Coastal Carolina (16-8, 6-6) vs. Winthrop (11-14, 5-7)
Date: Monday, Feb. 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Kimbel Arena, Conway, S.C.
Series: Winthrop leads 32-30
Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com
Coastal Ends Regular Season at Home, Starting with Winthrop
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (16-8, 6-6 Big South), fresh off an impressive 62-51 win over High Point Feb. 25, returns to Kimbel Arena Monday, Feb. 27, with a 7 p.m., tipoff against Winthrop University (11-14, 5-7 Big South). Coastal has won two games in a row and are now tied for third place in the Big South with UNC Asheville and Radford.
The Eagles are coming off a 58-50 win over Charleston Southern Feb. 25. Winthrop had four players score in double figures, led by Ashley Fanns 18 points. Franchesca Davenport added eight rebounds in the win, while Fann also had five steals. On the year, Fann leads the team averaging 12.7 points per game, including 13.3 points in conference games. Jolandra Crump leads the Eagles with 7.3 rebounds per contest.
Winthrop is coached by Bud Childers, who is in his second year at the Rock Hill campus. He has a 13-40 record at WU and a 398-279 overall record in his 24th season.
Series vs. Winthrop
Winthrop leads the overall series between the two teams 32-30. Coastal won the first meeting, 63-51, in Rock Hill Feb. 7. Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) and classmate Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) had 21 and 20 points, respectively, in the win.
Defense Shuts Down Panthers
Coastal Carolina held High Point, who led the conference in scoring, to 51 points on 35.1 percent shooting in its 62-51 win Feb. 25. Coastal allowed only four three-pointers by the Panthers and just one double-figure scorer (11 by Katie ODell). Coastal is second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense.
Chants Crash Boards in Win over High Point
Coastal had 44 rebounds in its 62-51 win over High Point Feb. 25. Four players had five or more rebounds, led by senior Kim Turners (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) 14 boards, which was a season high by a Coastal player. Of CCUs 44 rebounds, 16 were offensive.
Turner Doubles Her Fun vs. The Panthers
Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) had her second straight double-double and the sixth of her career in Coastal 62-51 win over High Point Feb. 25. Turner had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the win. She is now averaging 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds a game.
Win over Birmingham-Southern a Team Effort
Coastal Carolina had nine different players score in its 63-59 win over Birmingham-Southern Feb. 22. Eight of those players had points in the first half, and senior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) had two big points in the second half on a jumper with 1:25 left. Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) led the Lady Chants with 16 points, while junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) added 15. Senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) added a game-high five assists.
Double Trouble Once Again
Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) and junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) had double-doubles in the same game for the second time this season in a 63-59 win over Birmingham-Southern Feb. 22. Turner had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Yates went for 15 points and 10 rebounds. The duo had double-doubles in its 73-61 win over Radford Feb. 13. Yates had her fourth double-double of the season against the Panthers.
Chants Helping Big South Have Record Setting RPI
Coastal Carolina has a Ratings Percentage Index of 120 in the latest rankings by the website CollegeRPI.com. The Lady Chants are one of the teams that has helped the Big South to a conference rating of 13, ahead of such conferences as Conference USA, the Mid-American, the Western Athletic, and the Southern. Liberty has the Leagues best RPI at 48, with High Point right behind at 81.
Dill Named Big South Co-Player Of the Week
Junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Co-Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 19, the League office announced today (Feb. 20). Dill shared the honor with Birmingham-Southerns Stacey Anthony.
Dill averaged 21 points per game as the Lady Chants went 1-1 on the week. She got things going against Radford Feb. 13 with 15 points and a career-high nine assists as CCU defeated the Highlanders 73-61. Dill also was 3-of-4 from three-point range in the win. She followed that performance up with a career-high 27 points against UNC Asheville Feb. 18, going 10-for-18 from the floor, 5-of-8 from three-point range and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. She also picked up six rebounds, and two steals against the Bulldogs.
Career High in Points is Dill-icious
Junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) exploded for a career high 27 points in Coastals 64-57 loss to UNC Asheville Feb. 18. The junior was 10-for-18 from the field, 5-of-8 from three-point range and grabbed six rebounds. The output was 17 points higher than her season average and the 10 field goals and five three-pointers tied for the season high by any Coastal player. Dill also scored the most points by a Coastal player since Nikki Reddick scored 33 points in a 68-62 win over High Point March 9, 2004, in the Big South Tournament Quarterfinals.
