Lady Chants’ late run nets first-ever Sun Belt victory

ccuwhoops-10The Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team outscored Arkansas State 15-4 over the final quarter – including holding the Red Wolves scoreless for the final 5:56 of the game – as the Chanticleers recorded their first-ever Sun Belt Conference victory, 57-55, Saturday afternoon at the HTC Center.

Coastal (6-8, 1-3) trailed by as many 10 points in the final quarter after A-State (3-13, 1-3) hit its first of two baskets in the quarter with nine minutes to go. Ced Gibson scored five of her game-leading 13 points in the fourth, while Jas Adams added four and DJ Williams chipped in three. The Chanticleer defense forced 10 A-State turnovers over the final 10 minutes and limited the Red Wolves to shooting 2-of-9 from the floor.

Adams and Williams closed the game with 10 points each, as did Naheria Hamilton who also added eight rebounds and five blocks. Alexis Robinson led all players on the boards with 11 rebounds, and Gibson tacked four assists and four steals to her final line.

Coastal scored 22 points off of 26 A-State turnovers, and finished with 14 second-chance points from 13 offensive rebounds.

An early Coastal lead was erased after A-State closed the first quarter on a 13-0 run, holding the Chanticleers without a point for the frame’s final 5:20. The run was extended to 15-0 at the start of the second quarter as A-State took a 19-8 lead, but Coastal cut the deficit to just five points two minutes later after scoring six straight points. The sides traded baskets for the remainder of the half, allowing A-State to take a six point lead into halftime.

A-State added to its lead during the third quarter as Brittany Fowler and Payton Tennison caught fire from beyond the three-point line. The two combined to sink four of A-State’s five three-pointers for the game during the third quarter, giving the Red Wolves a nine point advantage heading into the final quarter.

The Red Wolves had two players finish just shy of double-doubles as Tahlon Hopkins recorded 10 points and nine rebounds and Lauren Bradshaw had eight points and 10 rebounds. Dominique Oliver led A-State with 11 points. Taylor Starr opened the game with six points in the first quarter, but did not return to the floor after halftime.

A-State held slight advantages in field goal shooting and rebounding, but allowed Coastal 10 points from the line in the second half and was undone by its 26 turnovers.

The Chants close their three-game home stand next Saturday when they welcome Appalachian State to the HTC Center for a 1 p.m. game. It will be the first meeting between the Chants and Mountaineers since the 2004-05 season.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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