Women's Basketball Set to Play Stetson at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Saturday
Date:Saturday, December 20, 2008Time:At:Myrtle BeachConvention Center – Myrtle Beach, S.C.Series: Coastal Carolina leads 1-0Radio: THE TEAM 93.9 FM (Chris Burgin and Randy Clemens) Live Stats/Video:
Coastal Carolina will host Stetson today at the Crescent Bank Carolina’s Challenge. The Chanticleers won their game at the CBCC last season, defeating AlabamaState 60-45. Sophomore Sydnei Moss tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds, but it was not enough to lift the Chants past UNC Wilmington, who edged Coastal Carolina 56-51 Thursday, Dec. 18 at Kimbel Arena. Sophomore Katie White tied a school record for most blocks in a single game with seven against UNCW. Stetson is playing its second game against a Big South opponent, having defeated Presbyterian 67-63 Thursday night.
Scouting the Hatters
Stetson comes to town riding a three-game win streak, after defeating Big South foe Presbyterian 67-63 Thursday, Dec. 18. The win at Presbyterian marked the Hatters’ first road non-conference victory since 1997, snapping a 29-game losing skid away from the EdmundsCenter. Stetson had three players in double digit scoring on the night withBrittany Carannante (19), Ayesha Barkley (18) and Sharneesha Smith (10) helping the Hatters break the nine-year non-conference road slide. Stetson is 4-4 this season and 1-4 away from DeLand, Fla. Smith and Jessica Bivins have guided the Hatters to a .500 record this season averaging 10.9 and 9.3 points a game, respectively.Series vs. Stetson: Coastal Carolina leads 1-0
In the only meeting between these two squads, Coastal Carolina came out the winner with a 10-point margin of victory over the Hatters. The Chants shot 85.7 (12-of-14) percent from the free throw line, while Stetson sank four of its six foul shots (66.7 percent).
Dear Santa...With only two games remaining in the month of December before Big South Conference play begins, the Chanticleers may be asking Santa Claus for some more points on the scoreboard. Yes, the month of December is a time for gift giving, but Coastal Carolina is being a little too nice this year. During the month of November, the Chants averaged 63.6 points per game, while holding their opponents to 49.4 points a game. However, during the month of December, the Chanticleers are giving up 68 points per contest and knocking down an average of 49 points.
First Half FluctuationCoastal Carolina is 6-1 this season when leading at the half. The Chants got off to a great start in their first seven games, taking the lead into the break on six occasions. During that time, they outscored opponents 212-133 in the first 20 minutes, averaging 30.3 points, while limiting opponents to 19 first half points. Howerver, in the last four games, the Chanticleers have been outscored 32.8 to 19.5 heading into the break and have won the only game they led at the half, which was at South Carolina State (Dec. 16).
It’s Block and WhiteSophomore Katie White tied a Coastal Carolina program record for most blocks in a single game, tallying seven against UNC Wilmington (Dec. 18). White’s defensive prowess led her to five first half blocks, and she rejected two more shots in the second frame. The 6-3 center has a team-leading 19 blocks this season, and leads the league at 2.4 per game.
Chants Late Game Push Not Enough, UNCW Wins 56-51The Chants attempted a late second-half push, but it came up short as UNC Wilmington edged out the Chanticleers 56-51 (Dec. 18) at Kimbel Arena. The Seahawks handed Coastal Carolina its first home loss of the season. Sophomore Sydnei Moss paced the Chants with 14 points and 12 rebounds, picking up her second double-double of the year.
Six Games, Six Different VenuesThe Chanticleers will play three more games this month in three more arenas. Coastal Carolina set out on an 11-day, three-game road swing in December, where they travelled three states, Indiana (Butler - Dec. 6), North Carolina (UNC - Dec. 13) and back to South Carolina (SCSU - Dec. 16). The Chants finally return to Kimbel Arena tonight, Thursday, Dec. 18, for a meeting with UNC Wilmington. The Chants next head down Hwy. 501 to host Stetson in the first game of the Crescent Bank Carolina’s Challenge at the Myrtle BeachConvention Center Saturday, Dec. 20 at In total, the Chanticleers will play their entire December schedule (six games) in different arenas, capped off by a trip to Montgomery, Ala., when they face AlabamaState Monday, Dec. 29.
Reynolds Steals the Show in DebutJunior transfer Kendra Reynolds saw action for the first time this season at South Carolina State (Dec. 16), after sitting out the first nine games due to NCAA transfer regulations. Reynolds put the Chants on the board with her first drive to the basket and went on to record her first career double-double leading the Chants to a 53-43 victory over the Bulldogs.The South Bend, Ind., native knocked home a game-high 13 points and owned the glass with 11 rebounds, including 10 defensive boards for the Chanticleers. Reynolds also picked up a game-high three assists.
