In a tough loss to Sunbelt Conference opponent Texas-Arlington on Feb. 3, lone senior Jas Adams scores her 1,000th career point.
Entering the game with 999 career points, Adams recorded a game high of 24 points, four rebounds and one steal to finish off her night. She became the 15th person in Chanticleer women's basketball program history to get past 1,000 career points.
After UTA’s game, Jas then moved to number 14 among Coastal’s all-time leading scorers.
On Feb. 15, Adams dropped 40 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Head Coach Jaida Williams talked about what it has been like to have a player like Adams on her team.
“It’s awesome. It’s a coach’s dream," said Williams. "Jas has been not only a phenomenal basketball player but she’s been a great leader. Our program is lucky and blessed to have her here.”
With Jas being the only senior on the squad and the team being filled with a lot of underclassmen, leadership is very important and coach shared her thoughts on her leadership role and leadership on the team in general.
Williams talked about how Adams has handled being the lone senior.
“Phenomenal. It’s been great," said Williams. "We’re very lucky to have everything that she brings. She knows what we want and she demands it. You know you’re a great leader when the underclassmen want to follow you and they do a great job of following. She also isn’t our only leader. We have a trio—Dj Williams and Naheria Hamilton all three of them together have done a very good job.”
Coach Williams has had a total of four players reach 1,000 points and she opened up about what it has been like having that type of player success on her team over the years here at Coastal Carolina.
“I feel very blessed and successful to have recruited such good players," said Williams. I’m also very blessed that they chose to come to Coastal and play for me.”
Adams talked about the moment she reached the milestone and if she knew she was close to it or not.
“Yes I did. I went into the game knowing I was going to score 1,000," said Adams. "I wanted to make it an easy shot and I like free throws so when I had to shoot the free throw, and I got it. After that, I was excited and was able to relax throughout the game. I was kind of nervous that I was going to miss the free throws to be honest."
Adams gave her thoughts on how it feels to be the 15th player in CCU Women's Basketball history to achieve 1,000 career points.
“It’s great, honestly," said Adams. "I haven’t even sat down to even think about it because I’m on the move and we as a team are on a mission to win the conference but being a part of the history books is a beautiful thing and I’m grateful for the opportunity."
Leadership is a big part of the game of basketball and Adams thanks her teammates for helping her guide the way.
“It’s myself, Dj and Ny," said Adams. "They helped me along the way so I’m not really by myself. They help me in a lot of different ways so the three of us we’re handling everything the best way we can because we have seven freshman but they listen to us, respect us and that’s why we’re out here getting the wins.”
Adams also scored 1,000 points in during her high school days back in Ronald W. Reagan High School in Winston-Salem, NC. She gave her thoughts on what feels better – scoring 1,000 points in high school or scoring 1,000 points in college?
“I think definitely college," said Adams. "In high school, a lot of people can score 1,000 points but in college, not everyone does it so it’s a great feeling to have.”
After Saturday’s game on senior night against South Alabama, Adams is now 13 points away from being the ninth Chanticleer in program history to score 500 points in a season and needs 68 points to tie for 11th place in Coastal’s all-time career scorers.