Women's Basketball To Face Jacksonville Saturday At Noon
Coastal Carolina (3-0, 0-0 Big South) went 25-for-29 from the free throw line to spoil the Wofford Terriers season home opener 67-64 at the Benjamin Johnson Arena. Sophomore Sydnei Moss set a career high with 22 points against the Terriers. Moss scored 17 of her game-high 22 points in the second half to earn the Chants the victory. Jacksonville (1-1, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) picked up its first win Thursday, Nov. 20, when it defeated Florida International 51-43, after dropping its first game of the year at Florida 74-51.
Scouting JacksonvilleJacksonville started out the season with a 74-51 loss to Florida (Nov. 17), but rebounded to take its second game of the season with a 51-43 win against Florida International Thursday, Nov. 20. DaVina Hamilton is averaging 11.5 points per game for the Dolphins, after scoring 14 points against FIU. Virginia Gregoire had 10 points in the win over the Gators and enters today’s game shooting 83 percent at the free throw line. JU forced FIU into 29 turnovers and limited the Panthers shooting options.Series vs. JacksonvilleSeries Record: Jacksonville leads 1-0Jacksonville took the first meeting between the two squads last season with a 56-48 win. Coastal Carolina jumped out to a 13-point lead, but JU battled back to steal the game in the second half.
Moss Sets Career HighSophomore Sydnei Moss scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Chanticleers to a 67-64 win at Wofford (Nov. 19). Moss tallied 17 of her 22 points in the second half, hitting 6-of-11 shots from the floor and added a team-best eight rebounds.
Free-For-All Gives the Chants a 67-64 Win At WoffordCoastal Carolina went 25-for-29 at the free throw line in the 67-64 win over Wofford (Nov. 19). The Chanticleers shot 86.2 percent from the line, while Wofford shot 50 percent (14-28). Junior Amanda Stull was 8-of-8, while sophomore Sydnei Moss went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe. Redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley was 4-of-4 and sophomore Jessica Noll hit both her free throws when she stepped up to the line.
Turnovers=PointsCoastal Carolina forced Campbell to turn the ball over 29 times, which led to 29 Chanticleer points as they defeated the Camels 52-50 (Nov. 17). Coastal Carolina scored 17 of its 19 first half points off of Campbell’s 21 turnovers.
Stull Switches Gears, Leads Chants to 52-50 Win Over CampbellJunior Amanda Stull scored a driving layup with 46 seconds remaining in the game to put the CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s basketball team (2-0) up for good as it squeezed out a 52-50 victory over Campbell (1-1) Monday, Nov. 17 at Kimbel Arena. Stull went 6-of-8 in the second half to score all of her 13 points. Sophomore Kate Jasinski scored a game-high 14 points and added five assists, while sophomore Sydnei Moss picked up eight rebounds in the win.
Stull-erific!Junior Amanda Stull has played in every game for the Chanticleers since stepping foot on the campus of CoastalCarolinaUniversity. Stull got her 31st consecutive starting nod at Wofford. Last season, Stull became an important piece of the puzzle, starting all 28 games recording career bests in several categories including points (6.3 ppg), assists (2.4 apg) and rebounds (3.9 rpg). During her freshman year, Stull entered all 29 contests for the Chants, averaging 20.2 minutes per game.
LeForce Earns 400th Career WinWith the 65-49 win over Erskine Friday, Nov. 14, Coastal Carolina Head Coach Alan LeForce earned his 400th career win. LeForce is in his 12th season as the Chanticleers’ mentor and has compiled a 160-150 record at Coastal Carolina and a 400-330 overall record in 25 seasons as a head coach. LeForce is the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in Coastal Carolina history and is the only coach to win 100 games in both Division I men’s and women’s basketball.
Bench Blasts ErskineThe Coastal Carolina bench outscored Erskine’s reserves 23-5 in the season opener, en route to a 65-49 victory for the Chants. Freshman Olivia Irick earned 16 points for the Chants in 17 minutes of play. Redshirt sophomore Lauren Grochowski had five points, while redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley had two points in the win.
Chants Send Fleet Flying with 65-49 WinJunior Devin Rivers and sophomore Sydnei Moss recorded double-doubles to lead the Chanticleers to a 65-49 win over Erskine Nov. 14. Rivers had 12 points and matched a personal best grabbing 10 rebounds. Moss tallied 12 points and collected a career-high 13 rebounds. Coastal Carolina led by as many as 21 points in the first half. Up 52-37 in the second half, Erskine strung together the next eight points, cutting the deficit to seven points at 52-45 with remaining, but Coastal Carolina went on a 13-3 run to close out the game. The Chanticleers out-rebounded Erskine 55-33 and had 23 second chance points, while the Flying Fleet had five. The win moved the Chanticleers to 18-17 in season openers and 10-1 in lidlifters under Head Coach Alan LeForce.
