Hot-shooting Winthrop puts on a clinic for Lady Chants

ccuwhoops-1dribbleWinthrop’s Erica Williams and Dequesha McClanahan each scored 20-plus points and the Eagles combined to make 10 3-pointers to defeat Coastal Carolina 90-61 in a Saturday matinee inside the Winthrop Coliseum.

Winthrop (14-6, 8-3 Big South) shot an even 50 percent in the first half and made 7-of-10 3-point attempts. The Eagles’ stellar shooting slowed in the second half as the team finished with an overall shooting percentage of 46.3 percent, including a 58.8 clip from three. Winthrop also turned 17 Chanticleer turnovers into 27 points.

Coastal (10-10, 6-5 Big South) shot 30.8 percent from the floor and made six 3-pointers. The Chanticleers won the battle on the board 44-42 and held a 12-8 advantage in second chance points.

Williams led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-13 from the field and 6-of-8 from the foul line. She also pulled down 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. McClanahan, the two-time reigning Big South Player of the Year, finished with 23 points, including nine from a trio of 3-pointers. Pamela Decheva connected on four of the Eagles’ 10 3-pointers to tally 12 points, while Samiya Wright chipped in 10 points on the afternoon.

The Chanticleers were paced by Angelica Henry’s 18 points. Henry made a trio of threes in the second half and converted 9-of-11 at the free-throw line. AJ Jordan and Alexx Puckett joined Henry in double-figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Savanah Pippin led Coastal on the glass with 11 rebounds.

Coastal Carolina returns home to The HTC Center for two games next week. The Chants host Radford Thursday, Jan. 30 and Longwood on Saturday.

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