#7 Coastal Carolina (9-17)
at #2 High Point (16-11)
Date:Tuesday, March 8
Place:Millis Center, High Point, N.C.
Series:Coastal leads 9-7
TV/Radio:THE TEAM 93.9 FM (Matt Hogue)
Lady Chants Start Second Season at High PointThe seventh seeded Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (9-17) travels to High Point, N.C., to take on the second seeded High Point University (16-11) Tuesday, March 8 in the opening round of the 2005 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Womens Basketball Tournament. Coastal is looking for a repeat performance of last season, when the Lady Chants defeated High Point in High Point 68-62 to advance to the semifinals. Coastal is coming off a heartbreaking 63-61 loss to Charleston Southern March 5.
Scouting HIgh PointHigh Point is the hottest team in the Big South, winning its last eight games, including a 77-50 win over Winthrop March 5 in its last game. The highlight win of the season came at Liberty Feb. 26, when the Panthers defeated the Lady Flames 62-53. High Point had two players on the All-Big South First Team (Katie ODell and Charlena Martin) and one player on the All-Freshman Team (Raven Truslow). ODell leads High Point with 15.0 points per game, while Martin is averaging 12.7 a contest.
High Point is coached by Tooey Loy, who is in his fourth season at High Point. The 2005 Big South Coach of the Year has a 61-52 overall record and at his alma mater.
Series vs. High PointCoastal Carolina leads the season series with High Point 9-7. High Poinot swept the season series with the Lady Chants, winning 65-47 in Conway and 61-52 in High Point. For a game story and stats on that contest at High Point, please turn to page 5 of the game notes. Coastal won two of the three meetings with the Panthers last season, including a 68-62 win in the first round of the Big South Tournament March 9, 2004. Head Coach Alan LeForce also is 9-7 all-time against High Point.
CCU in the Big South Tournament. The Lady Chants are 12-18 all-time in the Big South Tournament and have faced High Point twice all-time in the BSC Tourney. High Point defeated Coastal 65-60 in the first round of the 2000-01 season, but Coastal won at High Point 68-62 March 9, 2004. Coastal has won a first round game three years in a row.
Turner Named to the All-Big South Second TeamJunior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) has been named to the All-Big South Second Team. Turner played in 25 games and averaged 13.4 points a game in the regular season, which was fourth in the Big South. She also averaged 12.7 points in Big South games. The junior scored in double figures in 16 games and had three double-doubles in the last seven games. She scored a career-high 26 points in a 79-41 win over Coker Jan. 5 and put in 20 or more points on five occasions. She also leads the team with 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a contest. Her rebound total is sixth in the Big South while her blocks rank her fourth. Against Birmingham-Southern March 2, Turner had 22 points and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds. Her season high in steals was seven, set in a 51-47 win over UNC Wilmington Nov. 30.
Brown Named to All-Academic TeamSenior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) has been named to the Academic All-Big South Team. Brown played in all 26 games for the Lady Chanticleers, averaging 8.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a contest. She was ninth in the league in rebounding and pulled down 5.8 rebounds in Big South play. Brown had a season-high 23 points March 5 at Charleston Southern, hitting four three pointers in the process. She scored in double figures on nine occasions and had two games with 10 or more rebounds. Brown made 42 threes this season, most on the team. In the classroom, Brown has been a six-time member of the Deans List while maintaining a 3.629 grade point average in health promotions.
Brown on Fire at Charleston SouthernSenior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) scored 23 points, including 5-of-9 from three-point range, in Coastals 63-61 loss to Charleston Southern March 5. Brown was 8-of-14 from the field and had four rebounds and two blocked shots. She also went over the 700-point mark in her career against the Lady Bucs.
Turner Excels on BirthdayJunior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) celebrated her birthday in style March 2 against Birmingham-Southern. Turner had a game high 22 points and a career high 15 rebounds in the 68-53 loss. She also had two assists, three blocks and three steals against the Panthers.
Roses Return a SuccessJunior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) returned to the hardwood for the first time in eight games in a 52-48 loss to UNC Asheville. Rose went 4-of-5 from the field, including a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range. She had not played since an elbow injury in the Winthrop game Jan. 22.
Seniors Honored Before UNCASeniors Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) and Lucia Popovici (Edmonton, Alberta/Jasper Place) were honored on Senior Day before the UNC Asheville game. The duo have combined to score 1003 points and grab 709 rebounds in their Coastal careers.
Turner Goes for a Double-DoubleJunior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) scored 18 points and grabbed a career high 13 rebounds in the 59-53 win over Savannah State Feb. 24. Turner also had 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 61-52 loss to High Point Feb. 15. It was the second and third double-doubles of the season for a Coastal player. Junior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) went for 14 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Charleston Southern Jan. 29.
Ware Cool at the LineFreshman C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 2:04 to preserve a 59-53 win over Savannah State Feb. 24. On the season, Ware is 13-of-17 from the free throw line.
