Coastal coming home

From the The Brunswick News

College of Coastal Georgia's first trip to the NAIA women's basketball tournament didn't go past the first round.

The Mariners, a No. 7 seed, fell to No. 2 seed Cumberland University 59-47 on Thursday in the first round at Frankfort, Ky.

Coastal never led in the game, falling behind 12-5 six minutes into the first half. The margin fluctuated between as small as two and as large as seven the remainder of the half.

The Mariners trailed 26-21 at the half but cut the lead to one with back-to-back baskets from Crystal Chaney and Courtney Saunds early in the second half.

The Bulldogs didn't relinquish the lead, keeping the lead at a three- and four-point advantage until a 3-pointer by Janele Tucker made it 31-30 Bulldog lead with 15 minutes, 47 seconds to play in the game.

That's as close as the Mariners would get to taking the lead for the rest of the game.

Cumberland took control of the game with a 12-3 run that lasted almost eight minutes and made the score 43-33.

The Mariners would get the lead back down to seven on a 3-pointer by Janne Tullius with 3:24 to play, but couldn't get any momentum to make a comeback.

Tucker was the only Mariner in double figures with 10 points. Chaney added seven points and a team-high 11 rebounds for Coastal.

Saunds and Maria Marshall added six points each. Marshall also pulled down eight boards while Saunds chased down five rebounds.

Cumberland's Jessica Pace led all scorers with 17 points, while Briannica Tye added 10 points.

The Mariners outrebounded the Bulldogs 38-34 but committed twice as many turnovers as Cumberland.

Thursday's game was the first time a Coastal program had made it to a NAIA-sanctioned postseason tournament. It was the first season of eligibility for the Mariners, who are only in their second year of existence as a program.

Release Date: 3/15/2013
Source: The Brunswick News

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