Women's Basketball Takes on Radford at Kimbel Monday Night
Date:Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009
At: Kimbel Arena
Series:Liberty leads 37-7
Radio: THE TEAM 93.9 FM (Chris Burgin and Randy Clemens)
Live Stats: Game Day Central at www.GoCCUsports.com
Live Video: www.BigSouthSports.com
Television: SportSouth and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network
Scouting the Highlanders (7-16, 6-6 Big South)
The Highlanders were upended by Charleston Southern’s second-half surge 80-63 Saturday afternoon. This is Radford’s final road contest of the season as the Highlanders will return home to the DedmonCenter for their final three games of the season. The Highlanders played through a tough non-conference schedule early in the year where they finished 1-10, but have been consistent in the Big South posting a 6-6 record. Taleia Monton is putting up 15.2 points during conference action, while Kymesha Alston is averaging 14.6 points in league play. Johnette Walker ranks among the nation’s best (10th) in steals, averaging 3.1 steals this season and leading the Big South in the category.
Series vs. Radford
Series Record: Radford leads 36-12
The Highlanders defeated Coastal Carolina 65-56 in the first meeting of the season behind Moton and Alston, who combined for 39 points. Sophomore Sydnei Moss is averaging 11.5 points in three career outings against the Highlanders and shooting 83.3 percent (10-for-12) from the free throw line. Juniors Kendra Reynolds and Amanda Stull had good performances in the first meeting this year, adding 12 points and 10 points, respectively.
Moss Hits Stride in Conference Play
Sophomore Sydnei Moss is averaging 13.8 points and 6.1 boards per contest in Big South action. During non-conference play, Moss averaged 8.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest and now leads the team in both categories with 11.2 points and 6.7 boards. The North Augusta native now has hit double figures in the scoring column in 11 of the 12 league games played. The only team to hold her to single digits was Liberty (Jan. 26), where Moss had seven points.
Stull Stalled... But Only for 40 Minutes
Junior Amanda Stull was sidelined for the first time in her career against High Point (Feb. 7) with flu-like symptoms. Her absence put an end to a 78-game appearance streak including 49 consecutive starts for the Chants. However, Stull bounced back quickly, making her first four shots against UNC Asheville (Feb. 9), to go 8-for-9 in the first half to net 19 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 25 points.
Stull Receives Academic All-District Honors
Junior Amanda Stull was named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III University First Team Thursday, Feb. 5, as announced by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). With this honor, Stull is now eligible for the national ballot for Academic All-America honors. As a biology major, Stull carries a 3.94 grade-point average and is the only player to start all 21 games for the Chanticleers this season. She is averaging 10.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.05 assists per game. Stull has four double-doubles on the year and has scored in double figures 12 times, including a career-high 25 points at UNC Asheville (Feb. 9).
Defense Gets it Done
In Coastal Carolina’s 14 wins this season, the Chants have limited their opponents to 48.6 points per game and their strong defense has forced teams to shoot 33.5 percent from the field. When Coastal Carolina is on the losing end, it has surrendered 70.0 points per game to its competition. On the glass, Coastal Carolina holds a 584-514 advantage over opponents when it is victorious, but slips behind 469-324 on the boards in its 11 losses. They have also generated 270 opponent turnovers, posted 49 blocks and average 9.6 steals per game in 14 victories this season.
Kimbel for Sixth Man of the Year?
Coastal Carolina has thrived on its home court this season, playing to an 9-3 record in Kimbel Arena. The Chanticleers are shooting 39.5 percent from the field at home, averaging 61.5 points a game and holding opponents to 51.7 points on 37.0 percent shooting. Coastal Carolina has also outrebounded its opponents 38.8-34.6 at home.