A Tale of Two Games from the Charity Stripe
Coastals free-throw shooting helped the Lady Chants defeated Radford 73-61 Feb. 13. Coastal went 11-of-14 from the line for 78.6 percent. Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) was 5-for-5 while junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) was 4-of-5. However, in CCUs 64-57 loss to UNC Asheville, the Lady Chants were just 6-of-17 from the line for 35.3 percent.
Dill Dishes Out Career High
Junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) had a career high nine assists in the 73-61 win over Radford Feb. 13. She broke her original career high of eight assists set Nov. 19, 2004, against Anderson. Dill added 15 points and hit three three-pointers in the win.
Turner, Yates Double Up
Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) and junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) both had double-doubles in Coastals 73-61 win over Radford Feb. 13. Turner had a season high 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds for her fourth career double-double. Yates had 15 points and a career high 13 rebounds. The 13 rebounds also was a season high by a Coastal player this season. Turner made 10 field goals on the night, tying a season high by a CCU player.
Chants Ranked High in the Country in Steals
Coastal is ranked 32nd in the nation in steals per game in the latest NCAA rankings, released Feb. 20. Coastal is averaging 11.0 steals per game, which leads the Big South. Senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) leads Coastal with 39 steals in 23 games. Wofford leads the country with 13.8 steals a contest.
Lineup Change for First Time This Season
When senior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) started in Coastals 73-61 win over Radford Feb. 13, it marked the first time this season that Coastal went with a different starting lineup.
Chants Let Halftime Lead Slip
Coastal lost its first game in which it had a halftime lead this season. Coastal had a 30-28 lead on Liberty at the break, but fell 58-51. Before that, Coastal won 13 straight games with a halftime lead.
Two with 20
Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) and senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, in a 63-51 win over Winthrop Feb. 7. It was the first time two players scored 20 or more points since Nikki Reddick and Whitney Shearer scored 22 and 21 points Feb. 7, 2003, against High Point.
Coastal Carolina won its sixth road game of the season, 62-51, over High Point Feb. 25. Coastal is now 6-5 on the road and have surpassed last years two wins on the road. Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) leads the team with 10.9 points per game on the road.
Yates Doubles Up vs. Charleston Southern
Junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the 76-69 win over Charleston Southern Feb. 4. The junior had 16 points and 11 rebounds in an 88-45 win over Southern Virginia Nov. 25. In the win over the Lady Bucs, Yates was 2-of-5 from three-point range and had three steals.
Rose Likes the First 20
Senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) tied her career high with 20 points in a 76-69 win over Charleston Southern Feb. 4. Seventeen of those points came in the first half, when the senior was 7-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-6 from three-point range. One game later, Rose tied her career high again, going for 16 first-half points. Rose also scored 20 points against Morris Jan. 12, when she had 15 first-half points.
Coastal Carolina held Savannah State to 24.6 percent shooting from the field in a 46-42 win over the Tigers Feb. 1. It was a season low for an opponent, which was 28.8 percent, also by Savannah State Jan. 2. SSU also shot just 1-of-10 from three-point range.
Laug Ties Season High In Savannah State Win
Junior Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was 2-for-2 from the field, 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, had eight points and five rebounds in the 46-42 win over Savannah State Feb. 1. Laug tied her season high in both points and rebounds and is averaging seven points a game in her career vs. the Tigers.
Dill Perfect From Three Against High Point
Junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) went a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range in a 69-60 loss to High Point Jan. 28. Dill had 18 points and improved her three-point percentage to 37.5 percent. The mark broke the season best 3-for-3 shooting by senior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) against Converse.
Ware Assists Early vs. High Point
Sophomore C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) had six assists in the first 7:10 in Coastals 69-60 loss to High Point Jan. 28. Wares assist total was one assist short of her season high, set Jan. 2 against Savannah State.
Coastals Home Winning Streak Ends
Coastal Carolina opened the 2005-06 with seven straight home wins. That streak was broken in the 68-65 loss to UNC Asheville Jan. 21. Ironically, the last time the Lady Chants lost at home was also to Asheville 52-48 Feb. 26, 2005.
Rose Shoots and Scores vs. Lady Flames
Senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) went 6-of-12 from the field, including 2-for-5 from three-point range, and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line in a 70-61 loss to Liberty Jan. 16. Rose had 19 points on the night and has scored in double-figures in 15 games.
