Presbyterian College snaps Lady Chants’ winning streak

Presbyterian College’s low post duo of Mariah Pietrowski and Shonda Burnside took advantage of their size and ability to score a combined 34 points and hand Coastal Carolina a 65-54 loss on Tuesday evening at The HTC Center.

Pietrowski scored a game-high 18 points, while Burnside finished with 16. Dria David and Karlee Taylor also scored in double figures for Presbyterian College (14-10, 9-4 Big South). The Blue Hose finished the game shooting 60.5 percent (23-of-38) with 15 of those makes coming from inside the paint.

Angelica Henry poured in Coastal’s final seven point of the game to finish as the Chants’ leading scorer with 16 points. Shatia Cole posted double digits in the scoring column with 13 points and led all player with a game-high five steals.

The defeat snaps Coastal’s (11-13, 6-8 Big South) four-game winning streak and keeps the Chanticleers saddled in seventh in the overall conference standings.

Coastal and Presbyterian College exchanged the lead five times in the opening four-plus minutes of the second half before Taylor drilled a trey to put the Blue Hose up 32-30 just after the under-16 media timeout. Henry tied the game at 32 with a runner in the lane, but Burnside and David immediately answered with a layup and 3-pointer, respectively, on Presbyterian College’s ensuing two possessions. Connor then brought Coastal back within a point at 37-36 with four straight tallies.

After Alexx Puckett made two at the line Burnside connected on a bank shot that sparked a 16-5 Blue Hose run over the next 6:19. A layup by Cole and jumper by Puckett bookended a pair at the line by Presbyterian College’s David, but it would not be enough to ignite the Chanticleers. The Blue Hose scored the game’s next seven points at the free-throw line to take a game-high 18-point lead with 1:29 to play.

Henry scored Coastal’s final seven points on a pair of mid-range jumpers and a 3-pointer to provide 65-54 final score.

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