Dec. 9, 2011
Coastal Carolina (5-1, 0-0 Big South) vs. Converse (1-5, 1-0 Conference Carolinas)
Sunday, December 11 | Conway, S.C. | Kimbel Arena
2011-12 Coastal Carolina Women's Basketball Game Notes vs. Converse (PDF)
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina women's basketball returns to the hardwood on Sunday, Dec. 11 as hosts to Converse. Tip-off from Kimbel Arena is slated for 2 p.m.
Broadcast: The Coastal Carolina - Converse game will be broadcast live online via GoCCUSports.com with Chris Burgin on the call.
Live Stats: Available at GoCCUSports.com
Video Stream: Available via subscription through BigSouthSports.com
Series: Coastal Carolina leads 7-0
Streak: Win 7
Last 10: 7-0
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina rolled to an 86-33 victory over the Valkyries on Dec. 12, 2010. Olivia Irick and Lauren Grochowski scored a game-high 12 points apiece as Kira Carter poured in 11.
The Opening Tip
The Chanticleers and the Valkyries
Sunday’s meeting marks the eighth in the series dominated by the Chanticleers. Coastal squeaked out a 47-46 victory in the teams’ inaugural meeting in 1975 before winning each of the following six by an average of 34 points. Last season, the Chanticleers rolled to an 86-33 victory over the Valkyries on Dec. 12. Olivia Irick and Lauren Grochowski scored a game-high 12 points apiece as Kira Carter poured in 11.
A Look At The Valkyries
Converse enters the game coming off a 69-63 victory over Erskine, its first of the season. The Valkyries feature the double-digit scoring duo Kayla Garrett (11.2 ppg) and Ashley Long (10.0 ppg). Long is also the squad’s top rebounder as she averages 4.3 caroms per contest.
Cleaning the Glass
Through six games the Chanticleers have dominated both the offensive and defensive glass. The Chants’ 19.0 offensive board per game ranks tops in the Big South while their 26.33 defensive boards rank fifth. Moreover, Coastal’s +6.0 rebounding margin ranks second in the conference and 58th in the NCAA. Sophomore forward Shanika Maddox leads Coastal with 9.7 rebound per game to rank fourth in the Big South and 48th in the NCAA.
The Chanticleers’ aggression on the defensive end of the floor has led to 82 steals this season. Coastal’s 13.67 thefts per game ranks second in the Big South and 16th in the country. Additionally, Coastal’s thefts have led to 150 points, 37.6 percent of the team’s total offensive output.
450 in Sight
Head coach Alan LeForce is closing in on another milestone in his illustrious career - win number 450. LeForce is in his 30th year of coaching and has compiled an impressive 446-376 record as a head coach, including a 207-197 record at the helm of the Chanticleers.
Coaching and Career Highlights
• Big South’s fourth-winningest coach in League games (88) and second in overall wins (207).
• The only head coach to accumulate 200 wins as a Division I men’s and women’s coach.
• Recorded his 400th career win on Nov. 14, 2008 vs. Erskine.
• Led Coastal to first 20-win season at Division I level in 1999-00 and school’s first since 1982-83.
• Has led Chanticleers to Big South Championship Semifinals seven times and to the title game three times.
• Big South Coach of the Year (1999).
• Posted 108-70 record (.607) as East Tennessee State’s men’s coach, the highest winning percentage in school history with at least four years at ETSU.
• Won two SoCon regular-season championships, two SoCon tournament championships and made two NCAA Tournament berths.
• ETSU ranked as high as No. 10 in Associated Press poll in 1990-91.
• NABC District Coach of the Year in 1991.
• Went 131-109 (.546) as head men’s coach at College of Charleston and served as Cof C Athletics Director for seven years.
• Inducted into four Halls of Fame in his career (Cumberland, College of Charleston, East Tennessee State and Williamsburg (Ky.) High School).
Coastal will take on South Carolina State at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m.