Women's Basketball Hosts Final Home Series
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team returns to the HTC Center this week to host its final pair of home games for the 2016-17 season. The Chanticleers welcome ULM for a 7 p.m. game on Thursday night, followed by a 1 p.m. tip against Louisiana on Saturday.
Following Saturday's game, the six members of the Coastal Carolina senior class will be recognized for their achievements during their time spent in a Chanticleer uniform.
The March to the Postseason
With three games left in its regular season schedule, Coastal (10-15, 5-10) is in eighth place in the Sun Belt Conference. Appalachian State (10-16, 5-10) holds a similar conference record, but sits in ninth place since the Chants hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with a 60-55 win on Jan. 14.
Coastal and App meet in the final game of the regular season on March 4 in Boone, N.C, and may see each other in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament in New Orleans, La., as the eight and nine seeds. If the standings hold, it would be the second time in the last three years that Coastal's final regular season opponent would also be its first round tournament opponent. The same scenario occurred in the 2014-15 season, when No. 9 Coastal and No. 8 UNC Asheville played back-to-back games in the regular-season finale and opening round of the conference tournament.
The Chants enter the weekend two games behind Georgia State in seventh place, and two games ahead of South Alabama in 10th place.
The March to 1,000
Ced Gibson enters Thursday's game against ULM with 986 career points, and has an opportunity to be the 14th student-athlete in program history to surpass 1,000. At her latest scoring pace, she may achieve the feat as soon as Thursday night.
Gibson was held scoreless for the first time in her career against Georgia State on Feb. 9. In the three games since, Gibson is averaging 18.3 points and 7.0 assists. She recorded 22 points and six assists versus Georgia Southern (Feb. 11), 23 points and seven assists at South Alabama (Feb. 16), and 10 points and a season-high eight assists in her latest outing at Troy (Feb. 18).
With her eight assists at Troy, Gibson tied CCU Hall of Fame member Brooke Weisbrod for seventh place all-time in program history with 284 career helpers. Gibson needs 16 more assists to reach Nikki Reddick (300) in sixth place.
Ced Gibson, who transferred to Coastal Carolina after her freshman season at St. John's, has played three seasons in a Chanticleer uniform. During that time, she has played in 81 games while making 73 starts, and has worked her way into the CCU record book in several categories, including assists (t-7th, 284), 3-pointers (10th, 112), and free throw percentage (4th, 77.6). Gibson also has an opportunity to become the 14th student-athlete in program history to surpass 1,000 career points.
Rachael Gregory has played two seasons with the Chants, transferring to Coastal as a graduate student prior to the 2015-16 season. Despite only playing half the season her first year due to injury, Gregory has still managed to put up impressive numbers. For her career, she's averaged over 11 points and nearly six rebounds per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Gregory's played a total of 34 games while averaging 24.2 minutes.
Yasmin Miller is also a two-year member of the team after transferring from Northeast Community College prior to the 2015-16 season. Miller has averaged 22.4 minutes in 52 games with 32 starts. She's also averaged over six points and three rebounds in her time on the court, while shooting 33.6 percent from the field and 71.5 percent from the line.
Alexis Robinson has consistently been one of CCU's leading rebounders since transferring to Coastal prior to the 2014-15 season. She is Coastal's leader in the category this season, and has averaged over eight rebounds per game for her career. She twice broke the program's single-game rebounding record, initially setting a new mark with 17 in her first-ever game in a Chanticleer uniform, before breaking it the very next game with 19 boards. Robinson has also posted career marks of 7.2 points per game, and a 40.4 field goal shooting percentage.
Olivia Carlton is the only four-year member of the senior class, though a medical hardship has sidelined her to this point of her senior season. She has seen action in 83 games while appearing in the starting lineup 23 times. Carlton was consistently one of the Chants' better perimeter shooters, sinking a career total of 122 3-pointers and never hitting fewer than 34 makes from beyond the arc in any of her previous three seasons.
Derriel Banyard is a two-year member of the Chanticleers, transferring to Coastal prior to the 2015-16 season. She was forced to miss a large part of her senior season due to injury, but appeared in four games this year in addition to 21 games last year. Banyard averaged over two points and two rebounds per game for her career while shooting 37.7 percent from the field.