Women's Basketball Drops 67-59 Decision to Radford
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University women's basketball team fell 67-59 to Radford Monday, Feb. 23 at Kimbel Arena. With the loss, the Chanticleers slip to 14-12 on the year and 6-7 in the Big South, while Radford improves to 8-16 and 7-6 in the league.
Sophomores Kate Jasinski (Toledo, Ohio/Penn (Ind.) and Sydnei Moss (North Augusta, S.C./N. Augusta) led the way for the Chants scoring 18 and 17 points, respectively. Radford had three players hit double figures with Johnette Walker registering a game-high 22 points, while Taleia Moton added 17 and Kymesha Alston had 15 points on the night.
The Highlanders went up 9-2 in the opening minutes of play, but the Chanticleers tied the score at 9-9 behind five points by Jasinski. Coastal Carolina took its only lead of the game at the free throw line, where junior Kendra Reynolds (South Bend, Ind./Riley (Olney Central J.C.)) put the Chants ahead 12-11 at the 13-minute mark. A 10-2 run and a five minute scoring drought allowed Radford to build a 21-14 advantage with just under seven minutes left to play in the half. The Highlanders led by as much as 13 in the final minute of the frame, but the Chants were boosted by four points from junior Devin Rivers (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and scored the last seven points of the half to trim the deficit to 36-30 heading into the break.
With the first bucket of the second half going in favor of the Chants, Coastal Carolina narrowed the gap to 36-32, but Radford quickly pushed its lead back to double digits at 47-36 with remaining in the game. The Chanticleers made another short run to pull within seven points at 48-41, but Radford's Johnette Walker hit a triple to keep the lead at 51-41 with 12 minutes left on the clock.The Chants held Radford off the scoreboard for the next four minutes and made it a five point game at 51-46 with remaining in the game. Coastal Carolina had offensive possessions, but was unable to connect giving Radford room to make it another 11-point ball game with three minutes left to play. A final attempt to get back into the game looked promising as Jasinski drained a three-pointer to make it a 59-54 game with 54 seconds left to play. Walker would go to the foul line for the Highlanders and miss giving Coastal Carolina the possession, but the Chants turned the ball over and were forced to foul down the stretch. The Chants sent the Highlanders to the charity stripe eight times, where Radford went a perfect 8-for-8 to hand Coastal Carolina its fourth home loss of the season.
The Chanticleers had their opportunities offensively taking 16 more shots than the Highlanders, but shot 33.9 percent (21-for-62) from the floor, while Radford finished the game shooting 43.5 percent (20-for-46) from the field on its 46 shots. Radford turned the ball over 22 times and the Chants turned the giveaways into 17 points, but the Highlanders earned 24 points at the Charity stripe on their 31 attempts, while the Chants were 15-for-21 at the foul line.
Coastal Carolina ends its four-game homestand Monday, March 2 when it hosts in-state rival Winthrop at 7 p.m. Radford heads back to the DedmonCenter for its final three league games starting with Presbyterian Saturday, Feb. 28 at