Coastal splits with Cajuns; Williams hits 1,000th point

Junior guard DJ Williams scored her 1,000th career point Thursday evening during Coastal Carolina’s 67-62 victory over Louisiana at the HTC Center. Williams, who led all players in the game with 18 points, is the 16th Chanticleer in program history to reach the milestone, including the fifth student-athlete under head coach Jaida Williams.

Coastal (16-10, 8-7) has now won eight of its last nine games, including each its last five to tie its season-long winning streak that previously took place Nov. 23 – Dec. 8. Louisiana falls to 7-19, 5-10 with its second consecutive loss.

The Chants also saw themselves jump into sixth place in the Sun Belt standings with their win and Texas State’s loss. A top-six spot would guarantee Coastal a direct trip to New Orleans for the 2019 Sun Belt Championship, while a 7-10 seed would include a first-round game at a campus site.

Coastal’s bigs enjoyed a productive scoring night as junior center Naheria Hamilton and freshman center Aja Blount joined Williams in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

The Chants out-rebounded the Ragin’ Cajuns 36-21, which included just eight rebounds for Louisiana in the first half. Coastal also scored 42 of their 67 points in the paint.

Men

* Coastal Carolina could not overcome the hot shooting of Louisiana in an 83-70 loss to the Rajin’ Cajuns.

Louisiana shot 54 percent from the field and that includes a blistering 60 percent in the second half in the 13-point loss.

Coastal did fight back from a 21-point deficit early in the second half. After an Ebrima Dibba layup with 6:25 left in the game, CCU only trailed 67-60, but that would be as close as the Chants would get.

DeVante’ Jones had a team-high 19 points to lead CCU’s offensive production. Dibba and Tyrell Gumbs-Frater both scored 14 points.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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