Coastal Womens Hoops Hosts Campbell Monday Night
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (3-2) returns home after a two-week absence away from Kimbel Arena by hosting Campbell University (2-4) Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on www.GoCCUSports.com with Garry Griffith on the call. Coastal returns from finals and are coming off a 60-55 loss to Furman Dec. 2.
Campbell opened the Atlantic Sun Conference schedule with a 57-54 win over Gardner-Webb Dec. 2. The Fighting Camels shot only 33.9 percent from the floor, but hit seven three-pointers and went 12-of-15 from the free-throw line. Taylor Oliver led Campbell with 19 points while Marlena Murphy had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Letitia Dickson leads Campbell with 11.0 points per game and Murphy has 9.2 rebounds a game.
Campbell is coached by Wanda Watkins, who is in her 26th year in Buies Creek. She has a 403-292 record in her career and at the school.
Series vs. Campbell
Campbell leads the overall series 18-11, but Coastal has won the last eight meetings between the two schools, including last years 57-42 win in Buies Creek. In that game, Kim Turner led three players in double figures with 13 points, while Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) had 10 points in her first game in a Coastal uniform.
Dill Second in Nation in Scoring Average
Senior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) is averaging 22.8 points per game after five contests, good for second in points per game in NCAA Division I basketball. Dill tied her career high with 27 points in a 60-55 loss to Furman Dec. 2. She has scored 26 points on two occasions this year and now has 803 career points. Dill trails Carrie Moore of Western Michigan, who is averaging 28.5 points a contest.
Dill is not the only Lady Chanticleer in the NCAA ranks. Freshman Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River) is seventh in the country in three-point field goal percentage, shooting at 58.3 percent. Mel Thomas of Connecticut leads that category with 66.7 percent.
Coastal Stays in Area for Next Month
Starting with tonights game against Campbell Dec. 11, the Lady Chanticleers will have 11 of their next 13 games in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area. Coastal is at UNC Greensboro Dec. 16 and at UNC Asheville Jan. 20 but will play nine games at Kimbel Arena and two games at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. After that stretch, Coastal will only have three more home games and will have two separate three-game roadtrips.
Lyons Named Big South Freshman of the Week
Coastal Carolina freshman womens basketball player Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River) was selected as the Big South Conference New Balance Freshman of the Week for games played Nov. 20-26, the League announced.
Lyons, a forward from Beverly Hills, Fla., posted 15.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, including 30 points against Howard, to lead the Lady Chanticleers to a 2-1 record on the week. She got things going with 11 points and seven boards in CCUs 90-31 win over Southern Virginia on Nov. 20. Against IPFW on Nov. 25, she put in five points and notched one board for Coastal. The next day against Howard, Lyons caught fire as she was 10-of-12 from the floor (83 percent), 6-of-8 from three-point land (75 percent) and was perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line for Coastal Carolina. She also chipped in six boards in the contest as CCU dropped the Lady Bison, 85-78. For the week, she was 56 percent from the floor on 15-of-27 shots, 59 percent from beyond the arc on 10-of-17 tries and was perfect from the line, connecting on all six attempts.
Coastal Puts Up Points Against Howard
Coastal Carolina shot 48.3 percent from the floor, including 54.5 percent from three-point range, in its 85-78 win over Howard Nov. 26. The 85 points were the highest scored by Coastal against a Division I opponent since Feb. 1, 2003 in a 96-94 triple-overtime win over Radford.
Ware Earns Career Best vs. IPFW
Junior C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) scored 11 points, which was a career-high, in a 60-49 loss to IPFW Nov. 25. Ware was 5-for-11 from the field and hit her only three-point attempt. Her career high was 10 points vs. Morris Jan. 12, 2006.
Rivers Rebounds From Both Sides of the Glass
Freshman Devin Rivers (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) had a team-high eight rebounds in the 60-49 loss to IPFW Nov. 25. Five of the eight boards were offensive and the freshman added two blocks, an assist and a steal.
