Women's Basketball Opens 2013-14 Season On Saturday
Nov. 8, 2013
CONWAY - The Jaida Williams era of Coastal Carolina women's basketball gets underway on Saturday as the Chanticleers host Virginia Intermont at 2 p.m.
Date / Time: Sat., Nov. 9, 2013 / 2 p.m.
Site: Conway, S.C. / The HTC Center (3,212)
Audio Broadcast: Chanticleer Sports Network
Online Audio Link: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/coastal.portal#
Radio: WHSC FOX Sports Radio 1050 AM and 101.9 FM
Talent: Aaron Marks (pxp)
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com
Live Video: BigSouthSports.com
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports & @Chants365
Coastal Carolina In Season Openers
Coastal Carolina is 21-18 all-time in season openers.
Coastal fell 38-56 at College of Charleston in last season's opener, marking the Chants' first loss in a season opener since the 2004-05 season.
Coastal is 19-10 in home openers dating back to the 1985-86 season.
Chanticleers vs. Non-Division I Opponents
Coastal Carolina is 143-116 all-time against non-NCAA Division I opponents.
Last Time Out
Coastal Carolina fell 64-60 to Gardner-Webb in the first round of the 2013 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships.
Katelyn Connor established her career-high with 24 points on 9-of-19 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line.
Angelica Henry set a career-high with 10 defensive boards.
The Chants and Bulldogs exchanged the lead 11 times throughout the game.
Coastal Carolina continues its two-game season-opening home stand on Wednesday, Nov. 13 against Brevard College. The opening tip is slated for 7 p.m.
A New Era in Coastal Carolina Women's Basketball
Today's game marks the start of the Jaida Williams era of Coastal Carolina women's basketball. Williams was hired as the sixth coach in the 40-year history of Chanticleer women's basketball on April 11, 2013. She replaces Alan LeForce, who retired after leading the Chants for the past 16 years.
Williams will attempt to become the first coach in program history to produce a winning record during her first season as head coach.
Chanticleer Women's Basketball Turns 40
The 2013-14 season marks the 40th season of Chanticleer women's hoops.
Coastal owns a 443-604 (.423) all-time record.
The Chants have 14 winning seasons, with the most recent coming with a 17-13 record in 2009-10. Coastal has two 20-plus win seasons (1982-83, 1999-2000). The 1982-83 team holds the program record with 21 regular season wins.
The Chanticleers return 10 of 13 members from last season's team that finished with a 13-16 overall record. The 2013-14 Chanticleers will look to be led by returning starters Angelica Henry, AJ Jordan, Alexx Puckett and Katelyn Connor along with senior Kayla Cook.
Henry, a senior guard, led Coastal in the scoring column during her junior campaign with a career-high 11.1 points per game mark and an 11.2 output in Big South contests. In addition, Henry recorded 76 steals, tying her for seventh on the CCU single season all-time list.
Connor, also a senior, led the Chants in rebounding last season with a 6.5 per game clip, while tying with AJ Jordan as Coastal's second leading scorer at 9.6 points per game.
Coastal Carolina welcomes five newcomers to its 2013-14 roster. Olivia Carlton and Karsen Sims join the team as true freshmen, while Khadejah Wilkerson, Ced Gibson and Stephanie Isaacs join as transfers. Wilkerson, Gibson and Isaacs will redshirt the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer policies.
The HTC Center - Home Sweet Home
The 2013-14 campaign marks the second for the Coastal Carolina basketball and volleyball programs at The HTC Center.
Coastal compiled a 10-6 home record at The HTC Center last season, including a 5-4 mark in Big South play.
The Chants averaged 61.5 points per game at home last season -- 4.1 points higher than their season average.
The Exhibition -- Oct. 27, 2013
Coastal Carolina fans got a glimpse of the 2013-14 team when the Chanticleers knocked off Claflin, 94-53, in an exhibition game on Oct. 27.
Angelica Henry and Megan Pittman co-led the way for the Chants with 16 points each.
AJ Jordan, who was perfect from the floor and charity stripe, poured in 13, while Katelyn Connor and Kayla Cook scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Freshman Karsen Sims and senior Alexx Puckett rounded out the Chants in double-digits with 10 points apiece. Freshman Olivia Carlton scored six points in her 17 minutes of action.
All eight healthy and eligible Chanticleers played in the game.