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Women's Basketball Visits Second-Ranked North Carolina Saturday

       

Women's Basketball Visits Second-Ranked North Carolina Saturday

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Coastal Carolina travelled to Indianapolis last week and dropped a 78-48 decision at Butler. Junior Amanda Stull, a native of Rushville, Ind., scored a career-high 20 points and tied a personal best of 11 rebounds. Stull added five steals and four assists in the game. Stull leads the Chanticleers in scoring, averaging 12.3 points a game. North Carolina is off to a 9-0 start this season, led by Jessica Breland, who is averaging 15.2 points and 6.9 boards a contest.   Stull Feels Right at Home in Indiana, Scores Career High Junior Amanda Stull had one of the most dominating performances by a Chanticleer this season at Butler (Dec. 6). Stull nabbed 17 of her career-high 20 points in the second half and pulled down 11 rebounds, tying a personal best mark. The Rushville, Ind., native added five steals and four assists, but Coastal Carolina came out on the losing end of a 78-48 decision.   The Key Reserve Sophomore Jessica Noll has elevated her game in the past three outings. She netted a career-high 15 points leading the Chants over Southern Virginia (Nov. 29), before steering Coastal Carolina to a 64-31 victory over Coker (Nov. 30). Noll was the second leading scorer behind junior Amanda Stull (20 points), scoring seven points at Butler (Dec. 6). Noll has averaged 11.3 points and 7.0 boards in three games, proving to be a strong lift for the Chanticleers off the bench.   Butler Rules the Boards, Defeats Chants 78-48 The Chanticleers were handed their second loss of the season at Butler (Dec. 6), where the Chants were outrebounded 55-30 and managed only nine offensive boards in the entire game, while the Bulldogs grabbed 22 in the contest. Butler capitalized on Coastal Carolina’s slow start to take 37-18 lead at the half.  A layup by junior Amanda Stull with 7:55 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.   When In the Loss Column... Coastal Carolina has found itself on the losing end twice this season. In their two defeats, the Chanticleers have allowed their opponents pull down over 50 rebounds and score over 70 points. In its six wins, Coastal Carolina has been solid on defense holding teams to less than 46 points. College of Charleston (Nov. 22) was the first team to get past the Chants with a 72-58 win, tallying 51 rebounds, while the Chanticleers picked up 33. At Butler (Dec. 6), the Chanticleers were pushed off the glass as the Bulldogs corralled 55 boards to take a 78-48 victory. Coastal Carolina managed only 30 rebounds in that game.   The Unfriendly Road Coastal Carolina is 1-2 on the road in 2008-09. The Chants have dropped two games by an average of 22 points. The only bright spot away from Kimbel Arena was a 52-50 victory over Wofford. The Chanticleers have been outscored  82-56 in the second half on the road, even though three players are averaging over 12 points away from Conway. Junior Amanda Stull (15.5 ppg) and sophomores Sydnei Moss (12.3) and Kate Jasinski (12.0) have had standout performances in visiting arenas.   Strong Start... Again Coastal Carolina is off to a good start this season posting a 6-2 record in the first eight games. The Chants are 5-0 in Kimbel Arena, outscoring opponents by an average of 22 points at home. Last year, the Chanticleers recorded the best start in program history with a 7-0 record.   Stull Accepting Charity Junior Amanda Stull is shooting 80.0 percent from the charity stripe this season. Stull did not go the line in the season opener against Erskine (Nov. 14), but has been found her way to the line ever since and is making the most of her freebies. Stull is 36-for-45, which includes two 8-for-8 performances against Wofford (Nov. 19) and Southern Virginia (Nov. 30).   Chants Get Votes in Associated Press Top 25 Poll After a 6-1 start to the 2008-09 season, the Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team received four votes in the Associated Press Top 25 national rankings released Monday, Dec. 1. Coastal Carolina made its first ever appearance in the AP poll in program history Monday, Nov. 24, 2008.   24 Hours is All it Takes for Noll Sophomore Jessica Noll had two of her best outings in a Chanticleer uniform over the weekend, recording personal bests in points, rebounds, assists and blocks. Against Southern Virginia (Nov. 29), Noll found a rhythm in the second half going 6-for-7 from the floor tallying a career-high 15 points, helping the Chanticleer reserves outscore the Lady Knights’ bench 33-5. Less than 24 hours later, Noll was a spark of the bench and led the Chants with her first career double-double, draining 12 points and pulling down 13 rebounds, lifting Coastal Carolina over Coker (Nov. 30). Noll also nabbed a career-high three blocks against Coker and matched a personal best one assist in the game.   