Women's Basketball Earns Big Road Win over Birmingham-Southern 63-59
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (15-8, 5-6 Big South) hit clutch shots at the end of the game and held off a Birmingham-Southern College (11-13, 5-6 Big South) three-point barrage in the second half in defeating the Panthers 63-59 in Birmingham, Ala. Coastal is now tied with Birmingham-Southern and Radford for fourth place in the Big South standings.
Coastal used a balance scoring attack in the first half and took a 15-5 lead into the first media timeout. Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) scored Coastals first six points and a deep three from senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) at 17:47 made it 9-3. Juniors Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenm./Science Hill) and Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) hit back-to-back three-pointers for a 10-point lead. Birmingham-Southern would go on a 10-2 run, which was capped by a Morgan Talbot three at 13:18, but Coastal would answer by scoring the next nine points, grabbing a 26-15 lead after two free throws by senior Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.). Coastal would take as much as a 12-point lead on two occasions and would go into the break with a 35-25 lead after a jumper from Dill with two seconds remaining.
Turner led all scorers in the first half with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. She also had six rebounds. Yates hit two three-pointers for six points and Dill had five at the break. Leading BSC was Reba Ross, who had seven points. Coastal shot 42.9 percent from the field and were 4-of-9 from behind the three-point arc.
Coastal would get the lead to 12 with 18:19 left in the second half on a Yates jumper, but the Panthers then caught fire from behind the three-point line. Stacey Anthony hit one at the 17:09 mark and LaWanda Young had two straight, making it 41-38 with 14:53 left. Young then hit a layup at 13:56 to cut it to one. A layup from Ross and another Young three gave the Panthers a 45-43 lead with 11:09 left. Three pointers from Dill and Yates gave Coastal a 49-45 lead, but two more three pointers from Young and a Ross layup at 6:12 gave BSC a 53-51 lead. Dill capitalized on another big three, this one with 5:38 left to give Coastal a 55-53 lead. Birmingham-Southern tied the game at 55 on a Pam Thornborrow layup at 5:05. Yates hit two free throws at 3:03, giving Coastal a lead it would not relinquish. After a steal by Rose, Turner hit a jumper at 2:15 for a 59-55 lead. Senior Demaria Youngs (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) then hit a jumper in the paint at 1:25, making it 61-55. Birmingham-Southern cut the lead to four late, but two Yates free throws at 23 seconds left gave Coastal its fifth Big South win.
For the second time this season, Turner and Yates had double-doubles. Turner had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Yates went for 15 points and 10 rebounds. Dill was Coastals third player in double figures, scoring 13 points. Rose had a game high five assists.
For Birmingham-Southern, Young was 8-for-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range for a career high 23 points. Ross added 13 points.
Coastal shot 41.5 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from three-point range. Birmingham-Southern went 6-of-11 from three in the second half and shot 40 percent for the game.
Coastal ends its three-game road trip Saturday, Feb. 25, at High Point. Game time is at 3 p.m.
NOTES: Birmingham-Southern now leads the overall series 6-5 Turner had a double-double last year at Birmingham-Southern, scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds Coastal sweeps the two-game series with the Panthers, giving CCU the tiebreaker in the standings Coastal held a 39-32 rebounding edge.