Coastal Carolina (0-0) vs. Anderson (3-1)
Date: Friday, Nov. 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Kimbel Arena, Conway, S.C.
Series: Coastal leads 1-0
Live Stats: www..GoCCUSports.com
New-Look Lady Chants Open 2004-05 Season Against Anderson
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (0-0) opens the 2004-05 campaign with a contest against Anderson College (3-1) Friday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at Kimbel Arena (1,039) in Conway, S.C. The Lady Chanticleers will open with the Trojans for the second straight season, as Coastal defeated Anderson 76-48 in last years lidlifter. This is the first of four straight home games to start the season. Coastal plays six of its first seven games in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area.
Coastal is coming off a 13-15 overall record and a 6-8 record in the Big South in 2003-04. The Lady Chants were picked to finish eighth in the Big South preseason poll.
Anderson is ranked in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches poll for the first time in school history, as the Trojans take up the 19th slot in this weeks poll. Anderson is coming off a 86-60 victory against Converse Monday night. The Trojans opened the season in Orlando, Fla., defeating Armstrong Atlantic 84-77 and sixth-ranked Henderson State 78-70 while falling to Bentley (Mass.) 62-56. The Trojans are led by sophomore LaShonda Chiles, who is averaging 19.5 points a game. Anderson has four players averaging in double-figures in scoring, while the team is scoring 76 points per game. In the win over Converse, Deanna Thompson scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds and six assists.
Anderson is coached by Kevin Pederson, who is in his third season as the head coach of the Trojans. He has a 58-29 overall record.
Series vs. Anderson
Coastal and Anderson have met only once on the hardwood, which took place Nov. 21, 2003. The Lady Chants defeated the Trojans 76-48. The complete wrapup and box score of the game can be found on page five of the game notes.
Coastal in Season Openers
Coastal Carolina is 14-16 all-time in season openers, but has won the last six lidlifters. Last season, the Lady Chants defeated Anderson 76-48. Under head coach Alan LeForce, Coastal is 6-1 in season openers.
Chanticleers Picked Eighth in the Big South
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team was selected to finish eighth in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll, as voted by the Leagues Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors. The announcement was made at the Westin Hotel in downtown Charlotte as part of the 2004-05 Basketball Tip-Off Media Luncheon.
For the second year in a row, Liberty was unanimously selected to win its eighth-straight regular-season crown, which set a Conference record. The Lady Flames have gone undefeated in Conference play for two straight years, and have won 38 consecutive Big South contests, dating back to the 2001-02 season. High Point was voted second, while UNC Asheville, Radford and Charleston Southern round out the top five. Birmingham-Southern placed sixth in the womens poll, followed by Winthrop at seventh and Coastal Carolina eighth.
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Coastal will have seven new players on the roster this season and will have a whole new starting lineup. All five starters from the 2003-04 season exhausted their eligibility, including Coastals all-time leading scorer Nikki Reddick. The lineup for the Low Country All-Stars exhibition game featured a redshirt senior (Courtney Brown), a true senior (Lucia Popovici), a redshirt junior (Amber Rose), a junior-college transfer (Kim Turner) and a sophomore (Alisha Dill). Turner joins junior Jasmine Tyler, junior Demaria Young, junior Kristy Yurichak, freshman C.J. Ware and redshirt freshman Samantha Carver as eligible newcomers. Sophomore Joanna Pekonen also is a newcomer on the roster, but will not be eligible until 2005-06 due to the NCAA transfer rule.
Home Sweet Home
Coastal will enjoy the friendly confines of Kimbel Arena for five of its first six games. The Lady Chants do not go on the road until Dec. 12 against the University of North Carolina. Coastal also will have a game against the College of Charleston at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Dec. 19. After that stretch, Coastal will be on the road for six of its next seven games.
Coastal has two seniors on the squad this season. Redshirt senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) averaged 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds last season while playing in 24 games. Brown also missed four games due to injury last season. Senior Lucia Popovici (Edmonton, Alberta/Jasper Place) is penciled in as a starting center after averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 2003-04. In the exhibition game against the Low Country All-Stars, Brown had 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds while Popovici grabbed six rebounds in only 15 minutes.
LeForce Milestone Watch
Coastal head coach Alan LeForce needs only two wins to earn his 100th win as the mentor of the Lady Chants. LeForce is the winningest head coach in Coastal womens basketball history, passing Gina Markland Feb. 23, 2004. Overall, LeForce is 338-279 in 22 years as a head coach.
Coastal Adds SIze to Roster
Coastal has eight players on its 2004-05 roster that are six feet or taller, led by junior Kristy Yurichak (Walton Hills, Ohio/Lakeland C.C.), who is 6-4. Sophomore Joanna Pekonen (Lappeenranta, Finland/Lafayette), who is ineligible to compete in games this season, is 6-3. Coastal has two 6-1 players and four players at six feet.
Carver Returns to Court
Redshirt freshman Samantha Carver (Flemingsburg, Ky/Fleming County) will make her return to basketball this season after missing all of 2003-04 to rehabilitation of a torn ACL. In high school, Carver averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds a game and was named a Louisville Courier-Journal All-State honorable mention.
Rose Lights Up Scoreboard against Low Country
Junior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman) stuffed the stat sheet for 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the 86-58 win over the Low Country All-Stars Nov. 14. Rose was 8-of-12 from the field, 4-of-6 from three-point range and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. Last year, Rose averaged 2.7 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.
Tyler Finds Her Shot in Exhibition Win
Junior Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) came off the bench in the 86-58 win over Low Country All-Stars and shot 7-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-7 from three-point range, for 14 points. Tyler also had three steals and three rebounds in the win. At Okaloosa-Walton C.C., Tyler averaged 14.1 points per game on her way to being named second team all-conference.
Lady Chants Fire Up from Three in Second Half
Coastal Carolina went 7-for-11 as a team from three-point range in the second half of its 86-58 win over the Low Country All-Stars Nov. 14. Junior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman), senior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) and junior Jasmine Tyler (Jacksonville, Fla./Okaloosa C.C.) each had two second-half three-pointers.
Coastal Part of Carolinas Womens Challenge
Coastal Carolina will be part of the Carolinas Womens Challenge Dec. 19, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The challenge, which coincides with the Holiday Invitational High School Girls Basketball Tournament, pits the Lady Chants against the College of Charleston at 1 p.m. The University of North Carolina-Georgia State University tilt follows that game. For more information on the holiday tournament, visit www.beachballclassic.com.
The Coastal Carolina womens baskeball team will have at least 12 games on radio this season, tipping off with a home game against Savannah State University Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. All Coastal womens basketball radio broadcasts are on "THE TEAM" 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach. All games also will be available on Coastal Carolinas athletic website at www.GoCCUSports.com.
Game Day Central
All the Coastal womens basketball games this season will have a Game Day Central link on www.GoCCUSports.com, which will feature roster, schedules and stats for both teams as well as links to any live audio or live stats. Just click on the G under the womens basketball schedule for access to the Game Day Central.
Coastal will continue its four-game homestand with a matchup against Campbell University Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., in Kimbel Arena.