Gibson Named All-Conference; Chants Set for Sun Belt Tournament

       

March 6, 2017

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NEW ORLEANS, La. - Senior point guard Ced Gibson was voted a second team All-Sun Belt selection, it was announced Monday morning as the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team boarded a flight for New Orleans to compete in its first Sun Belt Conference Championship.

It is the second consecutive season that Gibson was voted second team all-conference, and the High Point, N.C., native becomes the first Chanticleer to receive All-Sun Belt honors.

Gibson and the Chanticleers open the conference tournament from Lakefront Arena on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. CT. Coastal, the eighth seed, squares off against ninth-seeded Appalachian State for the third time this season.

All games will be broadcast on ESPN3. Please follow the streaming and live stats links below for Tuesday's game.

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Gibson Voted All-Sun Belt
Gibson finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 in the Sun Belt in scoring, assists, free throw percentage, steals, 3-point field goals made, assists/turnover ratio and minutes played.

She led Coastal averaging over 14 points per game for the season, and elevated her play during the conference schedule to average over 15 points. The senior scored in double figures in 21 of her 26 games played, surpassed 20 points in five games, and set the team's season scoring mark with 26 points against Louisiana to match her career high in points.

Gibson ranked among the top three student-athletes in the Sun Belt in assists for most of the season, and dished out five or more assists in 10 of her 26 appearances.

On Feb. 23, Gibson recorded 14 points in a win over ULM to become the 14th student-athlete in Coastal women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points. Gibson has also steadily worked her way up among Coastal's all-time career assists leaders, and currently ranks sixth with 301 career helpers.

Coastal vs. App State
Coastal and App are meeting for the eighth time overall, with the Mountaineers leading the all-time series 4-3. Coastal swept App State in the season series, however, winning 60-55 in Conway on Jan. 14 before finishing the regular season with 56-53 victory in Boone, N.C. on March 4.

Both regular-season wins featured Coastal overcoming double-digit deficits in the second half.

Coastal trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter of the Jan. 14 victory, but outscored App State 35-21 in the second half, including 18-8 in the fourth quarter.

The March 4 win featured a more impressive comeback, as the Chants rallied from 19 points down early in the third quarter. Coastal outscored App State 38-21 during the second half, including a 16-7 margin in the fourth quarter.

In the two games against the Mountaineers this season, the Chants were led by Gibson and Alexis Robinson. The former averaged 12.0 points and 5.0 assists, while the latter averaged 10.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in the pair of the games.

Coastal enters its first Sun Belt tournament riding a season-high three-game winning streak.

Historically Speaking
It is the second time in the last three seasons that Coastal opens a conference tournament against the same team it closed the regular season with.

Coastal ended the 2014-15 season against UNC Asheville, and had to the face the Bulldogs in the first round of the 2015 Big South Championship. The Chants, who entered the tournament as the ninth seed, fell in both games.

Appalachian State is the only Sun Belt team that Coastal swept during the regular season.

Coastal played in 30 conference tournaments as a member of the Big South, posting a 14-30 overall record. The Chants were the eighth seed just twice during that time, and suffered first-round losses on both occasions.

Coastal's last win in a conference tournament was against Charleston Southern in the first round 2013-14 Big South tournament. It was head coach Jaida Williams' first season with the Chants.

Moving On
The winner of Tuesday's game between Coastal and App State advances to Thursday's 11:30 a.m. CT quarterfinal, where it will face top-seeded Little Rock, who won the Sun Belt's regular season championship with a near-perfect 17-1 conference record.

First Team All-Conference
Sharde' Collins (Little Rock, G, Senior, Sociology)
Kaitlyn Pratt (Little Rock, F, Senior, Social Work)
Jaylyn Gordon (Louisiana, G, Senior, General Studies)
Rebekah VanDijk (UTA, C, Junior, Pre-Law)
Caitlyn Ramirez (Troy, F, Senior, Psychology)

Second Team All-Conference
Ced Gibson (Coastal Carolina, G, Senior, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Patrice Butler (Georgia Southern, F/C, Senior, Sports Management)
Angel McGowan (Georgia Southern, G, Senior, Mathematics)
Simone Fields (Louisiana, F/C, Junior, Informatics)
Cierra Johnson (UTA, G, Junior, Child Psychology)

Third Team All-Conference
Joi Jones (Appalachian State, G, Senior, Biology)
Madi Story (Appalachian State, F, Junior, Exercise Science)
Jada Lewis (Georgia State, G, Freshman)
Chyna Ellis (South Alabama, C, Junior, Allied Health)
Taeler Deer (Texas State, G, Junior, Exercise/Sport Science)

Player of the Year
Sharde' Collins (Little Rock, G, Senior, Sociology)

Defensive Player of the Year
Cierra Johnson (UTA, G, Junior, Child Psychology)

Freshman of the Year
Jada Lewis (Georgia State, G, Freshman)

Newcomer of the Year
Tiffany Holston (Georgia State, F, Graduate)

Coach of the Year
Joe Foley, Little Rock

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