Women's Basketball Opens 2007-08 Slate Sunday Against Wofford
Coastal Women’s Hoops Opens Season with Home Game Against Wofford
The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team (0-0) lifts the lid on the 2007-08 season Sunday, Nov. 11, with a 2 p.m., matchup against Wofford (0-0) in Kimbel Arena. Coastal opens the season by playing four of its first five games in Conway and hosts Southern Conference schools the first two outings. Coastal returns eight letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 18-11 overall and 9-5 in the Big South Conference.
This will be the first game of the season for Wofford, who went 13-16 overall and 7-11 in the Southern for a sixth-place finish. The Terriers return their top three scorers from last season, including Kelsi Koenig, who averaged 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. Guard Liz Miller was not far behind Koenig, as she averaged 10.2 points and 3.1 assists. Wofford is coached by Edgar Farmer (North Carolina ’94), who is in his fourth year in Spartanburg. He has a 24-61 record at the school and in his head coaching career.
Series vs. Wofford
This series starts up after not being played since the 2003-04 season. Coastal owns a 5-0 record against the Terriers and defeated Wofford 65-55 on Nov. 28, 2003. This will be Farmer’s first game against Coastal, while LeForce owns a 2-0 record against Wofford.
Coastal in Season Openers
Coastal Carolina is 16-17 all-time in season openers and has won eight of its last nine lidlifters. Under head coach Alan LeForce, Coastal is 8-2 in season openers. Last season, the Lady Chanticleers got 26 points from Alisha Dill and 14 from Calisha Yates in defeating the College of Charleston 70-56 in Charleston, S.C. Coastal’s home opener last season was a 90-31 win over Southern Virginia on Nov. 20, 2006.
Chanticleers Picked Sixth in the Big South
The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Big South Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll, the conference announced at its annual Media Day Oct. 9 in Charlotte, N.C.
Coastal earned 77 points and were five points away from the fourth spot. Radford was picked to win the League, garnering 16 first-place votes and 162 points. Liberty earned the second spot with nine first-place votes and 156 points. Defending Big South Tournament champion UNC Asheville was picked third with 113 points. Defending regular season champion High Point followed in fourth with 81 points. They were followed by Winthrop (80 points), Coastal and Charleston Southern (31).
Liberty’s Megan Frazee was selected the Big South Player of the Year, getting 112 points and 17 first-place votes. She was joined on the team by Radford’s Kelli Darden and Corrie Fertitta, UNC Asheville’s Ashton Barton and Winthrop’s Ashley Fann.
Coastal Gets Early Start on Season
Coastal will have its earliest start to a season by five days with its tipoff against Wofford. Coastal opened last year’s schedule on Nov. 16 and started on Nov. 17 in both the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.
Head Coach Alan LeForce
Coastal head coach Alan LeForce (Cumberland (Ky.) ’57) is starting his 11th season as the Lady Chanticleers’ mentor. He has a 143-138 record at CCU and a 383-318 overall record in 25 seasons as a head coach. LeForce is the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in CCU history and is the only coach to win 100 games in both Division I men’s and women’s basketball.
New Faces for the Chants
Coastal Carolina will have five new faces on the roster this season. Freshman Katie White (St. Charles, Ill./East) was a four-time all-conference player at East High School and is penciled in as the starter at center for the season opener. Freshman Kate Jasinski (Toledo, Ohio/Penn (Ind.)) was on the All-Northern Indiana Conference team her senior year at Penn High School. She will she playing time at point guard this season. Freshmen Sydnei Moss (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta) and Jessica Noll (Myrtle Beach, S.C./St. James) both were named to the All-South Carolina First Team last year. Both should see playing time in their first year at Coastal. Freshman Courtney Grambley (Morrow, Ohio/Little Miami) helped Little Miami to the state semifinals her junior year and will be in the rotation this season.
Coastal Returns Three All-Freshman Team Members
Three members of last year’s Big South All-Freshman Team returns to the Lady Chanticleers’ lineup this season. Sophomores Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River), Devin Rivers (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Amanda Stull (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidated) doubled the number of All-Freshman Team members in Coastal history. Lisa O’Connor (1997-98), Brooke Weisbrod (1997-98) and Nikki Reddick (1999-2000) were Coastal’s previous All-Freshman Team members.
Lyons averaged 7.9 points, which is second on the team, and 2.3 rebounds a game. She had a season high 30 points in an 85-78 win over Howard Nov. 26 and hit five three-pointers against second-ranked North Carolina Dec. 18. Lyons was a two-time Big South Freshman of the Week and set the school record for three-pointers in a season by a freshman (44). She scored in double figures 10 times this season and had seven rebounds in a game twice.
