier this year in Conway. Coastal defeated the Tigers 73-45 Dec. 16. For a complete game story and stats on the game at Liberty, turn to page 5 of the game notes.
Lady Chants Come Through in the Clutch
Coastal Carolina did not back down in crunch time in its 50-46 win over Radford Feb. 19. The Lady Chants hit 3-of-4 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws in the last four minutes against the Highlanders. Radford tied the game twice with under two minutes to go, but junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) and freshman C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) preserved the win for Coastal.
Junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) had 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 61-52 loss to High Point Feb. 15. It was the second double-double of the season for a Coastal player. Junior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) went for 14 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Charleston Southern Jan. 29.
Nothing but Twine from the Line
Coastal Carolina has been on fire from the free-throw line the past two wins. The Lady Chants were 16-of-19 (.842) from the charity stripe, while sophomore Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) was a perfect 5-of-5 from the line. Coastal was 11-of-13 from the line in an eight-point win over Winthrop Feb. 12.
Teammates Getting the Assist in Win over Winthrop
Coastal had 18 assists on 19 made field goals in the 53-45 win over Winthrop Feb. 12. Junior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) and senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) both had career highs in assists with seven and six, respectively.
Turner Comes Back to Score 20
Junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) went 9-of-16 from the field to score a game-high 20 points in a 53-45 win over Winthrop. The junior missed the Birmingham-Southern game Feb. 7 due to an injury. Turner did not start the Winthrop game, but played 25 minutes off the bench.
Coastal Rebounds with Win over BSC
Coastal Carolina outrebounded Birmingham-Southern 43-25 in its 55-42 win over Birmingham-Southern Feb. 7. The Lady Chants had three players with eight or more rebounds, inlcuidng junior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) 10 boards. Senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) had nine rebounds, while sophomore Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) had a career high eight. The plus-18 rebounding margin was the highest by the Lady Chants this season.
Brown, Young Crashing the Boards
Senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) and junior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) both grabbed 10 rebounds in the 56-50 loss to Charleston Southern Jan. 29. Young made it her first career double-double, adding 14 points. It was also Coastals first double-double of the season. Young is averaging 7.2 points and 4.4 rebounds this season.
Starters Not Fixed for Coastal
Coastal Carolina has used nine different starting lineups in the first 21 games. Junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) started the first 17 games, but sat out the Birmingham-Southern contest due to injury. Freshman C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) made her first career start Jan. 29 against Charleston Southern and scored five points and had five rebounds in a 56-50 loss. Sophomore Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) made her first start against Radford Feb. 19.
Charity is the Key
Coastal is 4-0 when it makes more free throws than its opponent, compared to4-14 when it equals or is less than its opponents hits from the charity stripe. Against Winthrop Feb. 12, Coastal was 11-of-13 from the line in the 53-45 win.
Chants Clean Up the Boards Against Radford
Coastal had a season high 45 rebounds in the 55-41 loss to Radford Jan. 17. Senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) and junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) had seven rebounds apiece, while sophomore Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) had six rebounds, all in the first half. The Lady Chants outrebounded the Highlanders 45-39 and it was the first time in the last eight contests that Radford has been outrebounded.
Coastal Keeps Libertys "O" in Check
Although Coastal Carolina lost 59-50 in its Big South Conference opener against Liberty, the Lady Chants defense held the Lady Flames to 35.9 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range. They also held All-America candidate Katie Feenstra to just 14 points, more than three below her season average. Last season, Feenstra averaged 26.0 points against Coastal in two games. The big difference of the game was that the Lady Flames had a 29-10 advantage on made free-throw attempts.
Lady Chants Fire Up Against Coker
Coastal Carolina had its best shooting performance in almost a year against Coker. CCU went 30-of-53 from the field for 56.6 percent. It was the first time this season that the Lady Chants went above 50 percent line and the first time since March 1, 2004, in a 67-43 win over Birmingham-Southern.
From the Land of Three...Amber Rose
Junior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) hit four three-pointers for the second consecutive game in a 79-41 win over Coker Jan. 5. Rose was an efficient 4-of-5 from three-point range for 12 points. Roses four treys were the most by a Coastal player this season. On the year, Rose is 19-of-56 (.339) from behind the line, but an elbow injury against Winthrop has sidelined the guard.
Coastal Charitable in Coker Win
Coastal had 20 assists in the 79-41 win over Coker Jan. 5, including five each from senior Lucia Popovici (Edmonton, Alberta/Jasper Place) and junior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman). In fact, Popovici had all her assists in the first half. Coastal is averaging 12.6 assists per game, which is third in the Big South.
Big South Leaders
Coastal Carolina has several individuals in the latest Big South statistical rankings, out Feb. 22. Junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) is third in the league in field-goal percentage (.485), fourth in blocked shots (1.14) and fifth in scoring (13.2). Junior Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) is fifth in the Big South in steals at 2.32 a game. Sophomore Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) is 11th in assists (2.45).
Turner Has a Block Party
Junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) had three blocked shots for the third time this season against the College of Charleston Dec. 19. Turner has 24 blocked shots on the season and had four blocks against High Point Jan. 24.
Laug Makes Most of Her Chances
Sophomore Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) had a career high 15 points off the bench in a 73-45 win over Savannah State Dec. 16. She connected on five of her seven field-goal attempts and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Coastal Jumps on Tigers in Win
Coastal got off to a hot start in its 73-45 win over Savannah State Dec. 16. The Lady Chants lead 11-0 just 2:50 into the game and had a 22-point lead (30-8) at the 7:41 mark. Coastal led by as many as 28 points in the first 20 minutes on its way to its largest winning margin since last years season opener against Anderson, in which the Lady Chants won 76-48.
