Lady Chants escape G-W with first Big South victory

ccuwhoops-Rachael GregoryRachael Gregory scored 19 points to match her career high, and Yasmin Miller added 16 as the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team scraped out a 59-56 victory Saturday afternoon at Gardner-Webb’s Paul Porter Arena.

The win is Coastal’s first of the season against a Big South opponent, moving its league record to 1-3, and overall record to 6-7. Gardner-Webb, meanwhile, drops to 7-6, 1-2 with the loss. It was the third win for Coastal in eight games at Paul Porter Arena.

The game was tied, 55-55, with 2:06 remaining before Gregory hit her final layup of the afternoon to put Coastal ahead by two. Gardner-Webb’s Olvia Parker then split a pair of free throws to cut the Chants’ lead to one with 1:16 to go. GWU missed a jumper on its next possession, allowing Coastal an opportunity to run down the clock. However, a miscue on an inbounds pass following a timeout gave the Runnin’ Bulldogs the ball back with 12 seconds remaining. GWU’s Alexus Hill was called for an offensive foul during her attempt to tie the game, and Nicole Isaacs hit the following free throws to seal the win.

Gregory’s 19 points – 13 of which were scored in the second half – came on 9-of-13 from the floor with one free throw. Gregory also led the Chants with nine rebounds, one shy of becoming the first Chant to record a double-double this season.

Miller got half of her point total from the field where she finished 4-of-9, and the other half at the free throw line where she led Coastal making 8-of-10 attempts.

Coastal finished the game 20-of-49 (40.8 percent) from the field, the sixth game this season the Chants have shot 40 percent or higher. Gardner-Webb shot 37.9 percent from the field, and both teams struggled from the free throw line as each side finished below 60 percent from the stripe.

Coastal returns to the hardwood on Monday as the Chants host Longwood for a 7 p.m. Big South matchup at The HTC Center.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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