HPU Women’s Hoops Entertain Coastal Carolina On Tuesday

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s basketball team returns to the friendly confines of the Millis Center to take on Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

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The Panthers (3-11, 2-3) are looking to build momentum as they host the Chanticleers (6-8, 1-4) for the final time as Big South foes.

Last Time Out
The Panthers built a 27-23 lead midway through the second quarter before the Runnin’ Bulldogs answered with a 12-0 run to seize control of the game. From there, Gardner-Webb pulled away for an 82-70 win. Despite the setback, the offense posted a 53 percent shooting percentage from the floor.

Leading the efficient offensive attack, freshman Emma Bockrath tallied a career high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Meanwhile, junior Kaylah Keys (13 points) and freshman Haleigh Hatfield (11 points) gave HPU three players in double figures.

Keys’ Climb
• Junior Kaylah Keys is the leading active scorer in the Big South Conference after passing Liberty’s Ashley Rininger on Saturday.
• Keys is fifth on HPU’s Division I scoring list with 1,250 points in just two-plus seasons.

Youth is Served
• HPU’s seven freshmen are logging 63 percent of the team’s minutes and are scoring 54 percent of HPU points and grabbing 60 percent of the squads steals this season.

They’re ‘Free’
• HPU is second in the league shooting 72 percent at the line. Kat Harris (.900) and Kaylah Keys (.809) are the top-two in the league. Meanwhile, freshman Shea Morgan is 13-for-14 from the charity stripe this year.

Scouting the Chanticleers
• The Chanticleers are 6-8 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Three of the wins came against non-Division I opponents with victories over Clemson, Wofford and Gardner-Webb.
• After being picked to finish 10th in the league, Coastal Carolina has been a major part of the up-and-down nature of the Big South in its last two contests. The squad opened the new year with a 59-56 win at Gardner-Webb before falling at home to Longwood (56-48).
• Thanks to CCU’s win over GWU, the Big South is the only Division I conference in which every team has at least one win and one loss.
• Transfers are the key to the Chanticleer roster. The top five scorers on the team started their collegiate careers elsewhere.
• Graduate transfer Rachel Gregory leads the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.4 rpg).
• Redshirt-senior Nicole Isaacs (10.6 ppg) is the top shooter in the league hitting 44 percent (28-of-64) of her shots from beyond the arc.

All-Time Series with Coastal Carolina
• The Panthers own a 26-14 edge in the series including 10 straight wins for HPU inside the Millis Center.
• The Purple & White are 5-1 against the Chanticleers under head coach DeUnna Hendrix’s tutelage.

Last Time They Met
• The Panthers swept the two contests with Coastal Carolina last season earning a 73-65 win at home and a 79-64 victory on the road.
• Junior Kaylah Keys scored 18.0 points per game in the two meetings with CCU in 2014-15. Sophomore Kat Harris and junior Maja Michalska each had double-digit outings against the Chanticleers last year.

Next Up
The Panthers travel to Campbell on Sunday, Jan. 17 to face off with the Camels at 1:00 p.m. on the American Sports Network.