Rivers averaged 3.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game her freshman season. She was second on the team in blocked shots with 19. Rivers was selected the Big South Freshman of the Week Dec. 18 and had eight points, eight rebounds and three steals in a win over North Greenville Dec. 13. Rivers had nine rebounds Jan. 15 against Radford and tied a Coastal high with five steals Jan. 4 against Coker.
Stull averaged 4.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 2006-07. She was a two-time Big South Freshman of the Week honoree and shot 45.1 percent from the field. She scored nine points in a game twice and grabbed eight rebounds in a win over Savannah State Jan. 9. Stull had 37 steals on the year and had four in a win over Winthrop Jan. 31. She also had a season-high eight assists in a win over Converse Dec. 31.
Coastal Looks to Replace Scoring Load from Last Year
The four Coastal Carolina seniors on last year’s squad accounted for 34.4 of the 62.7 points (54.9 percent) scored, led by Alisha Dill’s 22.5 points per game. Dill was sixth in the country in points per game last year. Sophomore Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River) is the team’s top returning scorer, as she averaged 7.9 points per game.
Youth Will Be Served on Lady Chants Roster
Eleven of Coastal’s 14 players on its 2007-08 roster are either freshmen or sophomores athletically. There are three seniors on the roster, C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside), Vicky Blanchard (Eutawville, S.C./Holly Hill Roberts) and Joanna Pekonen (Lappeenranta, Finland/Makelanrinne (Lafayette)).
All CCU Games to be Broadcast on the Internet
For the second straight year, the Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team will have every regular-season and post-season game broadcast on the internet. Beginning with the season opener Nov. 11 against Wofford, all 27 games will be available on www.GoCCUSports.com. The broadcast will start 10 minutes prior to tipoff.
Describing the action will be Chris Burgin who enters his first year as “Voice of the Lady Chanticleers.” Burgin comes to Coastal Carolina after spending the last eight years as play-by-play voice for future Big South Conference rival Presbyterian College. During his tenure with the Blue Hose, Chris handled the broadcasts for football; men’s and women’s basketball; along with baseball and softball. He was behind the microphone when the PC football team won the South Atlantic Conference championship and recorded the school’s first NCAA football playoff appearance in 2005. Burgin was also witness to a Division II “Sweet 16” trip by the men’s basketball team in 2003 and numerous appearances in the postseason by the women’s basketball squad. Burgin, a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina, is currently employed by SportsRadio 1410 WPCC in Clinton.
In addition, every post-season game, beginning with the 2008 Advance Auto Parts Big South Tournament March 14 in Asheville, N.C., will be broadcast on both www.GoCCUSports.com and THE TEAM 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach.
Big South to Video Stream All Women’s Basketball Conference Games
Coastal Carolina will video stream all home games this season on THE EDGE, the Big South’s streaming website. Coastal will also have every game of the Big South schedule on THE EDGE as well as every game of the 2008 Advance Auto Parts Big South Tournament in Asheville, N.C.
The video stream of women’s basketball games and all Big South events, which will also be available on a video-on-demand basis for subscribers of The EDGE, requires a high-speed internet connection (DSL, cable or above), Microsoft Windows Media Player 9.0 or greater downloaded and installed, and a screen resolution of 800x600 or greater, among other requirements. An annual subscription of The EDGE costs $69.95 and runs one year from the date of sign-up and includes live sporting events and championships, interviews and exclusive access to on-demand video and features. Coastal’s first game on the EDGE will be the opener against Wofford Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
Consistency in the Coaching Staff
For the third consecutive season, Coastal will have the same coaching staff on the bench. Head Coach Alan LeForce is in his 11th year at Coastal and in his 26th year as a collegiate head coach. Assistant coach Frank Moorhead is in his sixth season with the Lady Chants, while assistant coach Mark Kost starts his fifth season. Assistant Coach Shameka Montgomery starts her third season on the CCU bench.
Last Year’s 18 Wins Ties CCU’s D-I Record
Coastal Carolina earned its 18th regular-season win in a 60-53 victory over Charleston Southern March 3. The 18 wins tied the 1999-2000 season for the most regular-season wins by a Coastal team as a Division I school.
Ware Returns for Fourth Year
Coastal’s only three-year letterwinner on the 2007-08 roster, senior C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) returns after averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds a contest her junior campaign. Ware also was named to the Big South All-Academic Team in 2006-07.
Coastal stays in the Southern Conference to host the College of Charleston Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., in Kimbel Arena.