Lady Chants lose nail-biter to College of Charleston

Both teams had chances to win the game at the free throw line with under a second left and the game tied. Coastal Carolina had the first chances but missed two from the line with five-tenths of a second left. After a foul on the rebound attempt, the College of Charleston’s Deja Ford made two free throws with three-tenths left to secure a 72-70 win over the Chanticleers.

The loss spoiled career games by Chanticleers DJ Williams (27 points) and Naheria Hamilton (17 points). The Cougars’ Tanisha Brown, a Myrtle Beach product, also had a career high with 25 points. Schiclasia Brown added 21 points, making 11-of-13 at the free throw line.

Midway through the fourth quarter and the game tied, Williams went on a 5-0 run, making a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws, to give the Chants a 66-61 lead. However, the Chants only scored three points over the next three minutes to allow the Cougars to tie the game, 69-69, with 2:51 left. With 40 seconds left, the College of Charleston made 1-of-2 free throws. Coastal answered as Hamilton was 1-for-2 at the charity stripe to tie the game with 23 seconds left in the game.

The Cougars (2-5) got two shots at winning before getting an offensive rebound and calling a timeout. However, CCU’s Williams came up with a steal after the timeout and was fouled with five-tenths of a second left. She missed both free throws and was called for a foul trying to get the rebound with three-tenths of a second left. Ford made both for the 72-70 lead. Coastal (3-4) had one last desperation chance, but came up empty.

Coastal Carolina will return to action Monday by hosting Fort Wayne at 6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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