INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – In front of several fans from her home state, junior Amanda Stull (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidated) recorded a career-high 20 points, but could not push the Coastal Carolina University women's basketball team (6-2) past Butler (3-4) as the Chanticleers fell 78-48 Saturday, Dec. 6 at Hinkle Filedhouse. Stull tallied her second double-double of the season as she tied a career-high with 11 rebounds in the affair.
After sophomore Kate Jasinski (Toledo, Ohio/Penn (Ind.)) hit the first basket of the game to put the Chants up 2-0, momentum found its way onto the Butler end of the basketball as the Bulldogs' scored six quick points, going hard to the basket to go up 6-2. Junior Devin Rivers (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) picked up two quick fouls, sending her to the bench for most of the first half. The Chanticleers did not score their second field goal until sophomore Sydnei Moss (North Augusta, S.C./N. Augusta) drove the left baseline for two cutting the deficit to 13-6, with 12:20 remaining in the frame.
Butler's lead grew down the stretch as the Chants continued to struggle from the floor, leaving the door open for the Bulldogs to go on an 8-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from Candace Jones with 2:41 left on the clock. Coastal Carolina would score three buckets in the final two minutes of play and went into the lockerroom down 37-18.
At the beginning of the second half, sophomore Katie White (St. Charles, Ill./East) picked up two quick fouls, leaving her to sit on the bench with four fouls, as Coastal Carolina attempted their biggest comeback of the season with two of its primary post players in foul trouble. For a minute, the Chanticleers looked to come alive with 10 quick points to trim the lead to 42-28, but the Bulldogs continued to shoot the ball well and built the lead back to 56-35. A layup by Stull with remaining brought the Chanticleers within 16 points at 58-42, but that was the closest Coastal Carolina would get as Butler finished off the game with a 20-6 run for the 78-48 victory.
The Chanticleers were outrebounded 55-30 on the glass and managed only nine offensive rebounds in the entire game, with the Bulldogs grabbing 22 in the contest. With Rivers and White in foul trouble for most of the second frame, the Bulldogs would take advantage of it and outrebounded the Chants 28-11.
Stull was the only player to register double digits in scoring for the Chants, while the next closest player to double figures was sophomore Jessica Noll (Myrtle Beach, S.C./St. James) with seven points, including two triples. Butler had four players in double-digits, including a double-double outing for Akande who finished with 21 points and 10 boards. Butler's three-point threat left Coastal Carolina with little answers, as the Bulldogs finished with seven treys in the contest, as the Chants settled for two from Noll.
Coastal Carolina's bench was able to propel the Chanticleers in the past two games, but could not provide any spark as the Bulldogs' reserves scored 37 points to push Butler into the win column and the Chants finished with 12 points off the bench.
Coastal Carolina will have a week to prepare for a trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., where they will meet No. 2/2 North Carolina Saturday, Dec. 13. The game is slated for a start at the DeanSmithCenter.