CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team will finally make its return to The HTC Center this Friday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. ET when the Chanticleers host Sun Belt Conference member Georgia State. Coastal and Georgia State will play the second of the two-game series at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 16.
The game will be the first for the Chanticleers at home since Dec. 11, 2020, when they defeated UNC Pembroke 66-60.
Coastal (3-3, 0-2) will be looking to bounce back after dropping a pair of road games last weekend at South Alabama following a 28-day layoff. Junior forward Aja Blount continues to lead the Chanticleers in most statistical categories, including scoring at 14.7 points per game and rebounding with 7.3 boards per game.
The twin-connection of Janae Camp and Janeen Camp has been a force inside for Coastal. Janae Camp is a 6-1 senior forward that is averaging 2.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while Janeen Camp is a 6-5 junior center averaging 7.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
A couple of bright spots for the Chants coming out of the trip to Mobile, Ala. Last weekend, was the emerging play of graduate transfer Ashley Saintigene and the welcoming of guard Deaja Richardson.
Saintigene, who transferred to Coastal as a graduate student after three seasons at Marshall University, grabbed nine rebounds in the first game at South Alabama and then topped that season-high performance by pulling down 10 rebounds in game two.
Richardson saw her first action as a Chanticleer after becoming eligible after her transfer from Tennessee State. She scored 10 points in the first game and then tallied nine points and grabbed seven rebounds to close out the weekend at South Alabama.
Georgia State (4-3, 0-0) will be returning to the court after a long layoff of its own as the Panthers will not have played in 25 days by the time they tip-off on Friday. The Panthers were forced to postpone their last four games as a result of COVID-19 protocols.
Leading the way for Georgia State is Taylor Hosendove with 12.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Hosendove has been shooting the lights out from everywhere on the court this season with a 51.7 field goal percentage (31-of-60), 63.6 3-point field goal percentage (7-of-11), and 74.1 free throw percentage (20-of-27).