March 1, 2012
Coastal Carolina (13-12, 6-10 Big South) at Presbyterian College (12-15, 6-10 Big South)
Friday, March 2, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Clinton, S.C. | Templeton Center (2,500)
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina returns to the hardwood for a rare Friday night Big South contest as the Chanticleers travel to Presbyterian College. Tip off from PC’s Ross E. Templeton Center is slated for 7 p.m.
Broadcast: The Coastal Carolina - Presbyterian College game will be broadcast live online at GoCCUSports.com with Ryan Borawski on the call.
Live Stats: Available via GoBlueHose.com
Video Stream: Available via BigSouthSports.com
Series: Coastal Leads 14-7
Streak: Win 1
Last 10: 6-4
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian last met on Jan. 2 in Conway with the Chanticleers prevailing with a 52-49 victory. Freshman Savanah Pippin led Coastal with 10 points and six rebounds. Mariah Pietrowski paced PC with 14 points and tied Sherece Smith with a game-high seven rebounds.
The Opening Tip
The Chants and the Blue Hose
Today’s matchup marks the 22nd meeting between the Chanticleers and the Blue Hose. Coastal holds a 14-7 lead in the series and a slight 4-3 edge since Presbyterian started playing a Big South schedule during the 2008-09 campaign. Coastal won 10 of the programs’ first 14 meetings before the series was suspended after the 1991-92 season.
A Look At The Blue Hose
PC enters the game on a three-game losing skid having lost to Liberty, High Point and Campbell by a combined 36 points. Prior to the skid, the Blue Hose won four straight, including upsets over Winthrop and Radford.
The Blue Hose own the league’s best scoring defense of 55.9 points surrendered per game. However, the squad ranks ninth in the Big South in scoring offense averaging only 54.9 points per outing.
Presbyterian College is led by Mariah Peitrowski’s 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
• Coastal Carolina plays its final two games of the season on the road, starting with Presbyterian on Saturday.
• Coastal is 1-8 away from Kimbel Arena this season with the lone win coming at Western Carolina on Nov. 22.
• Olivia Irick has been a scoring machine as of late as she has combined for 135 total points (15.0 ppg) over Coastal’s last nine games, upping her season scoring average from 9.4 to a team leading 11.4.
• Coastal has not swept the season series against Presbyterian since the Blue Hose started playing a Big South schedule during the 2008-09 season. The Chants’ last season sweep came during the 1984-85 season when both teams were members of the NAIA.
• Coastal leads the Big South in 3-point field percentage defense in conference games allowing opponents to shoot a mere 28.5 percent from long range.
Closing The Season On The Road
For the third time in the last four years, Coastal Carolina closes its regular season on the road. In last season's regular season finale the Chants upset Charleston Southern as Sydnei Moss poured in 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Coastal’s last closed the regular season at home on March 8, 2010, with a 47-46 win over Presbyterian College.
Two Averaging 10-plus
After scoring a combined 135 points (15.0 ppg) over the past nine games, Olivia Irick is now averaging 11.4 points per game. Irick joins Shatia Cole (10.6) in averaging 10-plus points per outing for the Chanticleers this season. Irick is the Big South’s 15th-leading scorer as Cole ranks 19th.
Coastal Carolina has struggled on the road this season to the tune of a 1-9 record away from Kimbel Arena (1-8 in true road games and 0-1 in neutral site games). Coastal’s last win on the road came in a dominating 66-56 victory at Western Carolina on Nov. 22 to boost the Chants to 4-0 on the season. The Chanticleers are being outscored by and average of 9.3 points per game in true road contests.
Sharing the Court
This season has been a bit different for head coach Alan LeForce, as the veteran has had to use more of his bench than in recent memory. With six freshmen and five sophomores on the roster getting the whole team reps and playing time has become not only a priority, but also a necessity. Through 25 games 10 Chanticleers are averaging double-figure minutes, with seven of those posting at least 17.4 minutes per game.
Coastal Carolina wraps up its regular season at Winthrop on Monday evening at 7 p.m. The Chants downed the Eagles 58-54 in the first meeting of the season on Dec. 31, 2011.
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