Nov. 8, 2012
Coastal Carolina (0-0, 0-0 Big South)
College of Charleston (0-0, 0-0 Southern)
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 | 4:00 p.m. | 2012-13 Season Opener
Charleston, S.C. | TD Arena (5,100)
CONWAY - The 39th season of Coastal Carolina women's basketball opens on Friday, Nov. 9, as the Chanticleers travel to College of Charleston for a 4 p.m. tip.
Broadcast: The game will also be broadcast live online at GoCCUSports.com with Aaron Marks on the call.
Live Stats: Available via CofCSports.com
Video Stream: None
Series: College of Charleston leads 13-31
Streak: Coastal has won the last three meetings
Last 10: Coastal is 6-4
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina smothered the Cougars' offensive game en route to a 59-36 victory at Kimbel Arena last season. Departed senior Kira Carter led the Chants with 10 points, while Angelica Henry and Shatia Cole each added nine points.
Coastal Carolina is 21-17 all-time in season openers.
The Chants are 13-2 in season openers under LeForce and have not lost since the 2004-05 lid-lifter against Anderson (L/77-74).
Coastal is 2-1 in road season openers in the LeForce era. Coastal dropped a 84-52 decision at Chattanooga in LeForce's first game as the Chanticleer general. Since that defeat, Coastal has opened on the road at Campbell in 2005 (W/57-42) and at College of Charleston in 2006 (W/70-56).
This is Coastal's first season opener against a Division I opponent since hosting Wofford (W/59-58) to start the 2007-08 season.
Coastal returns 10 players from last year's squad, including Big South all-freshman selection Shatia Cole.
The Chants and the Cougars
The season-opening meeting between the Chants and Cougars marks the 45th all-time match up between Lowcountry rivals. College of Charleston holds a 31-13 series lead; however, Coastal has won each of the last three meetings and six of the last seven.
A Look At College of Charleston
The Cougars enter their first season without Nancy Wilson on the sideline for the first time since 1995. Wilson retired after the 2011-12 season, but she did not leave new head coach Natasha Adair with a bare cupboard. The Cougars return each of their top five scorers from a year ago, including leading scorer Latisha Harris (8.8 ppg).
CofC was picked to finish 10th in the Southern Conference by the league's head coaches and eighth by the league's media voting panel.
Young, Seasoned Chants
The 2012-13 Chanticleers look like an extremely young team on paper without a senior on the roster. However, the Chants are a seasoned bunch, returning eight players who have seen significant action in their careers. 2012 All-Big South Freshmen Team selection Shatia Cole returns for her second season after ranking second on the team with 10.5 points per game a year ago. Guards AJ Jordan and Angelica Henry, who made numerous start last season should also be in the fold as key contributors. Junior guard Kayla Cook will look to have a breakout season after 5.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore. In all, the young Chants count 268 games played and 39 starts between them.
May LeForce Be With You
Head Coach Alan LeForce enters his 16th season at the helm of the Chanticleers holding a 215-211 record at Coastal and a 454-390 career record. LeForce's 215 wins on the Chanticleer side are 120 more than Gina Markland, Coastal's second all-time winningest coach. Additionally, LeForce is the only coach in NCAA Division I history to win 200-plus games as both a men's and women's head coach.
Coastal's 2012-13 schedule features a pair of tough stretches of games. The first comes after playing only two games to start the season. The Chants' third, fourth, fifth and sixth contests of the season all fall within a seven-day time frame. Coastal first plays Western Carolina (Nov. 17) followed by Columbia College (Nov. 19) and Southern Virginia (20) all at home. The Chants then fly to Fort Wayne, Ind., for a road bout with IPFW on (Nov. 24).
Coastal's second grinding stretch comes the week leading into the Christmas holiday. The Chants host Converse on Dec. 13 followed by perennial power North Carolina on Dec. 16. Coastal then travels to South Carolina State (Dec. 18) before playing North Florida in its annual Carolinas Challenge game at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Dec. 19.
Good Bye Kimbel ... Hello The HTC Center
After spending the entirety of its first 27 seasons of competition in Kimbel Arena with a capacity of 1,039, Coastal Carolina has moved into a newly constructed home. The HTC Center boasts a seating capacity of 3,212 along with multiple locker rooms and office suites. In addition, The HTC Center will also play host to the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championship for the next three seasons, giving the Chanticleers a distinct home-court advantage come tournament time. New Big South Format With the addition of Longwood as the Big South's 11th women's basketball playing member on July 1, 2012, the 2012-13 league women's basketball schedule will have a new look. Instead of playing each member institution at both home and on the road, Coastal will play Gardner-Webb, Liberty, Presbyterian College, Charleston Southern, High Point, Longwood, Radford and UNC Asheville in a home-and-home series. Coastal will face Campbell and Winthrop once this season.