Dec. 16, 2011
Coastal Carolina (6-1, 0-0 Big South) vs. South Carolina State (3-6, 0-0 MEAC)
Sunday, December 18 | Carolinas Challenge | Myrtle Beach, S.C. | Myrtle Beach Convention Center
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina women's basketball takes on South Carolina State in its annual appearance in the Carolinas Challenge at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Sunday, Dec. 18. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Broadcast: The Coastal Carolina - South Carolina State game will be broadcast live online via GoCCUSports.com with Chris Burgin on the call.
Live Stats: Available at BeachBallClassic.com
Video Stream: None
Series: Coastal Carolina trails 7-10
Streak: Win 2
Last 10: 7-3
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina and South Carolina State last met on Dec. 16, 2008, in Orangeburg as the Chanticleers escaped with a 53-43 victory. Kendra Reynolds and Amanda Stull combined for 25 of the Chants' 53 points as Coastal held the Bulldogs without a double-digit scorer.
The Opening Tip
The Chants and the Bulldogs
Coastal and South Carolina State have met 17 times since the 1974-75 season with the Bulldogs holding a 10-7 edge in the series. However, the Chanticleers have taken control of the series recently posting a 7-3 record in the last 10 meetings, including wins in the schools' previous two clashes.
A Look At The Bulldogs
South Carolina State enters the contest coming off a 66-21 loss at South Carolina. The Bulldogs hold a 3-6 record on the season and have played three Big South Conference members, defeating Charleston Southern and falling to Presbyterian and Winthrop. Junior guard Tiara Knotts is the only South Carolina State player to average in double-figures at 12.4 per outing. Forward Trinese Fox is the team's second leading scorer averaging 7.1 per game. The Bulldogs are averaging 52.9 points, 36.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.
The Cook's Specialty
Kayla Cook turned in the most impressive performance of her career against Converse as she scored a career-high 17 points on a season-high 6-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Cook scored 11 of her points during the Chants' game-sealing 27-0 run in the second half. The guard also tallied season-bests with two assists, two steals and 24 minutes played.
Through seven games Coastal Carolina's bench has outscored its opponents 204-115. The bench's most dominate performance came in the third game of the season against St. Andrews as nine reserves combined to best their counterparts 49-15. Not to be outdone, the Chants starting lineup holds a +16 scoring margin.
Bench Scoring by Game
Coastal: 41 -- Southern Virginia: 16
Coastal: 17 -- College of Charleston: 5
Coastal: 49 -- St. Andrews: 15
Coastal: 25 -- Western Carolina: 16
Coastal: 16 -- North Florida: 29
Coastal: 18 -- Coker: 14
Coastal: 38 -- Converse: 20
The Chanticleers' aggression on the defensive end of the floor has led to 104 steals this season. Coastal's 14.9 thefts per game tops the Big South rankings and is 11th in the country. Additionally, Coastal's thefts have led to 194 points, 40.2 percent of the team's total offensive output.
Cleaning the Glass
Through seven games the Chanticleers have dominated both the offensive and defensive glass. The Chants' 19.14 offensive boards per game ranks atop the Big South while their 26.14 defensive boards ranks fifth. Moreover, Coastal's +7.6 rebounding margin ranks second in the conference and 30th in the NCAA. Sophomore forward Shanika Maddox leads Coastal with 9.7 rebound per game to rank fourth in the Big South and 42nd in the NCAA.
Coastal Carolina will have 10 days off for the Christmas holiday before returning to the court as host to USC Upstate on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. in its final non-conference game of the season.
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