Dec. 28, 2011
Coastal Carolina (6-2, 0-0 Big South) vs. USC Upstate (1-10, 0-2 Atlantic Sun)
Thursday, December 29 | 7 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | Kimbel Arena
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina women’s basketball hosts USC Upstate in its final non-conference game of the season on Thursday, Dec. 29. Tipoff from Kimbel Arena is set for 7 p.m.
Broadcast: The Coastal Carolina - USC Upstate game will be broadcast live online via GoCCUSports.com with Garry Griffith on the call.
Live Stats: Available at GoCCUSports.com
Video Stream: Available via BigSouthSports.com
Series: Coastal Carolina trails 2-6
Streak: Win 1
Last 10: 2-6
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina and USC Upstate last met on Dec. 30, 2010, in Spartanburg with the Chanticleers escaping with a 70-62 victory. Kira Carter (21 points), Katie White (17 points) and Olivia Irick (11 points) each scored in double-figures to account for 70 percent of Coastal’s offensive output.
The Opening Tip
The Chants and the Spartans
Coastal Carolina and USC Upstate have met eight times on the hardwood with the first occurring in the Chants' inaugural season of 1974-75. The schools met seven times before the series was suspended after the 1985-86 season with the Spartans holding a commanding 6-1 record over Coastal. The series was resumed last season as the Chants claimed a 70-62 victory in Spartanburg despite an early injury to Sydnei Moss, Coastal’s eighth all-time leading scorer.
A Look At The Spartans
USC Upstate has struggled out of the gate to a 1-10 overall mark and a 0-2 record in Atlantic Sun play. The Spartan’s lone victory came in a 73-66 affair at Big South foe UNC Asheville. Upstate holds a 1-1 record against the Big South this season defeating Asheville and falling to Presbyterian (72-64).
The Spartans are averaging 52.6 points per game, but are surrendering 80.5 per contest. The squad is averaging 21.5 turnovers per game, while recording only 10.2 steals. Tee’Ara Copney is the only Spartan to start all 11 games as she averages a team-high 15.4 points per contest. Lauren McRoberts leads the team with 5.2 boards per game followed by Paulina Zaveckaite’s 4.8 rebounds.
Cole Earns Second Big South Honor
Freshman Shatia Cole was tabbed The Crons Brand Big South Freshman of the Week for games played Dec. 13-19.
This is the second time this season Cole has earned the honor. The Myrtle Beach native joins Brooke Weisbrod (1997-98), Amanda Stull (2006-07), Lacey Lyons (2006-07) and Sydnei Moss (2007-08) as the only freshmen in Chanticleer history to garner multiple Big South Freshman of the Week accolades.
Cole, making her second collegiate start, put in 13 points and dished out five helpers for the Chanticleers against South Carolina State. She connected on 67 percent of her shots from the floor, including one from 3-point land. Cole also pulled down one board and came away with three steals in the narrow 61-59 loss.
Coastal’s Multiple Big South Freshman of the Week Winners
Brooke Weisbrod (4) - Dec. 15, 1997; Dec. 22, 1997; Jan. 26, 1998; Feb. 2, 1998
Amanda Stull (2) - Nov. 21, 2006; Jan. 22, 2007
Lacey Lyons (2) - Nov. 27, 2006; Jan. 2, 2007
Sydnei Moss (2) - Nov. 13, 2007; March 10, 2008
Shatia Cole (2) - Nov. 15, 2011; Dec. 20, 2011
Only 14 Triples Away
Senior guard Olivia Irick has knocked down 76 triples throughout her career, including six this season. Irick needs only 14 more 3-pointers to equal Amber Rose (2002-03) for 10th all-time in the Coastal Carolina record book.
Cleaning the Glass
Through eight games the Chanticleers have dominated both the offensive and defensive glass. The Chants’ 18.38 offensive boards per game ranks fourth in the Big South while their 25.13 defensive boards rank fifth. Moreover, Coastal’s +8.1 rebounding margin ranks second in the conference and 25th in the NCAA. Sophomore forward Shanika Maddox leads Coastal with 9.6 rebounds per game to rank fourth in the Big South and 43rd in the NCAA.
Coastal Carolina opens Big South Conference play with a two game homestand. The Chants host Winthrop on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. followed by Presbyterian College on Monday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
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