The Winthrop women’s basketball team will try to make it a two-game sweep over Coastal Carolina on Saturday when the Chanticleers come to the Winthrop Coliseum for a 1 p.m. game on “Hoops For Troops Day.”
Coach Kevin Cook’s team defeated Coastal just 12 days ago, 77-53, in Conway behind the double-double performance of freshman Erica Williams and the play of senior guard Dequesha McClanahan. Both players scored 21 points as Williams also grabbed 11 rebounds while connecting on nine of 11 field goals.
Winthrop comes into the game smarting from a 77-74 overtime loss Thursday night at Campbell which knocked the Eagles out of a first place tie with Liberty. The Eagles enter Saturday’s game with a 13-6 overall record and a 7-3 Big South slate. Coastal is coming off a 75-65 home win over UNC Asheville which improves its record to 10-9 overall and 6-4 in the league.
Winthrop and Coastal are meeting for the 79th time. With their win two weeks ago, the Eagles now have a 41-37 advantage in the series and have won the last two games in the series.
McClanahan will be looking to move into second place on the Big South all-time scoring list. She enters the game with 2,020 points and is tied for third. She needs seven more points to take over second place on the list. Former Liberty standout Elena Kisseleva is the all-time leader with 2,154 points.
The senior from Oak Ridge, Tenn. also continues to add assists to her record-breaking resume. With the 10 assists she doled out against Campbell, McClanahan now has 674 in her career and is averaging 7.8 per game this season. McClanahan recorded her eighth double-double of the season at Campbell as she finished the game with 15 points. Five of her double-doubles have involved points and assists while the others are for points and rebounds.
Sophomore center Schaquilla Nunn continues to pile up double-doubles as well. She now has 12 this season, including three in a row, and 26 in her career. Williams has four double-doubles as well.
Following Saturday’s home game, Winthrop will hit the road next week for two games at Charleston Southern on Jan. 30 and Presbyterian College, Feb. 1. The next home game will be Feb. 6 against Gardner-Webb when the Eagles will hold its “Pink Night” to raise awareness about breast cancer.