Coastal Carolina women see streak snapped in loss to PC

ryoung@thesunnews.comFebruary 14, 2013 

  • Next game Who | Gardner-Webb at Coastal Carolina When | 4 p.m. Saturday Where | The HTC Center, Conway Radio |

— The winning streak is over for the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team, but associate head coach Mark Kost is hoping some of the momentum still remains for his Chanticleers.

After starting to turn their season around with four straight wins following a stretch of 10 losses in 11 games, the Chants stumbled Thursday night as visiting Presbyterian earned a 65-54 win inside The HTC Center. Coastal now has a quick turnaround before returning to its home court Saturday afternoon.

“I think they’ll react fine,” said Kost, who continues to fill in for ailing head coach Alan LeForce. “That’s one thing we talked about as a team. We’ve faced adversity before – I mean, a lot worse adversity than losing one game – so let’s not dwell on this more than 24 hours, get back to work tomorrow and get mentally prepared to play again.”

Coastal (11-13, 6-8 Big South) was actually looking to set a program record with a fifth-straight conference win. The Chants took a 26-25 lead into halftime, but they couldn’t sustain it as Presbyterian (14-10, 9-4) shot 60.5 percent from the field for the game.

Senior center Mariah Pietrowski led the Blue Hose with 18 points and seven rebounds, while senior forward Shonda Burnside added 16 points and seven boards. Junior Angelica Henry scored a team-high 16 for Coastal.

The teams traded the lead several times early in the second half before Presbyterian began pulling away, leading by 10 or more points for the final 4:20 while sealing the game at the foul line where the team was 15-of-17 for the game.

“We were up one at the half, and with the turnovers we were forcing I really thought maybe we should have been up seven, eight or nine points because we missed a lot of shots right around the basket. And it wasn’t any one person,” Kost said. “... They played well. They executed well offensively. We went back and forth the first 30 minutes of the game, and they stretched it out to a six- or seven-point lead and we couldn’t get a stop and a basket.”

Presbyterian (13-10) – Keyonna Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Devin Fothergill 1-2 2-2 4, Dria David 3-6 6-6 13, Karlee Taylor 3-5 2-2 11, Mariah Pietrowski 8-10 2-2 18, Chelsea Parker 1-2 1-1 3, Kasey Hobbie 0-0 0-0 0, Noelle Carter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-38 15-17 65.

Coastal Carolina (11-12) – AJ Jordan 2-6 2-2 6, Shatia Cole 6-13 1-1 13, Angelica Henry 7-10 1-2 16, Alexx Puckett 2-11 4-4 8, Katelyn Connor 2-8 4-5 8, Kayla Cook 0-5 1-2 1, Savannah Pippin 1-5 0-0 2, DJ Hunter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-58 13-16 54. Halftime–CCU 26-25. 3-Point Goals–Presbyterian 4-7 (Taylor 3-5, David 1-2), CCU 1-10 (Jordan 0-1, Cole 0-3, Henry 1-2, Connor 0-1, Cook 0-3). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Presbyterian 32 (Pietrowski 7), CCU 24 (Connor 7). Assists–Presbyterian 14 (David 4), CCU 5 (Jordan, Cole, Henry, Puckett, Cook). Total Fouls–Presbyterian 14, CCU 16. Att.–507.

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