Women's Basketball Moves to a Program Best 5-0 with an 87-46 Win over Southern Virginia
CONWAY, S.C. – Five Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball freshman (5-0) scored 50 points and the Lady Chanticleers forced 42 Southern Virginia (2-4) turnovers in an 86-47 win Nov. 24 in Conway, S.C. Coastal’s 5-0 start is the best in school history.
The game started slow, as there was no score after the first media timeout. Rika Larsen scored Southern Virginia’s first points at 15:01. Coastal would take a 6-4 lead it would never relinquish at 12:22 on a layup from freshman Courtney Grambley (Morrow, Ohio/Little Miami). Southern Virginia would cut the lead to five (13-8) as late as 7:09 in the first half, but the Lady Chants would extend its lead to double digits at 5:04 on a three from freshman Kate Jasinski (Toledo, Ohio/Penn (Ind.)). Rebekah Cunningham’s free throw trimmed CCU’s lead to seven, but a 10-3 run to end the half gave Coastal a 32-18 halftime advantage.
Jasinski and Grambley had seven points apiece in the first half, while senior Vicky Blanchard (Eutawville, S.C./Holly Hill-Roberts (Walters State C.C.)) grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River) had six first-half steals. Coastal forced SVU into 27 first-half turnovers and just 11 field-goal attempts. Lynette Schroeder and Cunningham had six points to lead the Lady Knights in the first 20 minutes.
Coastal would score 55 second-half points, as the Lady Chants extended the lead to 20 (49-29) at 11:54 on a Jasinski layup. Coastal played all 13 Lady Chants that dressed and 12 of them were in the scoring column. Sophomore Lori Whitaker (Bloomington, Ind./North) went 4-of-5 from the field in the second period for 11 points.
Jasinski led CCU with 15 points and six assists, while Grambley added 13 points and six rebounds. Freshmen Sydnei Moss (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta), Katie White (St. Charles, Ill./East) and Jessica Noll (Myrtle Beach, S.C./St. James) had 10, eight and four points, respectively.
Grambley and Blanchard led CCU with six rebounds, while Lyons had seven steals. White had four blocked shots, which was a game high. Jasinski also had a career high six assists and two steals.
Coastal shot 42.2 percent from the floor and was 7-of-23 from three-point range. Coastal had a 38-34 rebounding advantage and had 21 steals.
For Southern Virginia, Schroeder had 13 points, while Cunningham added 11. Schroeder also had six rebounds, while Jenne Comp added four assists.
Coastal will travel to Buies Creek, N.C., to face Campbell Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.