Flying First Half Coastal Carolina has led at the half in six of its first eight games. The Chanticleers are averaging 28.8 points in the first half and limiting their opponents to 21.3 points in the opening frame. Wofford and Butler are the only teams to edge out the Chants in the opening period. The Chanticleers are 5-1 when leading at the half.   Rookie Roundup Freshman Olivia Irick came off the bench to lead all scorers with 16 points against Erskine (Nov. 14) and is averaging 4.8 points per game for the Chanticleers. Irick nabbed a season-high seven steals against Coker (Nov. 30). Freshman Taylor Epley recorded a personal-best three points at Butler and has been consistent for Coastal Carolina, averaging 2.3 rebounds a game.   From Start to Finish Coastal Carolina’s starting lineup is putting up some significant numbers in the early going of the season. Four of the five starters are averaging over 28 minutes a game. Juniors Amanda Stull and Devin Rivers and sophomores Sydnei Moss and Kate Jasinski are producing 63.1 percent of the Chanticleers’ scoring. Add on sophomore Jessica Noll’s four starts and classmate Katie White’s five starts, six players have tallied 78.3 percent of the Chants points in the first eight games.   Blocking Back Coastal Carolina returned its top three blockers from last season. Sophomore Katie White, who stands at 6-foot-3, returned to the floor and has already picked up nine of the Chanticleers’ 26 blocks in her five games. Juniors Devin Rivers and Amanda Stull followed White last season, combining for 28 blocks, and the duo has registered five this year. Sophomore Jessica Noll recorded a career-high three blocks against Coker (Nov. 30), for a total of four blocks this season.   Coastal Carolina Zips Past Coker Sophomore Jessica Noll recorded her first career double-double to lead the Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team past Coker 64-31 Sunday, Nov. 30. Noll tallied game-highs of 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Chants, while redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley used the second half to score a season-high 10 points. The Chants only shot 29 percent in the first frame, but that was enough to go ahead of the Lady Cobras 27-12 at the break, who were shooting 16 percent from the floor. Coastal Carolina finished the day shooting 36.9 percent as Coker shot 23.1 percent from the field.   Chanticleers Set Record, Dominate Southern Virginia Coastal Carolina set a school record for fewest points in a half by an opponent and sailed past Southern Virginia 76-36 Saturday, Nov. 29. The Chanticleers held the Lady Knights to just three points in the first 20 minutes of play, grabbing a 37-3 advantage at the half. Every player dressed for the Chanticleers made a contribution on the scoreboard, as all 10 players earned a bucket in the victory. Sophomore Jessica Noll used the final 10 minutes in the game to register a career-high 15 points, going 6-for-10 on the day.   Jasinski Firing on All Cylinders Sophomore Kate Jasinski had a career night at College of Charleston (Nov. 25), where she led the Chanticleers with a personal-best 23 points. She also tallied a career-high five rebounds in the game. Jasinski started the game going 4-for-4 from the field, scoring 10 of the Chants’ first 13 points. She finished the game 10-of-18 from the floor, including three triples. Jasinski also nabbed four steals.   College of Charleston Hands Chants First Loss of Season Sophomore Kate Jasinski poured in a career-high 23 points, but the Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team dropped a 72-58 decision to College of Charleston at Carolina First Arena Tuesday, Nov. 25. The Chanticleers held a 32-31 advantage at the half but came out flat in the second frame to shoot 29 percent from the field, while College of Charleston shot 48 percent from the floor to outscore the Chants 41 to 26 in the second half. Jasinski was 10-of-18 from the field and picked up four steals and a career-high five rebounds. Junior Amanda Stull was the only other Chant to score in double digits with 11 points and added three assists. Sophomore Sydnei Moss narrowly missed her second double-double of the season, grabbing 10 rebounds and scoring nine points.   Stull Earns Big South Player of the Week Honor Junior Amanda Stull was named Big South Player of the Week, the League announced Monday, Nov. 24. It is Stull’s first-ever Player of the Week honor, after being named Freshman of the Week twice during her rookie campaign. Stull posted a solid week for the Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team as she averaged 14.3 points per game to lead Coastal Carolina to three wins. She connected on 50-percent of her shots from the floor as she hit 14-of-28 tries. Stull was in double-digits in scoring in all three games and hit 15-of-17 attempts from the charity stripe, including an 8-of-8 performance against Wofford. She also finished the week with 19 rebounds, including 11 caroms against Jacksonville on Nov. 22. The guard closed the three-game span with seven assists and eight steals.   