Chants shatter records on Day 1 of Big South Tourney

hot_entryNo. 6 seed Coastal Carolina shattered multiple records in topping No. 11 seed Charleston Southern in the Tuesday evening finale of the first round of the 2014 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women’s Basketball Championship in advancing to Thursday’s quarterfinals with the 106-71 victory.

Angelica Henry, AJ Jordan and Alexx Puckett became the first trio in Big South Tournament history to each eclipse the 20 point mark as the Chanticleers set a tournament record with 106 points in the contest. The previous record of 100 points in a game had been reached twice before, by Radford in the 1988 finals against Campbell and by High Point in the 2006 quarterfinals against UNC Asheville. Coastal Carolina also broke the Big South Tournament field goal percentage record in the contest, shooting 38-of-60 (63.3%) from the floor in the 35-point win.

In a night that saw Henry become just the 12th player in Coastal Carolina history to break the 1,000 point scoring plateau, she also became the first player in Big South Tournament history to record a triple-double in a tournament game with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists

Puckett added a double-double with career highs of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Jordan added 26 points and seven boards in the Coastal Carolina win.

The Chanticleers advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal round, taking on No. 3 seed Winthrop at 8 p.m. inside The HTC Center.

Coastal Carolina went on a 24-9 run to end the first half, led by 22 first half points by Henry, in shooting 61.1 percent from the floor and building a 54-35 halftime advantage.

The 54 points scored by the Chanticleers in the first half tied the Big South Conference Championships record for points in a half, dating back to the 2006 tournament when UNC Asheville scored 54 points in the second half against High Point in the quarterfinal round.

Henry scored 11 points during the stretch, while Puckett had nine of her 19 first half points as the Chants held the Bucs to two field goals from the floor over the final 7:07 of the half in building the 19 point halftime advantage.

A slow start marked the first half as both teams struggled from the floor following the opening possession. Rochelle Brophy connected on a jumper from the top of the key for the Bucs, while Katelyn Connor answered for Coastal Carolina on the other end, but those were the lone baskets for either team over the first four minutes before CSU’s Tatum Jarvis connected on the three-pointer from the left wing at the 15:47 mark.

The shots weren’t falling early, but the teams’ moved their focus toward the inside, combining for 45 points inside the paint in the first half (30 Coastal, 15 Charleston Southern) as the offenses started to take over the contest.

With the score at 19-18 in favor of the Chants following a layup by CSU’s Dotson, Coastal Carolina went on a 9-2 run in building a 28-20 lead. Henry scored five during the stretch for the Chants, including a step-back three-pointer from the top of the key and scored on the fast break layup to stretch out the lead.

Erin Bratcher answered on the opposite end for the Buccaneers with her first two three-pointers of the game, connecting from the left wing and the right corner to narrow the margin to two. Henry and Alyssa Mann swapped layups putting the score at 30-28 with 7:33 to play in the half, leading to the Chanticleers run to end the first half that sealed the game.

Charleston Southern mounted a minor comeback in the second half, using a 9-0 run sparked by a three-pointer by CSU’s Kirklin Kirkpatrick to cut the game back to within 69-48 with 13:31 to play in the contest, but the Chanticleers offense down the stretch proved to be the difference as Coastal Carolina outscored CSU 37-23 the rest of the way in closing out the tournament win.

Dotson led three Buccaneers in double-digits with 15 points in the game, while Erin Bratcher had 13 points, including three three-pointers in her final collegiate game. Tatum Jarvis provided a spark for CSU early in the contest and finish with 12 points.

Coastal Carolina out-rebounded the Buccaneers 40-32 on the night and held the 50-29 advantage on points in the paint in sealing the CCU victory.

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