Women's Basketball Ends Regular Season at Presbyterian Monday Night
Date:Monday, March 9, 2009
At:Clinton, S.C. - RossE.TempletonP.E.Center
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 11-4
Broadcast/Radio: Game Day Central at - THE TEAM 93.9 FM (Chris Burgin and Randy Clemens)
Coastal Carolina is looking to sweep the series against Presbyterian tonight in its regular season finale. The Chanticleers defeated the Blue Hose 56-39 in Conway February 2 and were led by sophomore Kate Jasinski’s 16 points. Sophomore Sydnei Moss will look to score in double figures for the 10th consecutive game tonight, while the Chanticleers search for their 16th victory of the season, which would tie last year’s win total. Presbyterian will play its final game of the season tonight as it is not eligible for the 2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Women’s Basketball Championships.
Scouting the Blue Hose (4-24, 1-14 Big South)
The Blue Hose earned their first Big South Conference victory against Gardner-Webb (Feb. 21). In that game, Presbyterian was led by Katlin Moore, who drained 20 points, shooting 8-for-11 from the floor, while Chelsea Wright tallied 10 points and 15 rebounds in the win. The Blue Hose are a young squad made up of two juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen. Moore leads the team in scoring averaging 11.8 points per contest, while Amanda Mills contributes 11.6 points on average.
Series vs. Presbyterian
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 11-4
Coastal Carolina took the first meeting between these two squads in a 56-39 decision in February. The Chanticleers ruled the boards holding a 39-16 advantage after 40 minutes of play. Sophomore Kate Jasinski scored 16 points for the Chanticleers, while junior Amanda Stull had 12 boards.
Moss Hits Stride in Conference Play
Sophomore Sydnei Moss is averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 boards per contest in Big South action. During non-conference play, Moss averaged 8.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest and now leads the team in both categories with 11.9 points and 6.9 boards. The North Augusta native now has hit double figures in the scoring column in 14 of the 15 league games played. The only team to hold her to single digits was Liberty (Jan. 26), where Moss had seven points.
21 for 22
Sophomore Sydnei Moss hit the 20-point mark for the second time this season tying her career high of 22 points against Winthrop (March 2). Moss had nine points in the first half and shot 100 percent (3-for-3) from the field. Moss then hit 13 second-half points, including a 5-for-5 performance at the foul line. She finished the game 7-of-7 at the charity stripe and narrowly missed her third double-double of the season tallying nine rebounds. Moss first knocked down 22 points at Wofford (Nov. 19) early in the season.
Stull Receives Academic All-District Honors
Junior Amanda Stull was named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III University First Team Thursday, Feb. 5, as announced by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). With this honor, Stull was on the national ballot for Academic All-America honors. As a biology major, Stull carries a 3.94 grade-point average and is the only player to start all but one gamed for the Chanticleers this season. She is averaging 10.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.92 assists per game. Stull has four double-doubles on the year and has scored in double figures 13 times, including a career-high 25 points at UNC Asheville (Feb. 9).
Defense Gets it Done
In Coastal Carolina’s 15 wins this season, the Chants have limited their opponents to 49.1 points per game and their strong defense has forced teams to shoot 33.7 percent from the field. When Coastal Carolina is on the losing end, it has surrendered 70.2 points per game to its competition. On the glass, Coastal Carolina holds a 619-557advantage over opponents when it is victorious, but slips behind 543-390 on the boards in its 13 losses. They have also generated 283 opponent turnovers, posted 49 blocks and average 9.3 steals per game in 15 victories this season.
Getting to the Line
The Chants are shooting 68.4 percent from the free throw line to sit in second place in the Big South. Another significant number here is Coastal Carolina has gone to the line 544 times, the most in the conference. The Chanticleers were sent to the foul line 34 times (24-of-34) at Alabama State (Dec. 29) and went 25-for-29 at Wofford (Nov. 19). The Chants also went to the charity stripe 32 times against UNC Asheville (Jan. 3) and converted 26 of them shooting 81.3 percent from the line. Coastal Carolina is shooting 72.0 percent from the charity stripe during conference play.
Sidelined for the Season
Junior Lori Whitaker is expected to redshirt this season, while transfer Lindsey Waters will sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. Redshirt junior Elizabeth Weaver played five games this year, but will miss the rest of the season due to injury.
It’s Block and White
Sophomore Katie White tied a Coastal Carolina program record for most blocks in a single game, tallying seven against UNC Wilmington (Dec. 18). White’s defensive prowess led her to five first-half blocks, and she rejected two more shots in the second frame. The 6-3 center has a team-leading 44 blocks this season, and is second in the league and No. 66 in the country, averaging 1.83 per game.
Coastal Carolina shot 64.5 percent from the field in the first half against UNC Asheville (Feb. 9) and finished the game shooting 51.9 percent from the floor. The last time the Chanticleers shot better than 50 percent from the field was Jan. 7, 2008 against Morris (50.6 percent).
30 Minutes and Counting...
In 15 Big South Conference games, Coastal Carolina has three players averaging more than 30 minutes. Junior Amanda Stull averages 33.1 minutes. Sophomores Kate Jasinski and Sydnei Moss are averaging 31.5 and 31.0 minutes, respectively.
Jasinski On Point
Sophomore point guard Kate Jasinski returned to the floor for the Chanticleers Jan. 31 against Gardner-Webb after missing two games because of an injury and is averaging 12.0 points and 4.1 assists since her return. The Toledo, Ohio native is perfect at the free throw line going 11-for-11 in eight contests.
Road Testing the Chants
Coastal Carolina is 5-8 on the road. The Chanticleers have been outscored 64.5-56.1 and allowed opponents to grab 44.0 rebounds, while collecting only 33.0 boards in the eight road losses.
Stull Accepting Charity
Junior Amanda Stull has gone to the free throw line 136 times in 27 games and been perfect at the line in seven games. Stull earned her way to line 18 times at AlabamaState (Dec. 29), where she converted 13 freebies. On the season, she is second in the Big South shooting 79.2 percent from the charity stripe and is ranked No. 89 in the country. The Rushville native has gone 108-for-136, which includes two 8-for-8 performances against Wofford (Nov. 19) and Southern Virginia (Nov. 30), and a 7-for-7 outing against UNC Asheville (Jan. 3).
Even as a junior, Kendra Reynolds is still a rookie for the Chanticleers, but Reynolds is playing as a veteran. Reynolds has picked up three double-doubles and set a personal best of 18 points at Charleston Southern (Jan. 10). Freshmen Olivia Irick and Taylor Epley have earned playing time as well. Irick got her first career start at Radford (Jan. 24) and is averaging 3.9 points a game and has knocked down 16 three-pointers, while Epley is adding 1.5 rebounds per contest.
Coastal Carolina’s 2008-09 roster lists no seniors. This is the first time in Head Coach Alan LeForce’s 12 years he will be missing that senior leadership. However, the 2008-09 squad is rich in talent and experience. LeForce believes this is one of the most talented groups he and his staff have ever assembled at Coastal Carolina.
2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Women’s Basketball Championships
Date: Friday, March 13
At:High Point, N.C. - Millis Athletic Center
A Coastal Carolina win tonight would guarantee no lower than the fifth seed in the upcoming 2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Women’s Basketball Championships. A loss could drop the Chanticleers into a three-way tie for fifth with UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb, which would then be decided by head-to-head records, where Coastal Carolina holds the 4-0 advantage.