Courtesy: CCU Media Relations
CONWAY – No. 6 seed Coastal Carolina shattered multiple records in topping No. 11 seed Charleston Southern in the Tuesday evening finale of the first round of the 2014 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women's Basketball Championship in advancing to Thursday's quarterfinals with the 106-71 victory.
Angelica Henry, AJ Jordan and Alexx Puckett became the first trio in Big South Tournament history to each eclipse the 20 point mark as the Chanticleers set a tournament record with 106 points in the contest. The previous record of 100 points in a game had been reached twice before, by Radford in the 1988 finals against Campbell and by High Point in the 2006 quarterfinals against UNC Asheville. Coastal Carolina also broke the Big South Tournament field goal percentage record in the contest, shooting 38-of-60 (63.3%) from the floor in the 35-point win.
In a night that saw Henry become just the 12th player in Coastal Carolina history to break the 1,000 point scoring plateau, she also became the first player in Big South Tournament history to record a triple-double in a tournament game with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
Puckett added a double-double with career highs of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Jordan added 26 points and seven boards in the Coastal Carolina win.
The Chanticleers advance to Thursday's quarterfinal round, taking on No. 3 seed Winthrop at 8 p.m. inside The HTC Center.
Coastal Carolina went on a 24-9 run to end the first half, led by 22 first half points by Henry, in shooting 61.1 percent from the floor and building a 54-35 halftime advantage.
The 54 points scored by the Chanticleers in the first half tied the Big South Conference Championships record for points in a half, dating back to the 2006 tournament when UNC Asheville scored 54 points in the second half against High Point in the quarterfinal round.