ORANGEBURG, SC (November 15, 2021)– South Carolina State’s Trinity Klock tossed in 14 points and grabbed eight boards and teammate Lovely Sonnier contributed 10 points and four rebounds, but it was not enough to overcome the outstanding 39-point, seven-rebound effort of Coastal Carolina’s Aja Blount as the Chanticleers handed the host Lady Bulldogs an 81-57 setback Saturday.
The loss dropped Coach Audra Smith‘s team to 0-2, while the visitors improved to 2-0 on the season. Blayre Shultz and Deja Richardson were also in double figures for Coastal, which broke out to a 42-24 lead at the half.
The visitors outscored SC State 20-16 in the third period to take a 62-40 lead into the final period in which SC State played the Chanticleers even, 19-19, but by then, the outcome was not in doubt.
The Lady Bulldogs shot just 40 percent (18-45) from the field in the contest to 48.5 percent (33-68) for the Chanticleers, who also enjoyed a 43-32 edge on the boards. SC State did win the three-point shooting category 6-18 to 4-13 for Coastal, however, SC State’s effort to keep the game close was hurt by its 25 turnovers to just 13 for the visitors.
Coach Smith’s team will try for its first win of the campaign Tuesday, November 16th, when the Lady Bulldogs host USC Upstate in a 7 p.m. contest at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.