CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina jumped out of the gates in the fourth to top UT Arlington in the Sun Belt opener on Friday at the HTC Center 89-76.
A 9-0 run from the Chanticleers sparked a big fourth quarter for the home team, sending the Lady Mavericks to 6-6 overall and 0-1 in league play. Coastal improved to 7-5 on the season after winning for the fourth consecutive time on the home court.
Daiane Machado posted a career-high 16 points, shooting 8-for-16 from the field. Crystal Allen joined her in double figures with 19, hitting on three from long range. Allen helped the team knock down a season-high 10 3-pointers. Rebekah VanDijk's milestone day was wasted in defeat. The senior moved into sixth in all-time scoring history, scoring four points after being held scoreless in the first.
Coastal Carolina went to the line 52 times, knocking down 30, including a 19-for-35 performance in the fourth quarter. The 52 free-throw attempts are the most against UTA in a single game.
The win was the first for CCU in the three meetings. The two-game road trip to open league play continues for the Lady Mavs on Sunday when the teams travels to Boone, N.C. to faceoff against Appalachain State. UTA is 6-0 all-time against the Mountaineers, including a 3-0 record on the road. The Lady Mavs will be back at College Park Center to host defending champion Troy on Jan. 4.
HOW IT HAPPENED
First Quarter: Neither team could find their rhythm early on in the opener as UTA was just 1-of-9 from the field to start the game. The Lady Mavs took their first lead as Shelby Richards would hit back-to-back treys coming out of the media timeout. Crystal Allen would add another late in the quarter, but the Chanticleers would score the final four of the first to lead 19-17.
Second Quarter: Aysia Evans picked up where UTA left off from beyond the arc with a 3-poitner to open the second, pushing the Lady Mavs back into the lead. However, a 7-0 run by the Chanticleers sent the hosts into a four-point lead at the media timeout. Following an Allen trey, another 7-0 run sent the Chants into an eight-point lead in the final minute. Back-to-back CCU turnovers helped UTA trim the deficit in half, going to the break down 37-33.
Third Quarter: It didn't take UTA long to strike in the second half, Allen hit on her first attempt from deep, and after a turnover, Machado pushed UTA into the lead as part of a 7-0 run. Coastal battled right back with a spurt of its own, knocking down a 3-pointer to regain the lead, the 10th lead change of the game. Machado would catch fire once again, connecting on three consecutive jumpers as the teams went back-and-forth. UTA would go the final 3:30 without a field goal and Coastal knocked down free throws to regain a one-point edge going to the final 10 minutes.
Fourth Quarter: Coastal jumped out of the gates to outscore the Lady Mavs 9-0 through the first four minutes. Laurynn McGowen stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer and end a shooting drought of six consecutive misses. The run continued for Coastal as they host outscored UTA 33-21 in the final 10 minutes.
KEY STATS: UTA shot just 36.4 percent, while Coastal Carolina was 54.0 percent from the field. UTA is 2-5 when shooting less than 40 percent .... UTA outscored CCU 37-12 in points off the bench... The 10 3-pointers are a season high for UTA.
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