White Returns to Lineup Sophomore Katie White missed the first three games due to illness, but made her first start against Jacksonville Saturday, Nov. 22. White went 3-for-3 from the field for six points, pulled down seven rebounds and added two blocks for the Chants.   Chanticleers Topple Jacksonville 63-44 Junior Amanda Stull scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the first half, leading the Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team a 63-44 victory over Jacksonville (Nov.22). Stull matched a career-high with 16 points and picked up 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Junior Devin Rivers had 13 points while sophomore Sydnei Moss added 11 points for the Chants. Sophomore Katie White was in action for the first time this season and picked up six points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Coastal Carolina dominated the glass outrebounding the Dolphins 46 to 27, including 33 defensive boards.   Moss Sets Career High Sophomore Sydnei Moss scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Chanticleers to a 67-64 win at Wofford (Nov. 19). Moss tallied 17 of her 22 points in the second half, hitting 6-of-11 shots from the floor and added a team-best eight rebounds.   Free-For-All Gives the Chants a 67-64 Win At Wofford Coastal Carolina went 25-for-29 at the free throw line in the 67-64 win over Wofford (Nov. 19). The Chanticleers shot 86.2 percent from the line, while Wofford shot 50 percent (14-28). Junior Amanda Stull was 8-of-8, while sophomore Sydnei Moss went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe. Redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley was 4-of-4 and sophomore Jessica Noll hit both her free throws when she stepped up to the line.   Turnovers=Points Coastal Carolina forced Campbell to turn the ball over 29 times, which led to 29 Chanticleer points as they defeated the Camels 52-50 (Nov. 17). Coastal Carolina scored 17 of its 19 first half points off of Campbell’s 21 turnovers.    Stull Switches Gears, Leads Chants to 52-50 Win Over Campbell Junior Amanda Stull scored a driving layup with 46 seconds remaining in the game to put the Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team (2-0) up for good as it squeezed out a 52-50 victory over Campbell (1-1) Monday, Nov. 17 at Kimbel Arena. Stull went 6-of-8 in the second half to score all of her 13 points. Sophomore Kate Jasinski scored a game-high 14 points and added five assists, while sophomore Sydnei Moss picked up eight rebounds in the win.   LeForce Earns 400th Career Win With the 65-49 win over Erskine Friday, Nov. 14, Coastal Carolina Head Coach Alan LeForce earned his 400th career win. LeForce is in his 12th season as the Chanticleers’ mentor and has compiled a 160-150 record at Coastal Carolina and a 400-330 overall record in 25 seasons as a head coach. LeForce is the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in Coastal Carolina history and is the only coach to win 100 games in both Division I men’s and women’s basketball.   Bench Blasts Erskine The Coastal Carolina bench outscored Erskine’s reserves 23-5 in the season opener, en route to a 65-49 victory for the Chants. Freshman Olivia Irick earned 16 points for the Chants in 17 minutes of play. Redshirt sophomore Lauren Grochowski had five points, while redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley had two points in the win.   Chants Send Fleet Flying with 65-49 Win Junior Devin Rivers and sophomore Sydnei Moss recorded double-doubles to lead the Chanticleers to a 65-49 win over Erskine Nov. 14. Rivers had 12 points and matched a personal best grabbing 10 rebounds. Moss tallied 12 points and collected a career-high 13 rebounds. Coastal Carolina led by as many as 21 points in the first half. Up 52-37 in the second half, Erskine strung together the next eight points, cutting the deficit to seven points at 52-45 with 8:07 remaining, but Coastal Carolina went on a 13-3 run to close out the game. The Chanticleers out-rebounded Erskine 55-33 and had 23 second chance points, while the Flying Fleet had five. The win moved the Chanticleers to 18-17 in season openers and 10-1 in lidlifters under Head Coach Alan LeForce.   S-E-N-I-O-R-S? Coastal Carolina’s 2008-09 roster lists no seniors. This is the first time in Head Coach Alan LeForce’s 12 years he will be missing that senior leadership. However, the 2008-09 squad is rich in talent and experience. LeForce believes this is one of the most talented groups he and his staff have ever assembled at Coastal Carolina.   All Aboard!!! For the fourth consecutive season, Coastal Carolina will have the same coaching staff on the bench. Head Coach Alan LeForce enters his 12th season at the helm for the Chants. All assistant coaches return with Frank Moorhead starting his seventh season, Mark Kost begins his sixth and Shameka Montgomery starts her fourth year. This staff has put together a squad that has gone 53-33 (.616) in the past three seasons.  