CCU Takes Care of the Ball
Coastal Carolina forced UNC Asheville into 26 turnovers Jan. 21, in a 68-65 loss. Coastal leads the conference in turnover margin (+5.5) while forcing its opponents into 21.8 turnovers a game.
Young on Fire in First Half Against Highlanders
Senior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) had 11 first-half points against Radford Jan. 14, going 5-of-6 from the floor. Young ended the game with 14 points, two off a career high, and was 2-of-3 from three-point range.
Chants Cold from the Field in Loss to Radford
After being down 27-26 at halftime against Radford Jan. 14, Coastal shot just 22.6 percent in the second half in a 66-46 loss. The Lady Chants went 7-of-31 from the field and 1-of-5 from three-point range. For the game, Coastal shot 30 percent from the floor.
Chants on Fire From Three vs. Morris
Coastal went 10-of-19 from three-point range Jan. 12 against Morris. Senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) hit five three pointers, while junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) and junior Cheryl Salomone (Aiken, S.C./Aquinas) had two apiece. The 10 three pointers were a season high and is was the first time Coastal shot over 50 percent from three since Feb. 19, 2005 against Radford.
CCU Has Six in Double Figures vs. Converse
Coastal Carolina had six players score in double figures in an 80-50 win over Converse Jan. 7. Juniors Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) and Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) had 14 points each to lead the team. It was the first time the Lady Chants had six players in double figures since a 119-66 win over Southern Virginia Feb. 26, 2003.
Nunn Provides Valuable Minutes for Lady Chants
Freshman Kairsten Nunn (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) scored a career high 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added four steals in the 92-44 win over Coker Jan. 3.
Coastal in a Giving Mood
The Lady Chants set a season high with 24 assists in the 94-44 win over Morris Jan. 12. This happened just one game after the Lady Chants had 23 assists in a win over Converse Jan. 7.
Turner Named Big South Co-Player of the Week
Coastal Carolina University womens basketball senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Co-Player of the Week for the week ending Jan.1, the conference office announced. Turner shares the honor with High Point Universitys Katie Ralls. She averaged 14.5 points per game over the Christmas break, leading the Lady Chanticleers to a 2-0 record. Turner earns Coastals first Player of the Week honor since Nikki Reddick was named Player of the Week Dec. 1, 2003.
CCU Making Good on Half Against the Tigers
Coastal shot 50 percent from the field in the win over Savannah State Jan. 2. Coastal went 31-of-62 from the floor, which included a 5-of-6 performance from senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.). Coastal then went 50.6 percent from the floor in the 92-44 win over Coker Jan. 3.
CCU Bench Solid in Greensboro Win
The Lady Chants bench scored 19 points and helped in a 16-0 run to end the first half in a 68-54 win over UNC Greensboro Dec. 31. CCU has four players with two fouls in the first half, but the Chants held the Spartans scoreless for the last 6:01. Senior Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) and sophomore Joanna Pekonen (Lappeenranta, Finland/Lafayette) both had five first-half points, while senior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) hit a three at the first-half buzzer that gave CCU the 16-point lead.
Coastal Goes Unbeaten vs. SoCon
Coastal ends its contests against the Southern Conference with a 3-0 record after the 68-54 win over UNC Greensboro Dec. 31. Coastal also had wins over Furman (71-67) Dec. 3 and College of Charleston (58-51) Dec. 20. In the last three seasons, Coastal is 6-3 against Southern Conference opponents.
Scoring Runs Help Coastal Defeat CofC
A 12-4 run in the last 5:37 of the first half and a 13-2 run to open the second half helped Coastal defeat the College of Charleston 58-51 Dec. 20. The combined 25-6 run was fueled by eight points from senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) and seven from junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.).
Laug Makes Return for CCU
Junior Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) made her season debut in a 98-41 loss to North Carolina Dec. 17. Laug has missed Coastals first four games due to a knee injury and gives Coastal 12 players who will be available for game action. She grabbed three rebounds against the Tar Heels.
Coastal Has Rebounding Edge vs. Furman
For a team that doesnt start a player over 60", Coastal sure gets its share of rebounds. The Lady Chants outrebounded Furman 36-31 Dec. 3 in a 71-67 victory and Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) and Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) had nine and eight rebounds, respectively. Coastal also ended the game with 23 offensive caroms.