Stull Gives in Homecoming
Freshman and Indiana native Amanda Stull (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidated) had a team-high five assists in the 60-49 loss to IPFW Nov. 25 in Muncie, Ind. The five assists was the most by a Lady Chant this season.
Chants Go Cold vs. Mastodons
Coastal Carolina shot only 25 percent from the floor in the 60-49 loss to IPFW Nov. 25. Coastal was 2-of-14 from three-point range, while senior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) went 3-of-27 from the floor.
Coastal Carolina held Southern Virginia to 31 points Nov. 20, the second lowest point total in school history by an opponent. Southern Virginia shot 25.5 percent and went 1-of-15 from the three-point line. The school record for lowest points in a game by an opponent is 23 by Coker during the 1982-83 season.
Stull Named Big South Freshman of the Week
Coastal Carolina freshman womens basketball player Amanda Stull (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidated) was selected as the Big South Conference New Balance Freshman of the Week for games played Nov. 13-19, the League announced.
Stull, a guard, connected on all four of her shots from the field and posted eight points in Coastals 70-56 win over the College of Charleston Nov. 16. She also dished out two assists and came up with three steals and one rebound for the Lady Chants in the win.
Stull becomes Coastals first Big South Freshman of the Week since Whitney Shearer was named on Feb. 5, 2001.
Chairwomen of the Boards
Coastal Carolina grabbed 63 rebounds in the 90-31 win over Southern Virginia Nov. 20. The Lady Chants had 32 offensive rebounds in the win and five players had six or more boards. Junior Joanna Pekonen (Lappeenranta, Finland/Lafayette) led the team with eight boards, while freshman Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River) and redshirt freshman Elizabeth Weaver (Unicoi, Tenn./Unicoi County) had seven apiece.
Coastal Improves in Season Openers with Win over CofC
Coastal Carolina improved to 8-2 in season openers under head coach Alan LeForce with its 70-56 win over the College of Charleston Nov. 16. Coastal shot 51 percent from the field in winning its second straight opener on the road.
Dill Picks Up Where She Left Off
Senior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) scored 26 points, one off a career high, in the 70-56 win over the College of Charleston Nov. 16. Dill was 8-of-19 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. Her career high is 27 points at UNC Asheville on Feb. 18, 2006 and at Furman Dec. 2, 2006.
New Kids on the Block
Coastal played four newcomers in the win over the Cougars and they combined for 21 points and eight rebounds. Junior Victoria Blanchard (Eutawville, S.C./Walters State C.C.) made her first career start and had seven points and two assists. Freshman Amanda Stull (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidated) was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field for eight points while adding two assists. Freshman Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River) hit two big three-pointers for six points, while freshman Devin Rivers (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) had five rebounds and three assists.
Chanticleers Picked Fourth in the Big South
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll, as voted on by the Leagues Head Coaches, Sports Information Directors and media panel. The announcement was made Oct. 10 in Charlotte, N.C., as part of the 2006-07 Tip-Off Media Luncheon.
Coastal received 117 points in the preseason poll. Liberty was picked to finish first for the 10th year in a row, as the Lady Flames garnered 21 first-place votes and finisihing with 202 points. The Lady Flames were followed by High Point (178 points, four first-place votes), Winthrop (136 points), Coastal, Radford (115 points, one first-place vote), UNC Asheville (100 points), Birmingham-Southern and Charleston Southern (44 points apiece).
Dill Returns for Senior Season
Senior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) returns for her fourth season in a Lady Chanticleer uniform after earning All-Big South Second Team honors in 2005-06. Dill averaged 11.3 points, which was second on the team, and 4.2 rebounds last season. She had a career high 27 points at UNC Asheville Feb. 18 and scored in double figures in 14 games, including three 20-plus point performances.
Head Coach Alan LeForce
Coastal head coach Alan LeForce (Cumberland (Ky.) 57) is starting his 10th season as the Lady Chanticleers mentor. He has a 128-129 record at CCU and a 368-309 overall record in 24 seasons as a head coach. LeForce is the all-time winningest womens basketball coach in CCU history and is the only coach to win 100 games in both Division I mens and womens basketball.
