SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Sophomore Sydnei Moss scored a career-high 22 points and the Coastal Carolina University women's basketball team hit 86.2 percent from the charity stripe to scrape out a 67-64 win at Wofford Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Benjamin Johnson Arena. With the win, the Chanticleers move to 3-0 on the young season, while the Lady Terriers dropped their season opener.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with 11 ties and eight lead changes as neither team able to build more than a four-point advantage at any point. The Chanticleers struggled to connect from the field, hitting just 26.7 percent (8-of-30), but were solid at the charity stripe, knocking down 13-of-14 first-half attempts. In the end, Wofford's Ashley Kroker hit a three-pointer with four seconds remaining in the first half to give the host Lady Terriers a 32-30 halftime advantage.
Wofford built on the momentum in the early stages of the second half, pushing the advantage to five at 38-33 with 17:46 to play, but that is where Coastal Carolina made its move. The Chanticleers went on a 20-3 run over the next 7:38, capped off by a Moss three-pointer to go up 53-41 with 10:08 to play. Wofford battled back though, eventually closing the game to two at 59-57 with just over two minutes to go, but Moss again had the answer, hitting a jumper and drawing the foul for the three-point play to push the lead back to five at 62-57. The Lady Terriers would not go quietly and continued to claw, getting it within two again at 66-64 on a three by Natalie Gramblin with 4.3 seconds to play. Moss was fouled and hit one of two free throws and Wofford's desperation three was short, giving Coastal Carolina its first road win of the year.
The game was won and lost at the free throw line, as the Chanticleers knocked down 25-of-29 attempts (86.2 percent), while the Lady Terriers hit on just 50.0 percent (14-of-28) of their charity tosses. Wofford won the battle of the boards, 48-30, but also committed 11 more turnovers, 24-13. Neither team was outstanding from the floor, as Coastal Carolina was just 32.8 percent (20-of-61) from the field, while Wofford was 39.7 percent (23-of-58).
Moss tallied 17 of her game-high 22 points in the second half, hitting 6-of-11 shots from the floor and added a team-best eight rebounds. Junior Amanda Stull added 14 points, including 8-of-8 from the free throw line, while redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley added seven points, including all four of her free throw attempts, and six rebounds in the win. Wofford was paced by Mahogany Williams' double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Summer Nichols and Gramblin each added 10.
The Chanticleers return home for their next action, hosting Jacksonville, Sat., Nov. 22. Due to the football game later that night between Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern, the game time has been moved up to 12 noon from 2 p.m.