Coastal Opens Sun Belt Schedule Friday

       

Dec. 28, 2017

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team begins its Sun Belt Conference schedule Friday as it hosts UTA for a 3:30 p.m. game at the HTC Center.

UTA vs. Coastal | Dec. 29 | 3:30 pm
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Last Time Out
Coastal defeated Wofford, 67-51, prior to the holiday break to finish off its non-conference slate 6-5 overall. The Chants moved to 3-1 in the month of December with the win.

Jas Adams' first double-double of the season led the Chants in the victory, with the senior guard recording team-highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Naheria Hamilton (11 pts), DJ Williams (10 pts) and Kaylin West (10 pts) also scored in double figures for the Chants.

Coastal trailed Wofford by nine points at halftime before dominating the third quarter, outscoring the Terriers 24-6 to take a commanding lead. Coastal also scored 25 points in the fourth quarter, its second-most points in a quarter this season.

Gameday Storylines
Coastal and UTA are meeting for the third time on Friday. The Chants fell twice to the Mavs last year in Coastal's inaugural season in the Sun Belt.

UTA escaped with a 60-58 win at home on Dec. 31, and ran away with a 70-41 victory at the HTC Center on Jan. 26.

Coastal will look to contain Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year Rebekah VanDijk, who is averaging 11.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg this season for the Mavs. Last season, VanDijk averaged 12 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two games against Coastal.

Coastal is 6-2 in games played at the HTC Center this season. Its last home loss was Nov. 30 versus College of Charleston.

Adams Stays on Top...
With the non-conference portion of the season over, Jas Adams remains the Sun Belt's leading scorer averaging 18.5 ppg. The senior guard has scored in double figures in all but one game this season, and in each of her last four. She has scored 25 or more points on three occasions, including 25 versus UNC Wilmington, 28 versus Nebraska and 29 versus Fort Wayne.

Adams also leads the Sun Belt in free throw percentage (86.5) while ranking second in 3-pointers made per game (2.5) and minutes played (36.4).

...With Williams Close Behind
Not to be forgotten is sophomore guard DJ Williams, who ranks second for Coastal and fifth in the Sun Belt averaging 15.0 ppg. Like Adams, Williams has scored in double figures all but one game this season, with her season-low of five points coming Nov. 23 versus North Texas. Since then, Williams has hit double digits in six straight games, including a career high of 27 points against College of Charleston on Nov. 30.

Williams is also near the top of the league in several other categories, including third in steals (2.1), fifth in assists (3.9) and sixth in rebounds (7.4).

Scouting UTA
UTA comes to the HTC Center with a 6-5 overall record to match Coastal. The Mavs won five straight games to open the season, but lost five straight from Nov. 27 -- Dec. 17. UTA faced tough competition during that losing stretch, including Utah, Houston, Kansas State, Georgia Tech and Arkansas.

The Mavs won their final game prior to the holiday break, defeating San Francisco by slim 56-54 score.

In addition to her 11.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg, VanDijk lead the Sun Belt shooting 52.8 percent from the field.

Leading UTA in scoring is Crystal Allen, whose 13.9 ppg rank ninth in the Sun Belt. Laurynn McGowen is averaging 3.6 assists per game, good for sixth in the conference.

Up Next
Coastal hosts Texas State at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Chants are 1-1 all-time versus the Bobcats, including a 64-48 victory last season at the HTC Center.

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