Lady Chants open season with win over Lady Braves

ccuwhoops-1AJ Jordan and Ced Gibson scored 19 points apiece, and Alexis Robinson pulled in 17 rebounds as the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team won its season opening game 64-48 against UNC Pembroke Friday evening in The HTC Center.

Coastal Carolina (1-0, 0-0) is now 23-18 all-time as a program in season-opening games. Furthermore, the Chanticleers have won each of their three home-openers in The HTC Center since they started playing in the arena in 2012.

Jordan’s 19 points marks the ninth consecutive game dating back to last season that the senior guard has scored in double-digits. Jordan went 9-17 from the field, while grabbing seven rebounds and tallying three steals.

Gibson dished out a game-high four assists, grabbed six rebounds and added four steals to her final line in her Chanticleer debut. Robinson, also playing her first game in a Coastal uniform, added seven points to her game-leading rebound total.

UNC Pembroke held the advantage in the early going thanks in part to five turnovers by the Chants in the opening four minutes of the game.

The Braves put up four points and held the Chants scoreless until the 18:34 mark, when Gibson broke the ice for Coastal. Gibson then gave Coastal its first lead of the game just four minutes later after drawing the foul on a made layup, and completing the three-point play from the line to put the Chants up 11-10. Coastal would hold on to the lead for the remainder of the game.

Coastal returns to action on Sunday to host Pfeiffer for a 2 pm tip at The HTC Center. Sunday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between the Chants and Falcons on the court.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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