Rookie RoundupFreshman Olivia Irick came off the bench to lead all scorers with 16 points against Erskine. Irick connected on her first four shots as a Chanticleer and finished the game 6-of-9 from the field, including a 3-of-4 outing behind the arc. Freshman Taylor Epley saw eight minutes of action in her first appearance against the Flying Fleet and pulled down three rebounds for the Chants.
S-E-N-I-O-R-S?Coastal Carolina’s 2008-09 roster lists no seniors. This is the first time in Head Coach Alan LeForce’s 12 years he will be missing that senior leadership. However, the 2008-09 squad is rich in talent and experience. LeForce believes this is one of the most talented groups he and his staff have ever assembled at Coastal Carolina.
All Aboard!!!For the fourth consecutive season, Coastal Carolina will have the same coaching staff on the bench. Head Coach Alan LeForce enters his 12th season at the helm for the Chants. All assistant coaches return with Frank Moorhead starting his seventh season, Mark Kost begins his sixth and Shameka Montgomery starts her fourth year. This staff has put together a squad that has gone 53-33 (.616) in the past three seasons.
Blocking Back Coastal Carolina returns its top three blockers from last season. Sophomore Katie White, who stands at 6-foot-3, led the Chants last season, denying 41 shots. White immediately jumped into the Coastal Carolina record books, holding the fifth spot for most blocks in a single season. Juniors Devin Rivers and Amanda Stull followed suit, combining for 29 blocks. The three players accounted for 67 percent of the Chanticleers’ blocks in 2007-08.
Hitting the BoardsGraduated senior Vicky Blanchard led the Chanticleers the past two seasons in rebounds, and of course Blanchard’s 6.6 rebounds the past two years will be missed. However, there is no doubt the Chanticleers will continue to grab rebounds this season with juniors Devin Rivers and Amanda Stull leading the way. Rivers was second on the team last year averaging 5.5 rebounds a game. Stull pulled down 4.0 rebounds for the Chants.
New FacesThe Chanticleers welcome four newcomers to the team in transfers Kendra Reynolds and Lindsey Waters and freshmen Taylor Epley and Olivia Irick. Reynolds, a junior transfer from Olney Central JC, will sit out the first half of the season due to NCAA regulations and Waters will miss the entire season after transferring from Eastern Kentucky. Epley and Irick will look to transition to the college game and contribute this season.
Chants Tabbed Sixth in Preseason PollThe CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s basketball team has been picked to tie for sixth place in this season’s Big South Conference Preseason Poll, the conference announced at Media Day Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Concord, N.C. The poll was voted on by the league’s coaches and selected media members. Liberty, the 2008 Big South Champion, was the clear preseason favorite after receiving 17 of 19 first-place votes and 169 points. Winthrop was predicted second with 143 points and High Point placed third with 129 points. Radford earned one first-place vote, landing in fourth spot with 116 points, followed by UNC Asheville who edged out the Chanticleers with 75 points. Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb each tallied 73 points, while Charleston Southern (55 points) and Presbyterian (22 points) were voted eighth and ninth, respectively. For the third consecutive year, Liberty’s Megan Frazee was selected as the Preseason Player of the year and to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Frazee is joined by teammate Moriah Frazee, Ashley Fann (Winthrop), Pamela Tolbert (Charleston Southern) and Johnette Walker (Radford) as preseason All-Conference selections.
All Coastal Carolina Games To Be Broadcast On the InternetFor the second straight year, the CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s basketball team will broadcast every regular-season and postseason game. Beginning with the season opener Nov. 14 against Erskine, all 28 regular season games and postseason contests will be available at ww.GoCCUsports.com. The broadcasts will start 10 minutes prior to tipoff. Describing the action will be Chris Burgin, who enters his second year as “The Voice of Chanticleers Women’s Basketball.”Burgin came to Coastal Carolina after spending the previous eight years as play-by-play voice for Big South Conference rival PresbyterianCollege. During his tenure with the Blue Hose, Burgin 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 postseason game, beginning with the 2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Tournament March 12 in High Point, N.C., will be broadcast on both ww.GoCCUSports.com and THE TEAM 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach.
Big South To Video Stream All Women’s Basketball Conference GamesCoastal Carolina will video stream all home games this season on THE EDGE, the Big South’s streaming website. Coastal Carolina will also have every game of the Big South schedule on THE EDGE as well as complete coverage of the 2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Tournament in High Point, N.C. The video stream of women’s basketball games and all Big South events, which will also be available on a video-ondemand 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 $79.95 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.
Up NextCOLLEGE OF CHARLESTONDate: Tuesday, Nov. 25Time: At: Carolina First Arena - Charleston, S.C.Series Record: College of Charleston leads 47-27Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 63-46 (Nov. 14, 2007)College of Charleston 2008-09: College of Charleston is 1-1 on the season after opening with a 76-62 win over Charleston Southern, but dropped a 70-57 decision to #21 FloridaState. Brooke Kotcella is averaging 11.0 points per game for the Cougars, while Nikki Williams and Sarah Moye have combined for 44 of the Cougars’ 1001 rebounds this season.