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Women's Basketball Set for Winthrop in the Big South Championship Quarterfinal

       

Women's Basketball Set for Winthrop in the Big South Championship Quarterfinal

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Date: Friday, March 13, 2009

Time: 2 p.m.

At: High Point, N.C. - Millis Athletic Center

Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 36-34

Radio: THE TEAM 93.9 FM (Chris Burgin and Randy Clemens)

Live Stats: Game Day Central at www.GoCCUsports.com

Live Video: www.bigsouthsports.com

 

Fifth-seeded Coastal Carolina will take on fourth-seeded Winthrop Friday, March 13 in High Point, N.C., at the Millis Athletic Center at 2 p.m. The two teams split the two regular season meetings with both squads getting the win on the road.  The last time these teams met in the Big South Tournament was in 2002, where Coastal Carolina earned the 58-56 victory over Winthrop.

 

Scouting the Lady Eagles (15-14, 9-7 Big South)

Winthrop enters the 2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Championship with a 15-14 overall record. The Lady Eagles closed out the regular season holding the Big South’s most potent offense, Charleston Southern, to 46 points to defeat the Lady Bucs 57-46. Winthrop has been paced by Ashley Fann’s 13.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season. Tiffany Rodd is a threat from behind the arc where she has hit 59 three-pointers this year and is the Big South’s all-time leader with 257 in her career.

 

Series vs. Winthrop

Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 36-34

Today’s contest marks the 71st meeting between these two squads with Coastal Carolina holding a 36-34 advantage in the series. The teams split the two-game series this season with each team winning away from their home court. The last time they met at the Big South Championship was March 1, 2002 when the seventh-seeded Chanticleers upset the sixth-seeded Lady Eagles 58-56.

 

Chanticleers vs. Lady Eagles This Season

Sydnei Moss

Sophomore Sydnei Moss has averaged 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in two contests against Winthrop. Moss went 3-for-4 from behind the arc knocking down 13 points in Rock Hill, before returning to Conway where she tied a career high with 22 points. Moss went 7-for-7 from the free throw line at Kimbel Arena and is shooting 87.5 percent from the charity stripe in the series.

 

Amanda Stull

Junior Amanda Stull is averaging 11.5 points in two games against Winthrop this season, including a 4-for-4 performance from three-point land at Kimbel Arena when the Chants hosted the Lady Eagles.

 

Kate Jasinski

Sophomore Kate Jasinski has played well in the two-game series with Winthrop this season. Jasinski is averaging 11.0 points and dishing out 4.0 assists per ball game with the Lady Eagles.

 

Courtney Grambley

Redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley hit a game-high 14 points in the first meeting with the Lady Eagles in Rock Hill. Grambley shot 50 percent from the field in the game and grabbed six rebounds and is averaging 8.5 points in the series this year.

 

CHANTICLEER NOTEBOOK

 

Chanticleers at the Big South Championship

Coastal Carolina is 13-22 all-time at the Big South Championship. Last season, the Chanticleers earned the fifth seed and bowed out in a quarterfinal loss to High Point. The Chants have advanced to the semifinal five times in the past 10 years.

 

Moss Hits Stride in Conference Play

Sophomore Sydnei Moss is averaging 14.8 points and 6.6 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 12.1 points and 6.9 boards. The North Augusta native now has hit double figures in the scoring column in 15 of the 16 league games played. The only team to hold her to single digits was Liberty (Jan. 26), where Moss had seven points.

 

21 in the 20’s

Sophomore Sydnei Moss hit the 20-point mark for the third time this season draining 20 points against Presbyterian (March 9). Moss hit 13 points in the first half on 66.6 percent shooting from the floor. Against Winthrop (March 2), Moss tied a career high of 22 points scoring 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 also set a career high knocking down 22 points at Wofford (Nov. 19) early in the season.

 

Defensive Battle Awaits

Coastal Carolina earned the fifth seed in the 2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Championship and is ranked third in the league in scoring defense holding opponents to 58.2 points per game this season. The Chanticleers have a quarterfinal meeting with Winthrop, the conference’s second-best defensive team that has limited teams to 56.0 points this year.

 

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 16 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 302 opponent turnovers, posted 52 blocks and average 9.4 steals per game in 16 victories this season.

 

Getting to the Line

The Chants are shooting 67.9 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 554 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 70.9 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.

 

Over 50

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 16 Big South Conference games, Coastal Carolina has three players averaging more than 30 minutes. Junior Amanda Stull averages 33.1 minutes. Sophomores Kate JasinskiSydnei Moss are averaging 31.5 and 31.0 minutes, respectively. and

 

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.

 

Crunching Some Numbers

Coastal Carolina finished the regular season with a 16-13 overall record to earn its fourth-consecutive .500+ season. The Chanticleers have averaged 17 victories a season during the four years under the tutelage of Head Coach Alan LeForce and assistant coaches Mark Kost, Shameka Montgomery and Frank Moorhead.

 

Stull Accepting Charity

Junior Amanda Stull has gone to the free throw line 136 times in 29 games and been perfect at the line in seven games. Stull earned her way to line 18 times at Alabama StateSouthern Virginia (Nov. 30), and a 7-for-7 outing against UNC Asheville (Jan. 3). (Dec. 29), where she converted 13 freebies. On the season, she is second in the Big South shooting 79.4 percent from the charity stripe and is ranked No. 82 in the country. The Rushville native has gone 108-for-136, which includes two 8-for-8 performances against Wofford (Nov. 19) and

 

Rookie Roundup

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.

 

S-E-N-I-O-R-S?

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.