Lady Chants Come Through in the ClutchCoastal Carolina did not back down in crunch time in its 50-46 win over Radford Feb. 19. The Lady Chants hit 3-of-4 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws in the last four minutes against the Highlanders. Radford tied the game twice with under two minutes to go, but junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) and freshman C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) preserved the win for Coastal.
Nothing but Twine from the LineCoastal Carolina has been on fire from the free-throw line in wins over Birmingham-Southern and Winthrop. The Lady Chants were 16-of-19 (.842) from the charity stripe, while sophomore Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) was a perfect 5-of-5 from the line. Coastal was 11-of-13 from the line in an eight-point win over Winthrop Feb. 12.
Teammates Getting the Assist in Win over WinthropCoastal had 18 assists on 19 made field goals in the 53-45 win over Winthrop Feb. 12. Junior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) and senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) both had career highs in assists with seven and six, respectively.
Turner Comes Back to Score 20Junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) went 9-of-16 from the field to score a game-high 20 points in a 53-45 win over Winthrop. The junior missed the Birmingham-Southern game Feb. 7 due to an injury. Turner did not start the Winthrop game, but played 25 minutes off the bench.
Coastal Rebounds with Win over BSCCoastal Carolina outrebounded Birmingham-Southern 43-25 in its 55-42 win over Birmingham-Southern Feb. 7. The Lady Chants had three players with eight or more rebounds, inlcuidng junior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) 10 boards. Senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) had nine rebounds, while sophomore Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) had a career high eight. The plus-18 rebounding margin was the highest by the Lady Chants this season.
Brown, Young Crashing the BoardsSenior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) and junior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) both grabbed 10 rebounds in the 56-50 loss to Charleston Southern Jan. 29. Young made it her first career double-double, adding 14 points. It was also Coastals first double-double of the season. Young is averaging 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds this season.
Starters Not Fixed for CoastalCoastal Carolina has used 11 different starting lineups in 26 games. Junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) started the first 17 games, but sat out the Birmingham-Southern contest due to injury. Freshman C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) made her first career start Jan. 29 against Charleston Southern and scored five points and had five rebounds in a 56-50 loss. Sophomore Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) made her first start against Radford Feb. 19.
Charity is the KeyCoastal is 5-0 when it makes more free throws than its opponent, compared to 4-17 when it equals or is less than its opponents hits from the charity stripe. Against Winthrop Feb. 12, Coastal was 11-of-13 from the line in the 53-45 win.
Chants Clean Up the Boards Against RadfordCoastal had a season high 45 rebounds in the 55-41 loss to Radford Jan. 17. Senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) and junior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) had seven rebounds apiece, while sophomore Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) had six rebounds, all in the first half. The Lady Chants outrebounded the Highlanders 45-39 and it was the first time in the last eight contests that Radford has been outrebounded.
Coastal Keeps Libertys "O" in CheckAlthough Coastal Carolina lost 59-50 in its Big South Conference opener against Liberty, the Lady Chants defense held the Lady Flames to 35.9 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range. They also held All-America candidate Katie Feenstra to just 14 points, more than three below her season average. Last season, Feenstra averaged 26.0 points against Coastal in two games. The big difference of the game was that the Lady Flames had a 29-10 advantage on made free-throw attempts.
Lady Chants Fire Up Against CokerCoastal Carolina had its best shooting performance in almost a year against Coker. CCU went 30-of-53 from the field for 56.6 percent. It was the first time this season that the Lady Chants went above 50 percent line and the first time since March 1, 2004, in a 67-43 win over Birmingham-Southern.
From the Land of Three...Amber RoseJunior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) hit four three-pointers for the second consecutive game in a 79-41 win over Coker Jan. 5. Rose was an efficient 4-of-5 from three-point range for 12 points. Roses four treys were the most by a Coastal player this season. On the year, Rose is 22-of-63 (.349) from behind the line.
Coastal Charitable in Coker WinCoastal had 20 assists in the 79-41 win over Coker Jan. 5, including five each from senior Lucia Popovici (Edmonton, Alberta/Jasper Place) and junior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman). In fact, Popovici had all her assists in the first half. Coastal is averaging 12.3 assists per game, which is third in the Big South.
Turner Has a Block PartyJunior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) had three blocked shots for the fourth time this season against Birmingham-Southern March 2. Turner has 31 blocked shots on the season and had four blocks against High Point Jan. 24.
Laug Makes Most of Her ChancesSophomore Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) had a career high 15 points off the bench in a 73-45 win over Savannah State Dec. 16. She connected on five of her seven field-goal attempts and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Coastal Jumps on Tigers in WinCoastal got off to a hot start in its 73-45 win over Savannah State Dec. 16. The Lady Chants lead 11-0 just 2:50 into the game and had a 22-point lead (30-8) at the 7:41 mark. Coastal led by as many as 28 points in the first 20 minutes on its way to its largest winning margin since last years season opener against Anderson, in which the Lady Chants won 76-48.
Young Has Career Day vs. Tar HeelsJunior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) had a career-high 16 points in a 94-52 loss to fifth-ranked North Carolina Dec. 12. Young was 6-of-13 from the field and hit three three-pointers. She upped her scoring average from 5.3 to 7.4 points per game.
