MB native Cole named CCU Female Athlete of the Month

She played her high school basketball just miles down the road from Coastal Carolina, and she has now carried that success over to the Lady Chanticleers.

For sophomore point guard Shatia Cole, a Myrtle Beach native and graduate of Myrtle Beach High School, not only leads CCU in scoring this season, but has added a prominent award to her list of accolades.

Cole, who averages 10.5 points per game, was named the Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront Myrtle Beach Resort December Player of the Month from the Grand Strand Sports Report.

Among those points, she scored eight and grabbed four rebounds against No. 19 nationally ranked UNC Chapel Hill on December 16 and against South Carolina State just two days later. Cole finished with 15 points, two rebounds and three steals on December 19 against North Florida.

Cole commented on those games, saying that it should only help the team get better prepared for Big South play.

“Our last couple of games we played have been pretty tough, but all it has done was to get us better prepared for conference play,” said Cole. “That did not do anything but help us get better. Playing tougher competition is going to help us in the long run.”

After starting 6-2 to start the season, Coastal has gone 1-5, including a 2-2 start to the conference season. An important 64-56 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday saw CCU getting a good balance of offense and defense to garner its second Big South Conference win to move to 7-7 overall.

It is important for the team to continue learning to pick up its game in practice and play together, according to Cole. They have learned what works best for them and to find open looks.

“In practice, we have been focusing on getting ourselves better to play other teams,” added Cole about the competition level. “We have learned how to play with each other. When we are on the court, instead of trying to force shots, we look for our open teammates.”

She averaged 10.5 points per game for 283 points, 50 steals and 96 rebounds in her freshman season. In 2012-13, she leads the team this season in3-point goals attempted and made; she is third on the team in assists with 31, and she is tied for first on the team with 29 steals.

“I just go out there and play my game, and I do what I can to help us get the win for our team,” she added.

After a stellar career at Myrtle Beach High School, where she helped lead the team to back-to-back state championships, Cole continues to show good form for the Lady Chanticleers. She enjoys being a local player with many ties to the area. Cole said that she can assist both her former high school and Coastal through her knowledge of the games of many local standout players.

“I love being local and having some fans come support us at our games. I could also help Myrtle Beach basketball from the standpoint if they have any good basketball players, I could talk to the coaches for them,” said Col. “Since I went to Myrtle Beach High School, I know about the talent there.”

Cole and the Lady Chanticleers will be back in action at the HTC Center in Conway on Thursday at 7 p.m. against High Point.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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