CCU women drop third straight to open conference play
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team suffered a 79-53 loss Saturday afternoon at UTA’s College Park Center. The Mavericks outscored the Chants 19-7 in the second quarter to take an 11-point lead at halftime, and retained a double-digit cushion for the remainder of the game.
Coastal remains winless through its first four Sun Belt games and falls to 8-7 overall. UTA, meanwhile, improves to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in conference with its third straight win.
UTA had four players score in double figures. Claire Chastain led the game with 16 points, shooting 6-9 from the field and making four of her five 3-point attempts. Cierra Johnson added 12 points with seven steals. Lauren Billie chipped in 11 points, and Daiane Machado scored 10.
DJ Williams scored 15 points to lead Coastal, and Alise Davis finished the game with 10. Mery Visone had team highs of seven rebounds and five assists.
The Chants looked sharp in the first quarter as they opened the game shooting over 47 percent from the field. Coastal ended the quarter with a 22-21 lead after putting together 9-2 and 7-0 runs. Williams scored seven of Coastal’s nine points in the former stretch, and added another basket in the latter.
Davis rolled in back-to-back layups to open the second quarter and give Coastal a five-point lead, but UTA responded with 15 consecutive points that became part of a larger 19-3 run. Following Davis’ baskets, only a Kaylin West 3-pointer broke up UTA’s 19 points over the final nine minutes of the first half.
UTA shot 60 percent from the field in the second half and added nine baskets from the free-throw line as the Mavs continued to add to their lead, the largest of which was 31 points with just under four minutes remaining in the game.
Coastal remains on the road for another week as the Chants travel to Appalachian State next Saturday for the first of two games against the Mountaineers this season. Tip-off from the Holmes Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.