The Comeback Kids ... AlmostCoastal Carolina almost came back from an 18-point deficit in its 67-65 loss to Appalachian State Dec. 2. The Lady Chants were down 25-7 with 8:42 left in the first half, but cut the lead to eight at the half. Coastal outscored ASU 38-32 in the second half and tied the game twice, the last with 7:22 left. Junior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) had a shot to win with two seconds left, but her shot was blocked.
Brown Makes a StatementSenior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) came off the bench to score 18 points and eight rebounds Dec. 2 against Appalachian State. Brown was 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range. She also added two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. On the year, Brown is averaging 8.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a game.
LeForce Earns His 100th Victory at Coastal in Win over UNCWCoastal head coach Alan LeForce earned his 100th victory at Coastal Carolina with a 51-47 win over UNC Wilmington Nov. 30. LeForce is the only coach in Division I to win 100 games in both mens and womens basketball and only the second coach in all NCAA divisions. He has an overall 107-116 record at CCU. LeForce is the winningest head coach in Coastal womens basketball history, passing Gina Markland Feb. 23, 2004. Overall, LeForce is 347-296 in 22 years as a head coach.
Chanticleers Picked Eighth in the Big SouthThe Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team was selected to finish eighth in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll, as voted by the Leagues Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors. The announcement was made at the Westin Hotel in downtown Charlotte as part of the 2004-05 Basketball Tip-Off Media Luncheon.
For the second year in a row, Liberty was unanimously selected to win its eighth-straight regular-season crown, which set a Conference record. The Lady Flames have gone undefeated in Conference play for two straight years, and have won 38 consecutive Big South contests, dating back to the 2001-02 season. High Point was voted second, while UNC Asheville, Radford and Charleston Southern round out the top five. Birmingham-Southern placed sixth in the womens poll, followed by Winthrop at seventh and Coastal Carolina eighth.
Hi, My Name is ...Coastal will have seven new players on the roster this season and will have a whole new starting lineup. All five starters from the 2003-04 season exhausted their eligibility, including Coastals all-time leading scorer Nikki Reddick. The lineup for the Appalachian State game featured a true senior (Lucia Popovici), a redshirt junior (Amber Rose), two junior-college transfers (Kim Turner and Jasmine Tyler) and a sophomore (Alisha Dill). Turner and Tyler join junior Demaria Young, junior Kristy Yurichak, freshman C.J. Ware and redshirt freshman Samantha Carver as eligible newcomers. Sophomore Joanna Pekonen also is a newcomer on the roster, but will not be eligible until 2005-06 due to the NCAA transfer rule.
Dill Dishes Out Eight Assists Against AndersonSophomore Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) had a career high eight assists in Coastals 77-74 loss to Anderson Nov. 19. Her previous career best was four last season at Appalachian State Jan. 3 and Winthrop Feb. 21. Dill also added eight points, five rebounds and three steals in the game.
Turner Makes Debut in StyleJunior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwassee C.C.) scored 16 points and added five rebounds in her first career game in a Coastal uniform, a 77-74 loss to Anderson Nov. 19. Turner added five rebounds and had two blocked shots. Juniors Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) and Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) each had eight points in their debuts.
Senior LeadershipCoastal has two seniors on the squad this season. Redshirt senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) averaged 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds last season while playing in 24 games. Brown also missed four games due to injury last season. Senior Lucia Popovici (Edmonton, Alberta/Jasper Place) is penciled in as a starting center after averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 2003-04.
Coastal Adds SIze to RosterCoastal has eight players on its 2004-05 roster that are six feet or taller, led by junior Kristy Yurichak (Walton Hills, Ohio/Lakeland C.C.), who is 6-4. Sophomore Joanna Pekonen (Lappeenranta, Finland/Lafayette), who is ineligible to compete in games this season, is 6-3. Coastal has two 6-1 players and four players at six feet.
Carver Returns to CourtRedshirt freshman Samantha Carver (Flemingsburg, Ky/Fleming County) will make her return to basketball this season after missing all of 2003-04 to rehabilitation of a torn ACL. In high school, Carver averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds a game and was named a Louisville Courier-Journal All-State honorable mention.
Injury UpdateJunior Kristy Yurichak (Walton Hills, Ohio/Lakeland C.C.) is out for the season (back).
Radio BroadcastsThe Coastal Carolina womens baskeball team will have at least 11 games on radio this season, tipping off with a home game against Savannah State University Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. All Coastal womens basketball radio broadcasts are on "THE TEAM" 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach. All games also will be available on Coastal Carolinas athletic website at www.GoCCUSports.com.
Game Day CentralAll the Coastal womens basketball games this season will have a Game Day Central link on www.GoCCUSports.com, which will feature roster, schedules and stats for both teams as well as links to any live audio or live stats. Just click on the G under the womens basketball schedule for access to the Game Day Central.
Up NextIf Coastal defeats High Point on Tuesday, the Lady Chants will face either Radford or UNC Asheville Friday, March 11, at 8:30 p.m.