March 3, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina women’s basketball starts its road to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 6 seed in the 2014 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. The Chanticleers face 11th-seeded Charleston Southern at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The HTC Center. Coastal has won four straight against Charleston Southern and are 3-0 all-time against the Buccaneers in the Big South tournament.
Big South Basketball Championship - First Round
Date / Time: Tues., March 4, 2014 / 6 p.m.
Site: Conway, S.C. / The HTC Center (3,212)
Audio Broadcast: Chanticleer Sports Network
Radio: Sports Radio 100.3 “The Team”
Online Audio Link: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/coastal.portal#
Talent: Aaron Marks (pxp)
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com
Live Video: Big South Network
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports and @Chants365
Last Time Out
• Coastal Carolina closed the regular season with an 83-71 victory at UNC Asheville on Saturday, March 1.
• Karsen Sims led Coastal with a career-high 20 points, including four made 3-pointers. Angelica Henry notched her sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds. AJ Jordan scored 14 points and Jena Hamrick chipped in a career-best 12 points.
• Coastal finished 6-of-10 from beyond the arc as Sims connected on four and Hamrick two.
• Coastal went 27-of-32 at the free-throw line, including eight in the final 98 seconds of the game.
• The Chanticleers owned a 45-35 advantage on the board, including 31 on the defensive end.
• Tianna Knuckles’ led three Bulldogs in double-figures with 18 points.
Coastal Carolina vs. Charleston Southern
• Coastal Carolina renews its oldest rivalry Tuesday as the Chanticleers and Buccaneers square off for the 84th time on the hardwood. Coastal holds a 49-34 lead in the all-time series.
• Coastal defeated the Buccaneers in each of last season’s meetings, including a 77-72 overtime victory on Feb. 21 inside the Buc Dome.
• The Chanticleers again swept the season series this year, claiming a 77-63 win at Charleston Southern and an 85-70 home victory.
• The winner advances to the quarterfinal round on Thursday where No. 3-seeded Winthrop awaits. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m.
On The Line vs. Charleston Southern
• It’s simple ... win or go home. The winner of Tuesday’s game advances to the quarterfinal round against No. 3-seeded Winthrop. The loser’s season comes to a close.
• A Coastal win moves the Chanticleers back to .500 on the season with a 15-15 record.
• A Coastal win would be the Chanticleers’ first in the Big South Tournament since 2010.
What You May Not Know About the Series
• Charleston Southern is Coastal Carolina’s oldest and most played opponent (83 times entering Tuesday). The Lowcountry rivalry dates back to the 1974-75 season when the sides first met in Coastal’s fifth ever game.
• Coastal is a 3-0 in the Big South tournament against the Buccaneers, claiming victories in the 2000, 2003 and 2010 tournaments.
• Charleston Southern is 0-3 in its three games played inside The HTC Center. Coastal defeated CSU 64-56 on Jan. 5, 2013 and the Buccaneers fell 70-63 to Longwood in the first round of the 2013 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championship. The Chanticleers claimed this season’s regular season meeting at The HTC Center by a 85-70 margin on Feb. 20.
Coastal In The Big South Postseason
• Coastal Carolina holds an all-time record of 14-27 in Big South Conference postseason play.
• Coastal enters Tuesday’s game on a four-game losing streak in tournament play with the Chanticleers’ last win coming by a 52-44 decision against Charleston Southern on March 12, 2010.
• The Chants have been seeded sixth in the Big South tournament twice before. The 1991-92 team fell in the quarterfinal round to third-seeded Liberty and the 2003-04 squad upset No. 3-seed High Point in the quarterfinals before falling to top-seeded Liberty in the semifinals.
• Coastal advanced to the Big South championship game in 1999, 2000 and 2002, falling to No. 1-seeded Liberty each time.
Chanticleer Backcourt Earns All-Big South Honors
• The Coastal backcourt trio of AJ Jordan, Angelica Henry and Karsen Sims earned All-Big South Conference recognition, as announced Sunday by the conference office. Jordan was included on the All-Big South first team and the All-Academic Team rosters, while Henry garnered honorable mention honors. Sims was named a member of the All-Freshman Team.
• Jordan is Coastal’s first All-Big South first team selection since Alisha Dill garnered recognition for her efforts in the 2006-07 season. Moreover, Jordan and Henry are the first pair of Chanticleers to earn all-conference honors in the same season since Amada Stull and Sydnei Moss were second team selections in 2009-10. Sims is CCU’s first all-freshman selection since 2011-12.
Career-Highs For Sims and Hamrick
• Both Karsen Sims and Jens Hamrick set their career-high in points in the win at UNC Asheville on March 1.
• Sims, the game’s leading scorer, tallied 20 points on an even 50 percent from the floor and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. The freshman finished the game 6-of-12 overall, including 4-of-6 from three.
• Hamrick notched 12 points with six coming from beyond the arc. The junior was 2-of-2 from three and 5-of-6 six from the field, tying the Chants’ season-high with a 83.4 shooting percentage.
• Coastal’s last two games of the regular season were two of the Chanticleers’ most balanced scoring efforts of the season.
• Angelica Henry, Megan Pittman, AJ Jordan and Alexx Puckett each reached double-figures against Gardner-Webb, while Katelyn Connor and Karsen Sims fell a point short of the 10-point plateau.
• Sims, Henry, Jordan and Hamrick posted double-digit efforts as UNC Asheville, while Puckett and Connor each registered eight points.
• Seven of eight Chants scored against Gardner-Webb and six of seven scored against UNC Asheville.
• Coastal has set two programs records this season, including a 4-0 start to conference play and the largest margin of victory in a conference game (30 points at Longwood on Dec. 28).
• The Chanticleers tied the 1993-94 team for the most conference wins in program history with 10.
Proving Them Wrong
• After falling to Gardner-Webb in the 8 vs. 9 game of the Big South Tournament last season, the Chanticleers were picked to finish ninth in the league this season according to the league’s annual preseason poll of head coaches and media members.
• The Chanticleers ended their conference slate with a 10-10 record, finishing sixth in the final Big South standings.
Shooting The Cover Off
• While AJ Jordan may rank third in the Big South with a scoring average of 16.2, she leads the conference with 197 made field goals.
• In addition to her 197 field goals, Jordan has tallied 66 points at the free-throw line.
• Conversely, Kaylah Keys, the league’s leading scorer, has made 160 total field goals, including 70 3-pointers. Keys has also totaled a league-high 129 free throws.
Into The Record Books
• Senior Angelica Henry has placed her name in the Coastal Carolina record book in several career categories, including assists, steals, free throws made and free throws attempted.
• Henry is fourth in career assists with 311 and ranks sixth in steals with 189. She also ranks seventh in free throws made (243) and eighth in free throws attempted (343).
• AJ Jordan has moved into ninth on the CCU single season field goals made list with 197. She is nine makes away from passing Sherry Barnhill for eighth on the list.
Home Court Advantage
• The HTC Center, which opened in 2012, has been kind to the Chanticleers. Coastal is 19-11 at home since playing the inaugural game on Nov. 12, 2012. The Chants are 9-5 on their home floor this season and posted a 10-6 home mark last season.
• Coastal is averaging 75.7 points per game at The HTC Center this season, while owning a +9.4 scoring margin. Conversely, the Chants managed only 66.9 points on the road and a -6.8 scoring margin.