New Faces for the Chants
Coastal Carolina has eight players on its roster that will play their first Division I season. Five of the eight newcomers are true freshmen, as Lauren Grochowski (Naperville, Ill./Central), Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River), Devin Rivers (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela), Amanda Stull (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidated) and Lori Whitaker (Bloomington, Ind./North) are just out of high school. Elizabeth Weaver (Unicoi, Tenn./Unicoi County) redshirted her first season at CCU, while Victoria Blanchard (Holly Hill, S.C./Holly Hill-Roberts) transferred from Walters State Community College. Heather Hummel (Franklin, Pa./Rocky Grove) transferred from Slippery Rock and will have one season of eligibility remaining.
CCU Signs Four Student-Athletes to National Letters-of-Intent
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball program has signed four student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent, head coach Alan LeForce announced Nov. 9.
"We feel like weve added another strong class," LeForce said. "We think this group is every bit as good as the recruiting class last year. Weve had two straight strong recruiting classes and thats the way you build a program. We feel very good about it. Well still be young as well have 10 freshmen and sophomores for next season, but they are good players."
The following is a list of the student-athletes coming to Coastal Carolina in 2007-08.
Name Pos. Ht. Hometown
Courtney Grambley F 6-1 Morrow, Ohio
Kate Jasinski G 5-6 Birmingham, Ala.
Jessica Noll F 6-0 Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Katie White C 6-3 St. Charles, Ill.
Blanchard Makes Immediate Impression
Junior Victoria Blanchard (Holly Hill, S.C./Holly Hill-Roberts) opened her career at Coastal by scoring 12 points and adding nine rebounds in the 57-51 exhibition win over Belmont Abbey Nov. 11. Blanchard was 4-for-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. Out of her nine rebounds, four came on the offensive side of the glass.
Laug Starts Redshirt Senior Campaign
Redshirt senior Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) started her fifth season Thursday night against the College of Charleston. Laug redshirted during the 2002-03 campaign with a knee injury after playing four games for the Lady Chants. Laug has 185 points and 181 rebounds in her Coastal career.
All CCU Games to be Broadcast on the Internet
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team will have every regular-season and post-season game broadcast on the internet during the 2006-07 season, the first time in school history that every minute of CCU womens basketball will be on the air. Beginning with the season opener Nov. 16 against the College of Charleston, all 28 games will be available on www.GoCCUSports.com. The broadcast will start 10 minutes prior to tipoff.
In addition, every post-season game, beginning with the 2007 Advance Auto Parts Big South Tournament March 8 in Asheville, N.C., will be broadcast on both www.GoCCUSports.com and THE TEAM 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach.
Big South to Video Stream All Womens Basketball Conference Games
For the first time in League history, the Big South Conference will video stream live its womens basketball home Conference games free on the its premium content website, The Big South EDGE presented by Aéropostale, it was announced by Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander. All Conference games involving Big South members will be available exclusively online beginning with the 2006-07 season, and the webcasts will utilize a one-to-three camera production with home audio, when available.
The video stream of womens basketball games and all Big South events, which will also be available on a video-on-demand 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 $69.95 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.
Coastals first game on the EDGE will be Jan. 13 against Liberty in Kimbel Arena at 2 p.m.
Coastal Loses Scoring from Last Season
Coastal Carolina graduated 59.6 percent of its scoring off last years team, including two double-digit scorers in Amber Rose (11.5 ppg) and Kim Turner (11.0 ppg). Coastal does return Alisha Dill and Calisha Yates, who averaged 11.3 and 9.4 points per game, respectively.
Ware Controls Point
Junior C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) will be the starting point guard for the Lady Chants to start the season. Ware was second on the team with 61 assists last season and added 35 steals. Ware started 26 of Coastals 28 games in 2005-06 and averaged 2.8 points per game.
Coastal will host North Greenville Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.