NGU falls at Coastal
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
NGU falls at Coastal
Amanda Milner led NGU with 16 points and 8 rebounds

CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team (5-2) raced out to 41 first-half points and hit nine of its first 10 shots to start the second half in a 74-46 win over North Greenville University (4-7) Dec. 13 in Conway, S.C.

North Greenville was led by Amanda Milner, who had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Nikki Wood, who had 14 points on the night.

Coastal scored the first six points of the game and got the lead to double digits at 12-2 on free throws from junior Victoria Blanchard (Eutawville, S.C./Walters State C.C.) at 16:08. Senior Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) scored two of her 15 first-half points with a layup at 13:07. Two layups from freshman Devin Rivers (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) then gave Coastal a 22-4 lead. The Lady Chants extended the lead to 34-13 at 4:16 on a Dill layup and ended the half with a jumper from senior Kristy Yurichak (Walton Hills, Ohio/Lakeland C.C.) with 15 seconds left for the 41-15 advantage.

Dill was 6-of-10 from the field in the first half and also had two assists and four steals. Rivers and senior Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./Chattanooga State C.C.) had six points apiece, while Blanchard and junior C.J. Ware (Decatur, Ga./Lakeside) had four rebounds apiece. Nikki Wood had six first-half points for the Crusaders.

A 14-4 run started the second half, giving Coastal a 57-19 lead at 15:44 on a Dill layup. The lead was as high as 35 points in the second half when Dill’s jumper went through at 11:12. Coastal had three pointers from freshmen Lacey Lyons (Beverly Hills, Fla./Crystal River) and Lori Whitaker (Bloomington, Ind./North) late as all 12 players who dressed saw action in the second period.

Dill was a half-point off her average, scoring 24 points in 25 minutes and adding five rebounds and four assists. Senior Vanessa Laug (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) added nine points and six rebounds, while Rivers had a career high eight points and eight rebounds. Ware tied her career high with seven assists.

The Chants shot 42.5 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Crusaders 47-30. The Lady Chants also forced North Greenville into 27 turnovers and had 15 steals.

NGU will be back in action Friday night as they host Presbyterian College in Hayes Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.