ANCHORAGE – Junior guard Katie Ahaus scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half Wednesday to lead Coastal Carolina to a 72-64 victory over Western Carolina for third place in the women’s Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena.
Coastal (3-2) also got 17 points and eight rebounds from junior guard Sydnei Moss, while senior guard Amanda Stull scored all 11 of her points from the free-throw line.
WCU (1-4) was led by a game-high 21 points from reserve guard Kaila’Shea Menendez, who sank all 10 of her charity shots. Catamounts guard Jessica Jackson dished a game-high nine assists in the loss.
The Chanticleers, of the Big South Conference, took a 41-34 lead at halftime thanks to a 12-0 run late in the first half. With 8:27 remaining in the game, Ahaus nailed a jump shot to give her team its largest lead at 59-46.
The Catamounts, of the Southern Conference, scrapped within 63-58 on Brittany Ferguson’s free throw with 3:45 left, and sliced it to a one-possession game on Menendez’s layup at the 1:02 mark, making it 67-64.
But Stull answered with a pair of free throws and WCU’s Emily Clarke missed a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to end the late rally.
It was the first Shootout appearance for both Carolina teams.