CONWAY -- The trademark for the women's basketball team this season has been that reaching 60 points and playing tough defense will equate to a victory. That held true on Saturday afternoon as Winthrop captured its eighth road win of the season after a 66-52 victory over Coastal Carolina.
The Eagles improved to 16-1 when scoring 60 points or more in a game. On the other end of the court, the players got after it and showed why they are ranked third nationally in defensive field goal percentage. Coastal Carolina shot just 29 percent from the floor.
Winthrop improves to 18-9 on the season, just one victory shy of tying the school record for wins in a single season. The win also pushed the Eagles back into a tie for second in the Big South Conference standings with Radford at 6-3. Coastal Carolina falls to 15-10 on the season and 3-7 in the league.
"Before the game today, we mentioned that we have to out-rebound and dominate in the paint into order to win, and we did both very well," said coach Bud Childers, who picked up his 425th career win. "In the loss at home, we only had 14 points in the paint and were out-rebounded. Today, we didn't lose either, and that was the difference in the game."
Winthrop finished with a 42-31 advantage on the boards and scored a total of 36 points in the paint to just 16 for the Chanticleers.
Amanda Stull opened up the scoring for an early 2-0 lead and Winthrop tied the game on a layup by Ashley Fann. On the next possession for the Eagles, Franchesca Davenport hit a turn-around jumper in the lane to go up 4-2, and they never trailed again.
Neither team got much flow in the first seven minutes of the second half. Winthrop led 37-31 after an Yvonne van Daalen free throw, and on its next possession, Fann scored a layup off a feed from van Daalen that sparked a 10-1 run over the next five minutes.
One of the main sparks of the run was Shanice Cole, who scored back-to-back baskets for a 45-31 lead. She also had three rebounds and an assist during the run. From that point on, the Eagles led by double figures the rest of the way. Cole finished the game with her first career double-double, as she had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
"It was a gutsy effort today," said Childers. "Defensively, we did the things we had to do to win a tough road game."
Fann led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting and also pulled down five rebounds.
Lacey Lyons led Coastal Carolina with 14 points and Stull finished with eight.
Winthrop returns home for a matchup with league-leading Liberty at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.