- Akilah Stroman
Women's basketball season ends in Sun Belt Tournament
As they traveled to Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, seventh seed Coastal Carolina women's basketball team beat number 10, Georgia State, 74-55 in the first round of the 2018 Sun Belt Women's Basketball Championship.
Jas Adams lead Coastal with 16 points. Kaylin West followed right behind with 15 points. Breelyn Blanding scored 13, Janae Camp scored 11, and Naheria Hamilton got her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Going back and forth in the opening quarter, Camp and Blanding combined for six of eight of Coastal's unanswered points. Coastal trailed 15-14 at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, Adams hit a couple 3's early on and scored eight more points during the 13-4 run. West led the Chants with 10 points in the quarter. Coastal's defense held GSU to shooting just 16 percent from the field, and they were scoreless for the first six minutes. The Chants went into halftime with a 36-21 lead.
Scoring a game high 28 points, the Chants came into the third quarter red hot on a 15-4 run. They then scored seven straight points towards the end and went up by 30, which was the largest lead of the game.
Outscoring Coastal in the final quarter, GSU still was not able to make a comeback.
Suffering a 78-69 loss to number two Texas State the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team finishes the season off 17-14 overall.
Jas Adams led Coastal with 22 points. Alise Davis scored 13 points, and Naheria Hamilton led Coastal with eight rebounds.
In the first quarter, the Chanticleers led for the first six minutes and held Texas State scoreless for a four-minute stretch. Texas State answered with a 7-1 run to give them a 14-13 lead heading into the second quarter.
Texas State was leading by as many as seven points and Adams got the Chants back on top. She scored nine points and helped her team out with assists. Davis came off the bench to score nine points. The Chants outscored Texas State 13-4 and went into halftime with a 40-38 lead.
Scoring five quick points, the Chants were up seven points to start the third quarter. After a quick timeout, Texas State went on a 14-2 run and went up by five points. Keeping the lead, Texas State went into the fourth quarter with a 56-53 lead.
Although they stayed within reach, the Chants just couldn't get it done. Texas State began to pull away in the final minute when Coastal started fouling. Texas State then closed the game out on an 8-2 run.