ASHEVILLE, N.C. - On a night she played her final home game at Justice Center and scored her 1,000th career point, Kendall Shepard made sure UNC Asheville got a win, too.
Shepard scored 22 points to rally the Bulldogs to a 67-64 Big South Conference victory over visiting Coastal Carolina Monday night at Justice Center. She became the 13th player in school history to score 1,000 points when she hit a free throw in the first half. Shepard now has 1,019 career points.
The senior guard went 6-of-12 from the field and 10-of-12 from the charity stripe as she scored 18 points in the second half to help lead Asheville back from a 10-point second half deficit and snap a frustrating eight-game home-court losing streak. The Bulldogs improved their record to 11-15 overall and 4-9 in the Big South.
"I am so happy for Kendall and our seniors," stated Asheville coach Betsy Blose. "I wanted them to get a win here so badly. Kendall did a great job leading us in the second half as we found a way to get a victory tonight."
Another senior, Lindsey Montgomery, added 14 points and nine rebounds, while Kelli Riles pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Coastal Carolina (9-16, 3-10 BSC) was led by Sydnei Moss with 13 points and eight rebounds. Jessica Noll came off the bench to score 11 points. Taylor Epley finished with 10 points.
The Chanticleers led 54-44 with 8:12 remaining as Courtney Grambley hit two free throws to give the visitors the 10-point lead.
Shepard then sparked a 16-1 Asheville run by scoring 10 points and giving out two assists as the Bulldogs roared to a 60-55 lead at the 3:28 mark as Shepard finished the run with a 15-footer.
The Chanticleers battled back and trailed 63-62 when Noll knocked down a three-pointer with 1:05 remaining.
Shepard then fed senior Chioma Okoli with a lay-up at the 35-second mark to give Asheville at 65-62 lead. The Chanticleers misfired on a three-pointer and Montgomery got the rebound and was fouled with 15 seconds left. She hit one free throw to give Asheville a 66-62 margin.
Angelica Henry scored on a lay-up at the seven-second mark to narrow the lead to 66-64. Shepard got the ball on the inbounds and was fouled with four seconds left. She hit the first free throw to make it 67-64. Shepard missed the second but Coastal Carolina could only get a half-court heave as the buzzer sounded.
Asheville plays its final three regular season games on the road, starting at Winthrop next Monday night at 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina hosts Liberty Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.