Adams, Williams Named All-Conference; Chants Prepared for Sun Belt Championship
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Senior guard Jas Adams and sophomore guard DJ Williams have been named first and second team All-Sun Belt, respectively. The league announced its all-conference and specialty award winners on Monday as the Chanticleers readied themselves to face No. 10 Georgia State in the first round of the Sun Belt Championship Tuesday at 5 p.m. (CT) from Lakefront Arena.
Adams becomes the first Coastal women's basketball student-athlete to garner first team All-Sun Belt honors since the Chants moved to the conference prior to the 2016-17 season. She is additionally the first Chant to be named first team all-conference since the 2014-15 season.
Adams, who has played and started in all 29 games for the Coastal this year, leads the Sun Belt in both scoring (18.8 ppg) and minutes (36.3 mpg), and is the only player in the conference this season to surpass 500 points. The team's lone senior, Adams has scored in double figures in all but three games, and has scored 20 or more points in 12 games. Adams also ranks second in 3-pointers per game (2.7), third in free-throw percentage (81.0), fourth 3-point percentage (38.7), and 20th in rebounding. Adams was a three-time conference Player of the Week this season.
Williams is the second Chant to garner second team All-Sun Belt honors, following Ced Gibson in 2016-17.
Williams ranks in the top 10 in the Sun Belt in six categories. The sophomore guard is second in assists (4.8 apg), fourth in steals (1.9 spg), fifth in scoring (15.2 ppg), seventh in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and assist/turnover ratio, and 10th in minutes (32.1 mpg). Williams has scored in double figures in 23 of Coastal's 29 games, and has surpassed 20 points in seven games. Williams is Coastal's assists leader, dishing out five or more helpers in 13 games, including a season high of 10. She is also second on the team with five double-doubles.
Coastal and Georgia State are meeting for the sixth time. The Chants hold a 3-2 edge in the all-time series following a 64-49 victory over the Panthers on Jan. 13 at the HTC Center. It was the only game between the schools this season.
Coastal and GSU played each other twice last season, with the away team winning each game.
Coastal is making its second appearance in the Sun Belt Women's Basketball Championship. The Chants' tournament debut at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season resulted in a 79-58 loss to ninth-seeded Appalachian State.
Historically, Coastal is making its 14th appearance as a seventh seed in a conference tournament. The Chants were 4-9 as seven seeds in their 31 seasons as member of the Big South Conference.
Recapping the Regular Season
Coastal's 16-13 record this season was its highest overall finish since going 17-13 in 2009-10. It is also the highest overall finish in the Jaida Williams era. Coastal's 10 conference victories, meanwhile, matched that of the 2013-14 season when the Chants finished 10-10 in league play.
Coastal's 13 home wins this season are the most in program history, topping the previous record of 11. Its three away wins, however, were the least since winning two on the road in the 2014-15 season.
Coastal's longest winning streak this season was three games, which it reached twice. The longest losing streak of the season was four games. The Chants played some of their best basketball toward the end of the regular season as they won five of six games to finish off their schedule.
Scouting Georgia State
Georgia State (8-21, 4-14) won two of five games to finish off the regular season. Its final win included an 85-78 upset of fourth-seeded Troy, and the Panthers' loss in the season finale was by one point to fifth-seeded South Alabama.
Tuesday's contest will be GSU's first neutral-site game of the season. The Panthers were 1-13 in games outside their own arena this year, with the lone win coming at Georgia Southern on Feb. 17.
Three Panthers average double-figure points, including Kierra Henry (14.1 ppg), Shay Fluker (13.9 ppg) and Madison Newby (11.4 ppg). Fluker is also GSU's leader on the boards, hauling in 5.5 rebounds per game.
In the only game between the teams this season, Coastal scored 18 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a commanding lead by halftime. The Chants remained ahead by double figures for the entirety of the second half.
The winner of Tuesday's first round game will advance to face second-seeded Texas State in the 5 p.m. (CT) quarterfinal on Thursday.
Coastal is 1-1 against Texas State this season, winning at the HTC Center and falling on the road in San Marcos.