ASHEVILLE, N.C. - After trailing by as much as 10 points in the second half the UNC Asheville women's basketball team cut the Coastal Carolina lead to 69-68 with 3:39 to play, but the Chanticleers responded with a 12-3 run to close out the game and earn an 83-71 victory over the Bulldogs in Big South Conference play.
Junior guard Shonese Jones entered the game with 989 points and recorded her 1,000th career point on a layup to end the first half, cutting the Coastal lead to 36-28 heading into the break. Jones finished the game with 15 points and a career best four assists. She is the 14th player in school history to reach the mark.
With the victory the Chants improve to 14-15 overall and 10-10 in the Big South while Asheville falls to 10-19 and 7-13 in league games.
"I was really pleased with our offense today, but we've got to do a better job on defense - especially in transition," said Asheville head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. "Coastal was effective in transition and we put them on the line way too much by not playing disciplined defense."
Freshman guard Tianna Knuckles scored a team-high 18 points while junior guard Brittany Gwyn scored 14 while pulling down nine boards and recording four assists. Center KJ Weaver pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs to go along with a career-high six blocks.
As a team the Bulldogs recorded a season-best 10 blocks.
Coastal's Karsen Sims tallied a career-best 20 points to lead four Chanticleers who scored in double figures. After posting a career-best in the first meeting of the season between the two schools, Angelica Henry scored 17 and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead all Chanticleers.
Asheville will be the No. 8 seed in the upcoming 2014 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women's Conference Championship on Tuesday and will face the No. 9 seed Longwood on Tuesday afternoon.