CONWAY — The record shows the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team is off to a 4-1 start, but the action on the court this season has often revealed that these Chanticleers have a lot of work to do to be the kind of team coach Alan LeForce believes they can be.
Tuesday night was, if nothing else, a small step in that direction.
In the soft portion of their non-conference schedule, the Chants won their fourth-straight game while making quick work of Southern Virginia, 79-46, inside The HTC Center. A night after making some forgettable mental mistakes in another lopsided romp against an overmatched foe, the Chants handled business a little smoother against the Division III Knights as they shot a season-high 45.6 percent from the field (60.6 after halftime) while holding the visitors to 32.1 percent shooting and forcing 23 turnovers.
“We’ve just got to keep working. It’s a process,” LeForce said. “Every day, work hard in practice – and these kids have worked hard in practice – be unselfish and let the game come to us. And so that’s basically what we’ve been working on.”
Sophomore guard AJ Jordan had 10 points and a game-high 12 assists, junior guard Angelica Henry came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points and sophomore point guard Shatia Cole had 14 points and five rebounds.
“Right now I just feel like we need to work on being more focused and coming out with the same intensity at the beginning of the game as we finish the game,” said Jordan, who notched her first career double-double and leads the team in scoring at 13.0 points through five games.
The Chants were playing their third game in four days and LeForce said the pace of the schedule has started to catch up with his team,. He acknowledged they “came out just not ready to play” the previous night despite rolling over NAIA foe Columbia College, 79-54.
He was more pleased as his team forced Southern Virginia into 14 first-half turnovers Tuesday night while building a 33-19 halftime lead.
“We’re a work in progress,” LeForce said. “We have some spots that we need to work on and we do some good things at times.”
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