The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (4-2) went on a 13-2 run to open the second half and then held on for a 58-51 win over the College of Charleston (3-5) in the first game of the Crescent Bank Carolinas Challenge Dec. 20 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Coastal opened the game with three-pointers from junior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) and senior Amber Rose (Bloomington Springs, Tenn./Upperman), but the College of Charleston went up 14-10 with 8:01 left after a Christina Williams layup. The Lady Chants then went on a 5-0 run that was capped by a layup from sophomore C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside). The College of Charleston would take its last lead at 5:37 on a jumper from Erica Irick, but Coastal ended the first half on a 12-4 run. Yates had five of CCUs points, including a three with eight seconds remaining.
Yates had eight first-half points to lead Coastal, while Irick also had eight points for C of C. Both teams struggled from the field in the first frame, with the Lady Chants shooting 31.3 percent and the Cougars at 34.5 percent from the floor.
The 13-2 Coastal run started with a three from Rose at 19:53. Senior Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwasee C.C.) then hit an old-fashion three-point play to put CCU up 13 at 33-20. Rose then had three free throws and a layup and Yates hit a layup at 16:47 to give the Lady Chants a 40-22 lead. The lead would be as much as 18 with 5:56 left on a Turner jumper, but a 14-1 run by the College of Charleston over 5:32 gave the Cougars a chance at the end of the game. A three by Irick with 24 seconds left made it 54-49 CCU. Junior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) hit two free throws to extend the lead to seven and after an Irick layup, Yates hit two free throws to ice the game and give the Lady Chants its fourth win of the campaign.
Turner hit six second-half field goals and ended the game with a team-high 17 points. She also had eight rebounds, which was a game high. Yates added 12 and Rose had a season high 11 points. Irick led all scorers with 23 points and Melissa Chambers had six rebounds.
Coastal outrebounded the Cougars 44-39 and forced C of C into 16 turnovers. CCU shot 32.8 percent and was 13-of-17 from the free-throw line.
Both teams will take the Christmas break and return to the floor Saturday, Dec. 31. Coastal hosts UNC Greensboro at 1 p.m., while the Cougars are at North Carolina at 2 p.m.
NOTES: Coastal snapped a three-game losing streak to the College of Charleston The Cougars now lead the all-time series 30-8 Junior Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) hit her first career three-pointer in the first half. This comes after Turner hit her first career three against North Carolina Coastal was 5-of-7 from the free-throw line in the last five minutes Coastal is now 2-0 against Southern Conference teams this year. Coastal defeated Furman 71-67 Dec. 3 Senior Demaria Young (Memphis, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) had six rebounds and Dill had a game-high four assists.