Coastal Womens Hoops Looks to Continue Winning Ways vs. North Greenville
The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (4-2), fresh off a 58-33 win over Campbell Dec. 11, will host North Greenville University (4-6) Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., in Kimbel Arena. The Lady Chanticleers received a 33-point performance from senior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) and a stellar team defensive effort to defeat the Camels on Monday night.
Scouting North Greenville
North Greenville also played on Dec. 11, falling to Coker 75-61. Eboni Davis led the Crusaders with 12 points, while Debbie Wyatt had 10 rebounds. North Greenville averages 71.3 points per game and is led by Audrey Toscanos 15.1 points a contest. Toscano also is averaging 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals a game.
North Greenville is coached by Jayne Arledge, who is in her 26th season at the Greenville, S.C., campus. She has a 299-386 record at the school and in her career.
Series vs. North Greenville
Coastal and North Greenville have never met on the hardwood during the regular season, but the two teams did play in exhibition action last season, with Coastal coming out on top 95-56.
Dill Second in Nation in Scoring Average
Senior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) is averaging 24.5 points per game after six contests, good for second in points per game in NCAA Division I basketball. Dill set a new career high with 33 points in a 58-33 win over Campbell Dec. 11. She has scored 26 points on three occasions this year and now has 837 career points. Dill trails Carrie Moore of Western Michigan, who is averaging 27.9 points a contest. Dill can gain ground on Moore this week, as Western Michigan does not play until Dec. 19.
Dill is not the only Lady Chanticleer in the NCAA ranks. Freshman Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River) is third in the country in three-point field goal percentage, shooting at 58.3 percent. Sidney Spencer of Tennessee leads that category with 62.2 percent.
Coastal Defense Stingy in Win over Campbell
The Coastal Carolina defense held Campbell to just 20 percent shooting and 33 points in the 58-33 win over the Fighting Camels Dec. 11. Campbell was just 1-of-15 from three-point range and was held to its lowest scoring output in school history. Coastals defense forced Campbell into 22 turnovers and senior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) led the charge with three steals.
Coastal now has given up 32.0 points in the two home games this season. Coastal started the home campaign with a 90-31 win over Southern Virginia.
Dill Feeling It in Win over Camels
Senior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) continued her breakout senior campaign with a 33-point outburst against Campbell Dec. 11. Dill was 13-of-26 from the field, hit five-three pointers and had five rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot. Dill became the third player in the Big South this season to score 30 or more points, joining freshman teammate Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River) and Libertys Megan Frazee. She also has scored 26 or more points in a game four times this season.
Defense Especially Tough From Outside the Arc
The Coastal Carolina defense is holding its opponents to just 20.5 percent from three-point range this season. This includes holding Campbell to just 1-of-15 from three in a 58-33 win Dec. 11. Meanwhile, the Coastal offense is shooting 38.9 percent from behind the arc, led by freshman Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River) 53.8 percent.
Coastal Stays in Area for Next Month
Starting with the Dec. 11 game against Campbell, 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.
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.
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).
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 129-129 record at CCU and a 369-309 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 189 points and 185 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 travels to Greensboro, N.C., to face UNC Greensboro Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. The game can be heard on www.GoCCUSports.com.