The College of Coastal Georgia women used a strong defensive effort to build a 19-point lead late in the second quarter and rode the momentum to a 90-66 victory against Warner University on Tuesday evening at Coffin Gymnasium.
The Mariners (7-5) led 12-3 midway through the first before a pair of 3-pointers late in the quarter allowed the Royals (5-7) to claw back into the game.
Coastal made another push on the back of its frenetic defense as the advantage ballooned back to double digits.
“We were real disappointed with how we’d played defensively the last couple games, so it was an emphasis over the last few days,” said head coach Roger Hodge. “I did think our kids played with a lot of energy — like they had something to prove.
“I think, overall, it might have been the best we’ve executed all year, just in terms of trying to do things within our system and doing them the right way. It all starts with defense.”
The Mariners flustered their opponent by flying around on the defensive end and closing out aggressively on shooters and jumping passing lanes while maintaining crisp rotations to recover on the weakside.
Warner shot just 29 percent from the field the first half and turned the ball over nine times. Coastal Georgia also went into halftime winning the rebound battle 23-13.
The Royals made marginal improvements on the offensive end in the second half, but the hole was much too big to ever threaten the Mariners, despite their own relatively slow start offensively.
At halftime, Coastal was shooting sub-35 percent from the field and just 3-of-10 from 3. By the end of the game, the Mariners were up to 45 percent and 9-of-20 from distance.
“I think we did a little better job executing on offense to get a shot,” Hodge said. “When you get easier shots, then obviously your percentages are going to go up.”
Solrun Gisladorttir led Coastal with 25 points, sparked by 7-of-13 shooting from behind the arc. Brianna Gipson recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Ayshia Baker added 15 points and nine boards of her own.
The Mariners scored 40 of their 90 points in the paint, and 15 on second chance attempts produced by out-rebounding the Royals by 20.
Warner men 74
Coastal Georiga 71
Warner scored the final seven points of the contest to break a late tie and win a game of runs against the Coastal Georgia men Tuesday.
Coastal (8-5) used a quick 28-8 run at the end of the first half to run out to a big lead, but it took even less time to squander the advantage.
Tied 15-15 in a low-scoring contest early on, the Mariners flipped a switch with just over eight minutes remaining until halftime to momentarily pull away from the Royals.
Coastal led 43-23 at halftime and its advantage grew to as much as 25 in the second half.
The Mariners built the lead shooting 45 percent in the first half to 28 percent for the Royals. Coastal also made the most of its advantage at the free throw line where it made all 13 of its attempts while Wagner shot just 2-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Elijah Wade’s layup pushed the Mariner’s lead to 55-30 with 16:46 remaining, but soon after, the Royals embarked on a went on 32-6 run to reclaim lead with 9:07 to play.
Coastal briefly went back on top 71-70 with fewer than two minutes to play, but Warner (7-4) ultimately prevailed.