Coastal women stay perfect

From the The Brunswick News

The College of Coastal Georgia women's hoops team stayed undefeated on the season with a road win Saturday at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. The Mariner women had to go to overtime for the second straight night after defeating William Carey University 72-61 on Friday.

The Mariner men didn't fare as well on their first Southern States Athletic Conference road trip, dropping Friday's game 95-75 to William Carey before falling 86-85 on Saturday to Belhaven in overtime.

The Coastal women (5-0 overall, 2-0 SSAC) got solid performances from their bench in Saturday's win, including 22 points from leading scorer Courtney Saunds. Maria Marshall had a double-double off the bench with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Olivia Melvin added 13 points.

Starters Crystal Chaney and Madel Madden added 11 points each for Coastal. Madden also led the team with eight assists.

The Mariner women trailed 72-66 with less than two minutes left in regulation, but rallied to tie the game.

A pair of free throws from Madden and a layup by Melvin cut the deficit to two, and a layup by Madden tied the game with 35 seconds left.

Melvin hit a 3-pointer to start the overtime period, giving Coastal the lead for good.

The Mariner men (0-5, 0-2) held a 85-82 in overtime in their game with Belhaven after P.J. Reason hit a 3-pointer with 1:32 to play in the period. A pair of free throws cut Coastal's lead to one.

Coastal missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw chance, giving Belhaven an opportunity to take the lead. The Blazers answered with a layup from Curt Hall to take an 86-85 lead. Hall was fouled on the play and missed his free-throw shot, but the Blazers rebounded the ball and ran out the clock.

Coastal's Reggie Burke led all scorers with 29 points while Kentorey Johnson added 12 points for the Mariners.

In Friday's loss, Reason led Coastal 20 points while Burke scored 14.

Both Coastal teams will be in action Tuesday at Howard Coffin Gym. The Mariner women will host Allen University at 6 p.m. while the Mariner men play Coker College at 8 p.m.

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Release Date: 11/26/2012
Source: The Brunswick News

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