Chants Return to the Hardwood on Thursday
Dec. 12, 2012
Coastal Carolina (5-2, 1-0 Big South)
Converse (0-6, 0-3 Conference Carolinas)
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | 5 p.m.
Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
CONWAY - After taking a 12-day break for the Fall examination period, the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team returns to the hardwood on Thursday. The Chanticleers welcome Converse to The HTC Center for a 5 p.m. tipoff as part of a doubleheader with the men's team.
Online Broadcast: The game will be broadcast live online at GoCCUSports.com. The Voice of the Chanticleers Matt Hogue will describe all the action.
Online Audio Link: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/coastal.portal#
Live Stats: Available via GoCCUSports.com
Video Stream: Big South Network
Series: Coastal Carolina leads 8-0
Streak: Win 8
Last 10: 8-0
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina used a 27-0 run to overcome a two-point second half deficit to down Converse 84-55. Kayla Cook, Olivia Irick, Shanika Maddox and AJ Jordan each scored in double-figures. Cook led the foursome with a career-high 17 points and Irick scored 16 while Maddox and Jordan each chipped in 13.
Coastal looks to improve on its 5-2 record, while staying perfect at home.
Through seven games, three Chanticleers average 10-plus points per game -- AJ Jordan (13.0), Shatia Cole (12.1) and Angelica Henry (10.0).
Coastal has rebounded from each of its two losses on the season to win the next game. Most recently the Chants downed Gardner-Webb 65-62 after falling 45-51 in their previous game at IPFW.
The Chanticleers rank 11th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to a mere 31.4 percentage from the field.
The Chants have recorded a trio of double-doubles on the season, compared to only four all of last year.
The Chants and The Valkyries
Thursday's meeting marks the ninth 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 seven by an average of 34 points. Last season, the Chanticleers rolled to an 84-55 victory over the Valkyries on Dec. 11. Kayla Cook paced four Chanticleers in double figures with a career-high 17 points.
A Look At Converse
Converse enters the game having lost each of its six games to start the season. The Valkyries have already played one Division I opponent, falling 79-23 at East Carolina.
Samaria Gillcrese's 10.8 points per outing leads the Valkyries in the scoring column, while her 8.7 rebounds per game is also tops on the team.
1 Not 23
AJ Jordan is in the midst of having a breakout sophomore season for the Chanticleers. Through the first seven games the guard is averaging a team-high 13.0 points per contest, while shooting 44 percent from the field. Jordan ranks second on the team in rebounding as she averages 5.7 per contest. Moreover, the Harriman, Tenn., product ranks second in the Big South with an impressive +1.24 assist to turnover ratio.
The LeForce Hospitality Suite
On Dec. 6, 2012, the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation's suite in The HTC Center was renamed the LeForce Hospitality Suite in honor of women's basketball head coach Alan LeForce and his wife Shirley. LeForce is Coastal Carolina's all-time winningest women's basketball coach. Moreover, LeForce is the only coach in NCAA history to accumulate 200 or more wins as a Division I men's and women's head coach.
On This Date
Coastal Carolina holds a 2-3 all-time record in games played on Dec. 13. The Chants first played on Dec. 13 during the 1986-87 season and were defeated 51-75 by Augusta State. Coastal won 65-47 in its last game played on Dec. 13 against Converse in the 2009-10 season. Coastal is 2-2 on Dec. 13 during the LeForce era.
Connor's Career Day
Center Katelyn Connor turned in a career-best performance against Gardner-Webb as she tallied her first career double-double. The junior posted career-highs with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Connor shot 4-of-7 from the field and 6-of-12 from the charity stripe. Each of her four offensive rebounds led to second-chance points for the Chanticleers. She also set her career-high with a game-high four blocked shots, including a key block on an Olivia Parker layup attempt with 16 seconds to play.