New Faces

The Chanticleers welcome four newcomers to the team in transfers Kendra Reynolds and Lindsey Waters and freshmen Taylor Epley and Olivia Irick. Reynolds, a junior transfer from Olney Central JC, will sit out the first half of the season due to NCAA regulations and Waters will miss the entire season after transferring from Eastern Kentucky. Epley and Irick will look to transition to the college game and contribute this season.

Chants Tabbed Sixth in Preseason Poll The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team has been picked to tie for sixth place in this season’s Big South Conference Preseason Poll, the conference announced at Media Day Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Concord, N.C. The poll was voted on by the league’s coaches and selected media members. Liberty, the 2008 Big South Champion, was the clear preseason favorite after receiving 17 of 19 first-place votes and 169 points. Winthrop was predicted second with 143 points and High Point placed third with 129 points. Radford earned one first-place vote, landing in fourth spot with 116 points, followed by UNC Asheville who edged out the Chanticleers with 75 points. Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb each tallied 73 points, while Charleston Southern (55 points) and Presbyterian (22 points) were voted eighth and ninth, respectively. For the third consecutive year, Liberty’s Megan Frazee was selected as the Preseason Player of the year and to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Frazee is joined by teammate Moriah Frazee, Ashley Fann (Winthrop), Pamela Tolbert (Charleston Southern) and Johnette Walker (Radford) as preseason All-Conference selections.   All Coastal Carolina Games To Be Broadcast On the Internet For the second straight year, the Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team will broadcast every regular-season and postseason game. Beginning with the season opener Nov. 14 against Erskine, all 28 regular season games and postseason contests will be available at ww.GoCCUsports.com. The broadcasts will start 10 minutes prior to tipoff. Describing the action will be Chris Burgin, who enters his second year as “The Voice of Chanticleers Women’s Basketball.”  Burgin came to Coastal Carolina after spending the previous eight years as play-by-play voice for Big South Conference rival Presbyterian College. During his tenure with the Blue Hose, Burgin handled the broadcasts for football, men’s and women’s basketball, along with baseball and softball. He was behind the microphone when the PC football team won the South Atlantic Conference championship and recorded the school’s first NCAA football playoff appearance in 2005.  Burgin was also witness to a Division II “Sweet 16” trip by the men’s basketball team in 2003 and numerous appearances in the postseason by the women’s basketball squad. Burgin, a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina, is currently employed by SportsRadio 1410 WPCC in Clinton. In addition, every postseason game, beginning with the 2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Tournament March 12 in High Point, N.C., will be broadcast on both ww.GoCCUsports.com and THE TEAM 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach.   Big South To Video Stream All Women’s Basketball Conference Games Coastal Carolina will video stream all home games this season on THE EDGE, the Big South’s streaming web site. Coastal Carolina will also have every game of the Big South schedule on THE EDGE as well as complete coverage of the 2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Tournament in High Point, N.C. The video stream of women’s basketball games and all Big South events, which will also be available on a video-ondemand 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 $79.95 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.   Up Next SOUTH CAROLINA STATE Date: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 Time: 7 p.m. At: Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center - Orangeburg, S.C. Series Record: South Carolina State leads 10-6 South Carolina State 2008-09: The Bulldogs are in the midst of a 10-day break for final exams, and will return to the court when they host Coastal Carolina. The Bulldogs are 2-4 on the season, picking up wins over UNC Asheville and Winston-Salem State. Marie Reid (14.5 ppg) and Sophilia Hipps (12.3 ppg) head the Bulldogs’ offense.