Women's Basketball

Buzzer-beater sparks Chants past Lady Bucs in overtime, 77-72

Buzzer-beater sparks Chants past Lady Bucs in overtime, 77-72
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Angelica Henry hit a buzzer beater at the end of regulation to send Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern into overtime and iced the game from the free throw line as the visiting Chanticleers held off the Lady Bucs on Thursday evening inside the Buc Dome, 77-72.

With 3.2 seconds remaining and CSU clinging to a 62-59 lead following a 13-0 run, the Lady Bucs had to inbound the ball following a tipped inbounds pass going off Coastal Carolina. Angelica Henry, however, intercepted the CSU entry pass, taking it down the court and connecting on the game-tying three-pointer as the clock expired, sending the teams into the overtime period.

Coastal Carolina scored the first eight points of the overtime period as Connor scored on the opening possession with a short jumper. Henry followed with a pair of free throw attempts and Cook connected on a jumper on the fast break and a pair of free throws, giving the Chanticleers the 70-62 lead.

Charleston Southern battled back with five straight points as Fowler drove in for the layup, while Alston connected on a three-pointer from the top of the key, bringing the Lady Bucs back within three at 70-67 with 1:53 remaining.

Shay Jones helped the Bucs bringing the game back to within one on the following possession, stealing a pass at half court and finding DJ Fowler for the open layup. Connor connected on a basket for the Chanticleers, but CSU answered on the other end from the left corner as Bratcher drilled her fourth three-pointer of the contest, knotting the score up at 72-all with 1:15 on the clock.

Connor continued to carry the Chanticleers in the overtime period, connecting on a leaning jump shot, banking it off the glass from the shallow left corner with 50 ticks remaining to put CCU back in the lead.

Henry and Pippin closed out the game from the free throw line for the Chants, as two desperation shots for the Lady Bucs fell short as Coastal Carolina finished the game with the season sweep over Charleston Southern with the 77-72 victory.

Charleston Southern falls to 8-16, 3-12 in Big South Conference play with the loss, while Coastal Carolina improves to 13-13 and moves back to .500 with an 8-8 record in conference action with the win.

Alston recorded her second double-double of the season against the Chanticleers in the loss, finishing with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while DJ Fowler added 17 points and eight rebounds of her own. Shay Jones and Erin Bratcher were also in double-digits with 14 points apiece, with Jones finishing the contest with eight rebounds and five steals from the floor.

Connor led all players with 22 points and seven rebounds in the win, playing all 45 minutes on the court for the Chants. Henry finished with a balanced effort, scoring 18 points including her game-tying trey, and added six rebounds, six steals and five assists. Kayla Cook added 17 points off the bench, while Savanah Pippin narrowly missed out on the double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds.

At the beginning of the game, Katelyn Connor connected on back-to-back jumpers to stake Coastal to the early 4-0 lead in the first three possessions before Lakeitha Alston broke the seal on the basket, making a pair of free throws with 18:20 to put CSU on the board.

Alston followed with a tough layup off the offensive rebound, making the subsequent free throw to give CSU their first lead of the contest. Connor continued to have the hot hand for the Chanticleers early, adding a pair of free throws to put Coastal up 6-5 with 17:21 on the clock and Angelica Henry followed with a jumper in the paint to put CCU up 8-5.

Fowler connected on a three-pointer to even the score, sparking a 16-2 CSU run over the next six minutes giving the Lady Bucs the double-digit advantage at 21-10 with 11:26 remaining in the first half. Shay Jones connected on three free throws after getting fouled on a three-point attempt and Erin Bratcher connected on a jumper and three-pointer from the right wing before Fowler closed out the stretch with a layup to stake the Lady Bucs to the 11-point lead.

The CSU lead remained in double-digits as the teams traded scored as Henry connected on a pair of free throws, while Shay Jones drove in for the layup to keep the margin at 11.

With the lead still 11 with 6:09 to play following a pair of Jones' free throws, Coastal Carolina went on a 15-2 run to close out the half. The run was sparked by a Savannah Pippin layup and Henry scored seven points during the stretch, including connecting on a three-pointer from the left wing.

Connor tied up the contest at 29-all with 54 seconds remaining in the half and Pippin closed out the run with a short jumper in the right corner off the pass from Henry to give the Chanticleers the 31-29 halftime lead.

Alston had a chance to tie the game up from the free throw line in the first minute of the second half, connecting on the first of two free throw attempts to cut the lead down to one with 19:06 to play.

Coastal responded with the next six points, going up 37-30 with Connor, Kayla Cook and Pippin all connecting on jump shots to push the Chanticleers ahead by seven.

Charleston Southern rallied back, bringing the game back to within one possession on a layup by Alston with 11:01 remaining in the game, cutting the lead to 37-35. The basket brought the CSU senior forward to the 1,400 point mark in her career, one of only five players in Lady Bucs history to reach the mark.

The Lady Bucs and Chanticleers continued to battle throughout the second half, with CSU pulling back to within one on three separate occasions, with Fowler cutting the lead down to one at the 8:33 mark after converting back-to-back layups, putting the score at 47-46.

Coastal Carolina responded to the challenge with a 12-0 run, extending their lead into double-digits for the first time in the game at 56-46 as Kayla Cook connected on a short jumper inside the paint with 5:46 remaining in the contest. Cook finished the twelve point swing with a three-pointer from left wing before Jones ended the CSU scoreless stretch with a pair of free throws at the 4:12 mark.

The free throws began a 13-0 CSU run as the Lady Bucs fought their way back into the game.

A Jones steal led to a Bratcher three-pointer from the left corner on the following possession and Alston connected on a trey from the top of the key pulling the Lady Bucs back to within five points with 59-54 with 2:59 to play in the contest. Alston converted a difficult layup before Bratcher connected on her third trey of the game, this one from the right wing off the assist from Jones to knot the game up at 59-all with 1:45 to play.

Alston advanced the CSU lead to 62-59 with 4.7 seconds remaining in the contest, making three of four free throw attempts and the Lady Bucs forced a turnover on the CCU inbounds pass, setting up Henry's late-game heroics.

Charleston Southern shot 39.3 percent (24-of-61) from the floor in the loss, while Coastal connected on 42.4 percent (28-of-66) of their attempts. The Chants held the 47-38 rebounding edge in the contest, doing most of their damage with the 24-12 edge in points off turnovers. The Chants held the 26-0 advantage in scoring off the bench.

Charleston Southern remains at home as the Lady Bucs recognize their five 2012-2013 season seniors in a pregame ceremony before taking on Campbell on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff between the CSU and the Camels inside the Buc Dome is set for 2 p.m. Coastal Carolina is back in action next week as the Chanticleers travel to the Vines Center and Lynchburg, Va. to take on Liberty next Thursday evening, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

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