CHARLESTON, S.C.- The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (18-10, 9-5 Big South) ended the regular season with a 60-53 win over Charleston Southern (10-19, 2-12 Big South) March 3 in Charleston, S.C. Coastal shot 52 percent in the second half and senior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) scored 26 points and became Coastals all-time single-season scoring leader in the win.
Coastal was down 9-5 at the 15:28 mark of the first half, but the Lady Chanticleers would take an 11-10 lead at the 13:14 mark on a jumper from junior Victoria Blanchard (Eutawville, S.C./Walters State C.C.). Coastal would take as much as a seven-point lead in the first half on a Dill free throw at 8:49 but 10-3 run to end the half tied the game at 23.
Dill had nine first-half points, going 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. Blanchard had five rebounds in the first half, while Coastal outrebounded Charleston Southern 22-13. The Lady Bucs were led by Keena Wickers 16 points. She was 7-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. Coastal shot 33.3 percent in the first period and were 8-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Charleston Southern took a 25-23 lead right out of the lockerroom on a Wicker layup, but Coastal would retake the lead on a jumper from senior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) and two points from Blanchard. An old-fashion three-point play from Dill at 14:35 made it 32-29 Coastal, but four straight points by the Lady Bucs gave CSU a 33-32 lead at 13:25. It would be the last lead the Lady Bucs would have, as Coastal would go on a 10-2 run over the next 4:54, capped by a three from Dill. Charleston Southern would cut the lead to one (47-46) at 5:07 on a three from Pam Tolbert, but the Lady Chants would score the next seven points, the final three on a conventional three-point play from senior Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills). Coastal hit 4-of-6 free throws in the last 1:14 to earn its 18th win of the season.
Dill scored 26 points and now has 631 points on the season. That surpassed Nikki Reddicks 621 points, set in 2001-02. Dill was 7-of-16 from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point range and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. She also had five rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Freshman Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River) had nine second-half points, while Laug had eight points and seven rebounds. Coastal outrebounded Charleston Southern 36-25 and were 16-of-21 from the charity stripe.
Wicker led CSU with 22 points, while Tolbert added 17. Rachel Potts added six assists.
Coastals 18 wins in the regular season are tied with the 1999-2000 team for most as a Division I program.
Coastal now focuses on the Big South Tournament, starting March 8 in Asheville, N.C. Coastal is the fifth seed in the tournament and will face fourth-seeded UNC Asheville at 2 p.m., on Thursday. The game can be heard on THE TEAM 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach and on www.GoCCUSports.com.