Getting to the Line
The Chants are shooting 67.2 percent from the free throw line to sit in first place in the Big South. Another significant number here is Coastal Carolina has gone to the line 488 times, the most in the conference. The Chanticleers were sent to the foul line 34 times (24-of-34) at Alabama State (Dec. 29) and went 25-for-29 at Wofford (Nov. 19). The Chants also went to the charity stripe 32 times against UNC Asheville (Jan. 3) and converted 26 of them shooting 81.3 percent from the line. Coastal Carolina is shooting 70.3 percent from the charity stripe during conference play.
Sidelined for the Season
Junior Lori Whitaker is expected to redshirt this season, while transfer Lindsey Waters will sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. Redshirt junior Elizabeth Weaver played five games this year, but will miss the rest of the season due to injury.
It’s Block and White
Sophomore Katie White tied a Coastal Carolina program record for most blocks in a single game, tallying seven against UNC Wilmington (Dec. 18). White’s defensive prowess led her to five first-half blocks, and she rejected two more shots in the second frame. The 6-3 center has a team-leading 43 blocks this season, and is second in the league and No. 40 in the country, averaging 2.0 per game.
Coastal Carolina shot 64.5 percent from the field in the first half against UNC Asheville (Feb. 9) and finished the game shooting 51.9 percent from the floor. The last time the Chanticleers shot better than 50 percent from the field was Jan. 7, 2008 against Morris (50.6 percent).
The Chanticleers had a season-low 11 rebounds against Liberty (Feb. 21). Coastal Carolina has had at least one player register over 11 boards 13 times this season. Junior Amanda Stull leads the group having bypassed the 11-board mark five times, while sophomore Sydnei Moss has hit the mark three times.
30 Minutes and Counting...
In 12 Big South Conference games, Coastal Carolina has three players averaging more than 30 minutes. Junior Amanda Stull averages 33.3 minutes. Sophomores Kate JasinskiSydnei Moss are averaging 31.2 and 30.1 minutes, respectively. and
Road Testing the Chants
Coastal Carolina is 4-8 on the road earning its fourth win with a 75-70 victory at UNC Asheville (Feb. 9). The Chanticleers have been outscored 71.2-52.9 and allowed opponents to grab 45.2 rebounds, while collecting only 31.3 boards in the eight road losses.
Stull Accepting Charity
Junior Amanda Stull has gone to the free throw line 123 times in 24 games and been perfect at the line in seven games. Stull earned her way to line 18 times at AlabamaStateSouthern Virginia (Nov. 30), and a 7-for-7 outing against UNC Asheville (Jan. 3). (Dec. 29), where she converted 13 freebies. On the season, she is second in the Big South shooting 80.7 percent from the charity stripe and is ranked No. 89 in the country. The Rushville native has gone 99-for-123, which includes two 8-for-8 performances against Wofford (Nov. 19) and
Even as a junior, Kendra Reynolds is still a rookie for the Chanticleers, but Reynolds is playing as a veteran. Reynolds has picked up three double-doubles and set a personal best of 18 points at Charleston Southern (Jan. 10). Freshmen Olivia Irick and Taylor Epley have earned playing time as well. Irick got her first career start at Radford (Jan. 24) and is averaging 3.8 points a game and has knocked down 13 three-pointers, while Epley is adding 1.6 rebounds per contest.
Coastal Carolina’s 2008-09 roster lists no seniors. This is the first time in Head Coach Alan LeForce’s 12 years he will be missing that senior leadership. However, the 2008-09 squad is rich in talent and experience. LeForce believes this is one of the most talented groups he and his staff have ever assembled at Coastal Carolina.
*Final home game of the season*
2008-09 Record: 12-12, 6-5 Big South
Date: Monday, Mar. 2
At:Conway, S.C. - Kimbel Arena
Series Record: CoastalCarolina leads 36-33
Winthrop at a Glance: Coastal Carolina took the first meeting the Lady Eagles 51-34 at Winthrop Coliseum. Winthrop is .500 on the season and 6-5 in the Big South. The Lady Eagles are led by Ashley Fann, who leads the league in rebounding averaging 8.2 boards per game and adds 11.7 points a contest.