CCU women's basketball pulls out 47-46 Senior Night win

Conway, SC - From Coastal Carolina University

CONWAY, SC - Coastal Carolina University women's basketball pulled out a 47-46 Big South Conference win over Presbyterian on Senior Night on Monday, March 8 in Kimbel Arena. The Chanticleers finished the regular season at 16-12 and 7-9 in the Big South, while the Blue Hose ended their season 5-25 and 3-13 in the league.

The two teams battled back and forth to start the game, playing to a 7-7 tie with 13:26 remaining in the half. Senior Amanda Stull scored a lay-up, starting a 7-0 run that put the Chants up 16-9 with 5:39 left in the first stanza. The Chanticleers kept most of that margin, holding on to a 20-16 lead going into intermission. Despite keeping the lead, the Chanticleers shot just 31.8 percent (7-for-22) from the field in the first half while the Blue Hose tallied 35 percent (7-for-20) from the floor.

The Chanticleers shooting went cold to start the second half as the Blue Hose went on a 7-0 run to take a 23-20 lead less than five minutes into the final half. The teams exchanged baskets with the Blue Hose building the lead to five at 31-26 with 12:33 remaining. Coastal got things back going with an 10-2 run, re-taking the lead at 36-33 with 10:52 remaining in the game. The visiting Blue Hose would not go away, as Shonda Burnside scored six points as part of a 9-2 Blue Hose run to take back a 42-38 lead with just under seven minutes left in the game. Sophomore Olivia Irick scored the next nine Coastal points, spurring a 9-2 Coastal run that put the home squad back up 47-44 with 2:55 ticking on the clock. Presbyterian did not stop there, as Burnside hit two free-throws from the charity stripe closing within one of Coastal, 47-46, with 1:35 to play. The Chanticleer defense shut down all hopes for Presbyterian as a forced turnover in the final seconds sealed the win for Coastal.

The Blue Hose outrebounded Coastal 38-25 and outscored the hosts in the paint 28-14. Coastal's bench was key in the contest, chipping in 14 points to just four for PC's reserves. In the game, the Blue Hose shot 42.6 percent (20-for-47) from the field, as Coastal stuggled with 37.2 percent (16-for-43) from the floor. Coastal also shot a season-low 50 percent (12-for-24) from the charity stripe.

Leading the way for the Chanticleers was Irick and Sydnei Moss with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Burnside paced PC with a game-high 15 points and five rebounds. Following her was Dira David who tallied 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The Chanticleers will play in the 2010 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Tournament, starting on March 12 at High Point, N.C.