Free Throw Shooting Clinches 53-43 Victory at SCSUJunior Amanda Stull scored the final seven points at the free-throw line to help Coastal Carolina seal a 53-43 victory over South CarolinaState Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the S-H-MMemorialCenter. Coastal Carolina went 9-for-10 at the line in the final three minutes of play. The Bulldogs attempted a late charge with an 8-0 run, cutting the Chants lead to 44-41 with remaining in the game. The final nine points for the Chanticleers came at the line, with sophomore Sydnei Moss getting it started with two points at the charity stripe to give the Chants a 46-41 advantage. SCSU cut it back to three points at 46-43, but failed to convert their chances, forcing them to foul the Chanticleers. Stull, a 78.6-percent free throw shooter, was sent to the line on the next four Chant possessions. Stull missed her first shot, but then went 7-for-7 in the closing two minutes of the game.
Stull Accepting Charity Junior Amanda Stull is shooting 79.3 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 46-for-58, which includes two 8-for-8 performances against Wofford (Nov. 19) and Southern Virginia (Nov. 30). Stull went 7-for-8, including hitting her final seven freebies in the last two minutes at South CarolinaState (Dec. 16), to bring home the 53-43 win.
Rookie RoundupFreshmen Olivia Irick and Taylor Epley came off the bench to score six points each at North Carolina to help the reserves score 24 points against the Tar Heels. Epley knocked down her first career triple on her first attempt as a Chanticleer against the Heels. Irick is averaging 4.6 points a game, while Epley is adding 1.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest.
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.
From Start to FinishCoastal 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 24 minutes a game. Juniors Amanda Stull and Devin Rivers and sophomores Sydnei Moss,Kate Jasinski and Katie White are producing 61.2 percent of the Chanticleers’ scoring. Add on sophomore Jessica Noll’s four starts, and junior Kendra Reynolds’ two starts, Coastal Carolina’s starters have tallied 73.9 percent of the Chants points this season.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 59-37 (.615) in the past three seasons.
New FacesThe 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, sat out the first half of the season due to NCAA regulations and Waters will miss the entire season after transferring from Eastern Kentucky.
Starters Go Cold, Bench Heats UpCoastal Carolina’s starting five, juniors Amanda Stull and Devin Rivers and sophomores Sydnei Moss, Kate Jasinski and Katie White combined for 20 pointsin the 95-44 loss to No. 2 North Carolina (Dec. 13). The five players were 7-for-40 from the field and finished shooting 17.5 percent. Rivers and Moss owned five of the seven buckets, while Stull and White added one each, leaving Jasinski to pick up her two points at the charity stripe. The Chanticleer reserves shot 34.6 percent from the floor, sinking nine baskets for 24 points. It was the first time this season the Chants bench tallied more points than the starting lineup.
Poor Shooting Helps Heels to 95-44 Win Over ChantsCoastal Carolina leading scorer, junior Amanda Stull, was held to two points as second-ranked North Carolina ran past the Chants 95-44. Junior Devin Rivers led the Chants with eight points, while four players scored in double digits for the Tar Heels, with Italee Lucas knocking down a game-high 17 points. Coastal Carolina had its poorest shooting performance of the season going 16-for-66 from the floor, shooting 24.2 percent, while North Carolina shot 44.6 percent on 33-of-74 from the field.
Stull Feels Right at Home in Indiana, Scores Career HighJunior 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.
Butler Rules the Boards, Defeats Chants 78-48The Chanticleers were handed their second loss of the season at Butler (Dec. 6), where the Chanticleers 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 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.
Chants Get Votes in Associated Press Top 25 PollAfter 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 NollSophomore 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.
Coastal Carolina Zips Past CokerSophomore Jessica Noll recorded her first career double-double to lead the CoastalCarolinaUniversity 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 VirginiaCoastal 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 CylindersSophomore 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 SeasonSophomore Kate Jasinski poured in a career-high 23 points, but the CoastalCarolinaUniversity 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 HonorJunior 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 CoastalCarolinaUniversity 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 LineupSophomore 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 63-44Junior Amanda Stull scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the first half, leading the CoastalCarolinaUniversity 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 HighSophomore 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 WoffordCoastal 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=PointsCoastal 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 CampbellJunior Amanda Stull scored a driving layup with 46 seconds remaining in the game to put the CoastalCarolinaUniversity 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 WinWith 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 ErskineThe 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 WinJunior 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 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.
Chants Tabbed Sixth in Preseason PollThe CoastalCarolinaUniversity 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 InternetFor the second straight year, the CoastalCarolinaUniversity 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 PresbyterianCollege. 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 GamesCoastal 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 NextALABAMA STATE (1-7, 0-0 SWAC)Date: Monday, Dec. 29, 2008Time: At: The Acadome - Montgomery, Ala.Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 1-0Alabama State 2008-09: The Hornets have lost their past five games, with the most recent loss coming in a 51-49 decision to Louisiana-Lafayette Dec. 16. ASU defeated MurrayState 61-59 for its only win of the season. AlabamaState will play one more contest at Tulane (Dec. 20), before hosting the Chanticleers.