Brunswick, Ga. – The College of Coastal Georgia women's basketball team defeated William Carey 64-56 Saturday at Howard Coffin Gym to end a four-game losing streak.
Coastal Georgia earned the Southern States Athletic Conference win by piecing together a balanced scoring effort that included three players finishing in double figures.
"I am very proud of our kids," said Coastal Georgia coach Roger Hodge. "We have been through a lot over the last few weeks and really needed a win."
A'Chanti Layfield led the Mariners (5-10 overall, 2-4 league) with 15 points off the bench, going 12-for-14 from the foul line and making several free throws down the stretch to help Coastal Georgia hold off a late charge by the Crusaders.
Ashlee Francis added 14 points while having a monster game on the backboards as she finished with 19 rebounds including 13 on the defensive glass. She was one rebound shy of the school single-game record of 20 held by three different players.
Hannah Riley added 11 points while pulling down eight boards for the Mariners.
Coastal Georgia shot just 30.6 percent from the field (15-49), but the Mariners were solid from the charity stripe, sinking 30 of their 43 foul shots including 21 of 30 after halftime.
Coastal Georgia held William Carey (3-8, 1-4) to 30.9 percent (21-68) shooting for the game.
Jada Jones led the visitors with 16 points and also nine rebounds.
The teams were tied 14-14 after the opening quarter, and with both sides struggling to score in the second period, they were still deadlocked at 19-19 inside the final three minutes before halftime.
Francis started a late run by the Mariners with a three-point basket with 2:55 until intermission and Coastal Georgia would finish the first half on a 7-0 spurt to take a 26-19 advantage into the break.
After halftime, the Mariners would build their lead to as much as 18 points in the third quarter before going to the final period with a 48-34 cushion.
Coastal Georgia appeared headed for a big victory with a 55-36 lead with five minutes to play, but the Crusaders' defensive pressure gave the Mariners trouble and enabled them to cut their deficit to 60-54 inside the final minute.
The Mariners put the game away, though, with Layfield scoring at the foul line to preserve the win.
"We saw progress in the execution of our system," Hodge noted. "I am especially proud of Ashlee Francis and A'Chanti Layfield who did a great job pushing the ball in transition and getting to the foul line.
"It's important that we continue to improve and build on the steps we took today."
Coastal Georgia is off until next Saturday when it hosts league foe Faulkner for a 2 p.m. contest inside Coffin.