Chants Come Through in the Clutch
The Lady Chants hit 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in the last five minutes of its 71-67 win over Furman Dec. 3. Junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line, while Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) and Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) each hit two key free throws. Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) went 1-for-2 with 11 seconds left, but her one make put Coastal up by five (69-64).
Rose Earns Career Highs vs. UNCW
Senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) set one career high and tied another against UNC Wilmington Nov. 29. The guard had a career high seven rebounds in the 75-51 loss. Her former career high was six at Elon Feb. 9, 2003 and vs. Appalachian State Dec. 2, 2004. She also tied a career high with four steals and added four assists.
Yates Collects Double-Double in Second Career Game at CCU
Junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) had team highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds in Coastals 88-45 win over Southern Virginia Nov. 25. Of Yates 11 rebounds, 10 of those came on the offensive end. Yates opened her career with 10 second-half points in a 57-42 win over Campbell.
Coastal Improves in Season Openers with Win over Campbell
Coastal Carolina improved to 7-2 in season openers under head coach Alan LeForce with its 57-42 win over Campbell Nov. 22. In its first season opener on the road since 1997-98, Coastal went 13-of-17 from the free-throw line and forced the Lady Camels into 28 turnovers as the Lady Chants led by as many as 16 points in the win. Coastal also has won seven of its last eight games against Campbell.
Young Chairwoman of the Boards
Senior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.), playing in the post for most of the game despite being 5-8, was one off her career high as she had nine rebounds in the 57-42 win over Campbell Nov. 22. Young had eight first-half rebounds, three offensive, and added four points in the win.
New Face on the Bench
Coastal has a new coach for the 2005-06 season and she is no stranger to the Myrtle Beach area. Shameka Montgomery (UNC Wilmington 03) was the conference Player of the Year in 1999 at North Myrtle Beach High School and was a nominee for Miss South Carolina Basketball. Montgomery went to UNC Wilmington, where she scored 1,139 points and grabbed 724 rebounds in her four-year career. She came to Coastal after playing overseas in Sweden in 2004-05.
Chanticleers Picked Sixth in the Big South
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Big South Conference annual preseason poll, announced at the Leagues annual Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon in Charlotte, N.C.
Coastal earned 72 points, including one first-place vote, to earn the sixth spot. Liberty was picked to win its ninth straight regular-season title, earning 189 points and 14 first-place votes. High Point was not far behind with 181 points and nine first-place votes. UNC Asheville was picked third with 163 votes and two first-place votes. Radford was picked fourth with 112 points, followed by Birmingham-Southern (95 points), Coastal, Charleston Southern (69 points) and Winthrop (55 points).
Turner Named to the Big South Preseason All-Conference Team
Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) was selected to the Leagues Preseason All-Conference Team, it was announced at the Leagues annual Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon in Charlotte, N.C.
Turner, a 6-0 forward, averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in 26 games last season. She was a Second Team All-Big South selection in 2004-05 and was fourth in the conference in scoring and sixth in the League in rebounding. Turner had three double-doubles, including a 22-point, 15-rebound performance against Birmingham-Southern March 2. The forward also led the team with 32 blocked shots and had 55 steals, which was second on the team.
Turner was joined on the All-Big South Preseason Team by Preseason Player of the Year Katie ODell of High Point, Kristal Hood of UNC Asheville, Stacey Anthony of Birmingham-Southern, Allyson Fasnacht of Liberty and Corrie Fertitta of Radford.
Big South Stats
Coastal leads the Big South in three-point field goal percentage, steals and turnover margin. Junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) leads the League in three-point field goal percentage (.419) and is fourth in assists (3.50). Senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) leads the League in free-throw percentage (.828).
CCU Signs Five Student-Athletes to National Letters-of-Intent
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball program has signed five student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent, head coach Alan LeForce announced Nov. 9.
"Without question, this is the best recruiting class we have assembled in the history of our program," LeForce said. "I know this will put some pressure on them to perform, but as a whole, it has to rank as one of the best classes in the history of the Big South."
The following is a list of the student-athletes coming to Coastal Carolina in 2006-07.
Name Pos. Ht. Hometown
Lauren Grochowski F 5-11 Naperville, Ill.
Lacey Lyons F 5-11 Beverly Hills, Fla.
Devin Rivers C 6-1 Miami, Fla.
Amanda Stull G 5-9 Rushville, Ind.
Lori Whitaker G 5-9 Bloomington, Ind.
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 Night Saturday, March 4, against Charleston Southern in Kimbel Arena. Game time is at 5 p.m.