March 5, 2013
No. 8 seed Coastal Carolina (13-15, 8-10 Big South)
No. 9 seed Gardner-Webb (12-17, 5-13 Big South)
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina starts its road to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 8 seed in the 2013 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. The Chanticleers face ninth-seeded Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at The HTC Center.
Radio Broadcast: The Coastal Carolina – Gardner-Webb game can be heard onSports Radio 100.3 “The Team” with Aaron Marks on the call.
Online Audio Link: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/coastal.portal#
Live Stats: Available at GoCCUSports.com
Video Stream: Big South Network
Series: Coastal Carolina trails 5-6
Streak: Won 3
Last 10: 4-6
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to tie the game and send it to overtime. Shatia Cole provided the game-winner in the extra session on an old-fashioned 3-point play with 8.1 seconds remaining.
• The Chanticleers seek their first Big South Tournament win since defeating Charleston Southern 52-44 in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 tournament.
• Angelica Henry finished the regular season as the Chants’ leading scorer, averaging 11.4, good for 14th in the Big South Conference.
• Coastal has been one of the hottest teams in league play over the second half of the season, scoring wins in six of its final nine games.
• Coastal’s guard combo of Shatia Cole, Angelica Henry and AJ Jordan have accounted for 844 of the Chants’ 1,594 points (52.9 percent) this season.
• Although Coastal Carolina has deployed five different starting lineups this season, the starters have found ways to score. Chanticleer starters have accounted for 1,261 of Coastal’s 1,594 points (79.1 percent). Coastal’s current lineup of Cole, Jordan, Henry, Puckett and Connor is 9-6 this season.
Coastal In The Big South Tournament
Coastal Carolina holds a 14-26 (.350) all-time record in the Big South Tournament. The Chanticleers have made a trio of championship game appearances (1999, 2000, 2002), but have yet to claim the tournament title. The Chanticleers posted their most recent tournament win in 2009 as the squad eliminated Charleston Southern 52-44 in the quarterfinal round. Coastal has lost its last three tournament games, including a 78-57 quarterfinal loss to High Point in last year’s tournament.
Chanticleers vs. Runnin’ Bulldogs
Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb have started to build a back-and-forth rivalry since the Runnin’ Bulldogs joined the Big South prior to the 2008-09 season. Gardner-Webb holds a slight 6-5 lead through the first 11 games of the series. Coastal won the first two games of the series before Gardner-Webb reeled off six straight wins; however, the Chants have rebounded to win the last three games, including both regular season games this season.
The sides have met once in the Big South Tournament with Gardner-Webb taking a 64-56 decision in the semifinal round of the 2010 tournament.
Home Sweet Home
Although the Chanticleers will play from the No. 8 seed in the 2013 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championship, they will have one distinct advantage. The entirety of the tournament will be played on Coastal’s home floor of The HTC Center. Coastal concluded their first season in the newly minted building with a 10-5 record. The Chants have always been a tough challenge on their home floor, owning an 87-41 record in Conway since the 2003-04 season.
Jordan Named To BSC All-Academic Team
AJ Jordan was named to the Big South’s All-Academic Team as voted on by the league’s sports information directors.
Jordan holds a team-high 3.558 GPA as a communication major. The 5-foot-8 shooting guard has started every game this season. She finished the regular season tied for second on the team with 9.6 points per game average. Her team-high 40.9 shooting percentage is good for eighth in the Big South, while her 5.8 boards per game ranks 18th. The Coalfield, Tenn., native has led Coastal in the scoring column on nine occasions, including her career-high 21-point performance against Charleston Southern on Jan. 5. She notched her first career double-double with a 10-point, 12-assist effort against Southern Virginia. She then picked up a traditional double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Longwood.
In her Chanticleer career, Jordan has garnered Dean’s List honors in both the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semester. She was also named a member of the 2012-13 Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
On The Verge Of Cracking The Record Book
Junior Angelica Henry is a single steal away from cracking the Coastal Carolina single season top-10 list. Henry has recorded 71 steals in 28 games for a 2.53 per game average. Henry trails Pam Williams (1985-86) and Michelle Minton (1992-93) who are tied for ninth spot on the all-time list with 72 steals in a season.
CCU Single Season Steals
6. Debra Smith (1980-81) - 80
7. Nikki Reddick (2001-02) - 76
8. Temecca Barnes (2003-04) - 74
9. Pam Williams (1985-86) - 72
Michelle Minton (1992-93) - 72
11. Angelica Henry (2012-13) - 71
On This Date
Coastal Carolina holds a 0-1 record in games played on March 6 since the 1985-86 season (Coastal Carolina’s record book reflects dates back to the 1985-86 season). Coastal fell at home to Charleston Southern 69-77 in overtime in the regular season finale of the 2004 season.