Lady Chanticleers catch fire for fourth consecutive win

For the second consecutive game, guard Angelica Henry came off the bench to provide the spark that led to an easy win for the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team.

Henry, a 5-foot-5 junior from Indianapolis, Ind., scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Chanticleers to a 79-46 win over Southern Virginia Tuesday at The HTC Center.

Shatia Cole scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half and AJ Jordan, the team’s leading scorer, added 10 points and career high 12 assists. The double-double was the first in her 33-game career. Savanah Pippin led the squad with eight rebounds. Mina Romito had 12 points to lead Southern Virginia. It was the fourth straight win for the Chanticleers, who matched a season-high with 79 points. The only loss on the season was in the opener against the College of Charleston.

Henry came off the bench and provided the spark to get things started for the Chanticleers. She poured in 10 points in the first half as the Coastal bench contributed 16 points toward the team’s 33-19 halftime lead. Henry, who averaged just five points a game in her first two seasons, also hit the only 3-pointer for either team in the half in the midst of Coastal’s 18-3 run after Southern Virginia had held an early 6-3 advantage.

Freshman forward DJ Hunter chipped in with four points and four rebounds in the half. And the starting front line of Savanah Pippin and Alexx Puckett combined for 11 rebounds.  Shannon Romito came off the bench to lead the Knights with six points in the first half.

Turnovers were still a concern for Coastal (20), but its defense was solid in holding Southern Virginia to just 7-26 shooting (27 percent) in the opening period.

After the break, Coastal squashed any comeback hopes the Knights might have had with a 16-4 run that lifted Coastal to a 54-28 lead with 12:30 remaining in the game. Henry had four points and two assists in the run and Jordan contributed four of her 12 assists during the run.

Coastal will put its winning streak on the line when it plays next at IPFW at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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