Young Has Career Day vs. Tar Heels
Junior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) had a career-high 16 points in a 94-52 loss to fifth-ranked North Carolina Dec. 12. Young was 6-of-13 from the field and hit three three-pointers. She upped her scoring average from 5.3 to 7.4 points per game.
The Comeback Kids ... Almost
Coastal Carolina almost came back from an 18-point deficit in its 67-65 loss to Appalachian State Dec. 2. The Lady Chants were down 25-7 with 8:42 left in the first half, but cut the lead to eight at the half. Coastal outscored ASU 38-32 in the second half and tied the game twice, the last with 7:22 left. Junior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) had a shot to win with two seconds left, but her shot was blocked.
Brown Makes a Statement
Senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) came off the bench to score 18 points and eight rebounds Dec. 2 against Appalachian State. Brown was 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range. She also added two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. On the year, Brown is averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds a game.
LeForce Earns His 100th Victory at Coastal in Win over UNCW
Coastal head coach Alan LeForce earned his 100th victory at Coastal Carolina with a 51-47 win over UNC Wilmington Nov. 30. LeForce is the only coach in Division I to win 100 games in both mens and womens basketball and only the second coach in all NCAA divisions. He has an overall 106-113 record at CCU. LeForce is the winningest head coach in Coastal womens basketball history, passing Gina Markland Feb. 23, 2004. Overall, LeForce is 346-293 in 22 years as a head coach.
Chanticleers Picked Eighth in the Big South
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team was selected to finish eighth in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll, as voted by the Leagues Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors. The announcement was made at the Westin Hotel in downtown Charlotte as part of the 2004-05 Basketball Tip-Off Media Luncheon.
For the second year in a row, Liberty was unanimously selected to win its eighth-straight regular-season crown, which set a Conference record. The Lady Flames have gone undefeated in Conference play for two straight years, and have won 38 consecutive Big South contests, dating back to the 2001-02 season. High Point was voted second, while UNC Asheville, Radford and Charleston Southern round out the top five. Birmingham-Southern placed sixth in the womens poll, followed by Winthrop at seventh and Coastal Carolina eighth.
Hi, My Name is ...
Coastal will have seven new players on the roster this season and will have a whole new starting lineup. All five starters from the 2003-04 season exhausted their eligibility, including Coastals all-time leading scorer Nikki Reddick. The lineup for the Appalachian State game featured a true senior (Lucia Popovici), a redshirt junior (Amber Rose), two junior-college transfers (Kim Turner and Jasmine Tyler) and a sophomore (Alisha Dill). Turner and Tyler join junior Demaria Young, junior Kristy Yurichak, freshman C.J. Ware and redshirt freshman Samantha Carver as eligible newcomers. Sophomore Joanna Pekonen also is a newcomer on the roster, but will not be eligible until 2005-06 due to the NCAA transfer rule.
Dill Dishes Out Eight Assists Against Anderson
Sophomore Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) had a career high eight assists in Coastals 77-74 loss to Anderson Nov. 19. Her previous career best was four last season at Appalachian State Jan. 3 and Winthrop Feb. 21. Dill also added eight points, five rebounds and three steals in the game.
Turner Makes Debut in Style
Junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) scored 16 points and added five rebounds in her first career game in a Coastal uniform, a 77-74 loss to Anderson Nov. 19. Turner added five rebounds and had two blocked shots. Juniors Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) and Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) each had eight points in their debuts.
Coastal has two seniors on the squad this season. Redshirt senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) averaged 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds last season while playing in 24 games. Brown also missed four games due to injury last season. Senior Lucia Popovici (Edmonton, Alberta/Jasper Place) is penciled in as a starting center after averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 2003-04.
Coastal Adds SIze to Roster
Coastal has eight players on its 2004-05 roster that are six feet or taller, led by junior Kristy Yurichak (Walton Hills, Ohio/Lakeland C.C.), who is 6-4. Sophomore Joanna Pekonen (Lappeenranta, Finland/Lafayette), who is ineligible to compete in games this season, is 6-3. Coastal has two 6-1 players and four players at six feet.
Carver Returns to Court
Redshirt freshman Samantha Carver (Flemingsburg, Ky/Fleming County) will make her return to basketball this season after missing all of 2003-04 to rehabilitation of a torn ACL. In high school, Carver averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds a game and was named a Louisville Courier-Journal All-State honorable mention.
Junior Kristy Yurichak (Walton Hills, Ohio/Lakeland C.C.) is out for the season (back). Junior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) is out with an elbow injury.
The Coastal Carolina womens baskeball team will have at least 11 games on radio this season, tipping off with a home game against Savannah State University Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. All Coastal womens basketball radio broadcasts are on "THE TEAM" 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach. All games also will be available on Coastal Carolinas athletic website at www.GoCCUSports.com.
Game Day Central
All the Coastal womens basketball games this season will have a Game Day Central link on www.GoCCUSports.com, which will feature roster, schedules and stats for both teams as well as links to any live audio or live stats. Just click on the G under the womens basketball schedule for access to the Game Day Central.
Coastal will have Senior Day Saturday, Feb. 26, against UNC Asheville. The game begins at 2 p.m., and is part of a mens-womens doubleheader.