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Alaina Coates
Alaina  Coates

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Irmo, S.C.

High School:
Dutch Fork

Height:
6-4

Position:
C

Major:
Social Work



Awards
Sophomore Year (2014-15)
SEC All-Defensive Team
All-SEC Second Team (Coaches, AP)
NCAA Greensboro Region MOP
SEC All-Tournament Team

Freshman Year (2013-14)
SEC Co-6th Player of the Year (Coaches)
SEC Freshman/Newcomer of the Year (Coaches, AP)
Freshman All-America First Team (Full Court)
All-SEC Second Team (Coaches)
All-SEC Honorable Mention (AP)
SEC All-Freshman Team
NCAA Tournament All-Region Team
Five-Time SEC Freshman of the Week


High School
McDonald's All-America (2012-13)
Parade All-America (2012-13)
South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Class 4A Player of the Year (2012-13)



In the Record Books
Career
8th -- Blocked shots in a career (126)
10th -- Double-Doubles in a career (22)
2nd -- Double-Doubles in an SEC career (10)

Season
2nd -- Blocked shots in a season (73 in 2013-14)
2nd -- Defensive rebounds in a season (203 in 2013-14)
3rd -- Blocked shots average in a season (2.1 in 2013-14)
4th -- Defensive rebounds in a season (186 in 2014-15)
1st -- Defensive rebounds in an SEC season (100 in 2013-14)
2nd -- Double-Doubles in an SEC season (5 in 2013-14 and 2014-15)
2nd -- Blocked shots in an SEC season (35 in 2013-14)
2nd -- Rebounds in an SEC season (136 in 2013-14)
Best field goal percentage by a freshman (.612 (148-242) in 2013-14)
Most defensive rebounds in a freshman season (203 in 2013-14)
Most defensive rebounds in a sophomore season (186 in 2014-15)
Most blocked shots in a freshman season (73 in 2013-14)

Game
4th -- Rebounds in an SEC game (17 vs. Kentucky, 1/9/14)
5th -- Blocked shots in an SEC game (three times, most recent vs. Alabama, 1/29/15)
Best field goal percentage by a freshman (1.000 (7-7) vs. SC State, 12/22/13)


Sophomore Year (2014-15)
  • Named All-SEC Second Team for second-straight season and All-Defensive Team
  • Second in the SEC in double-doubles (12), fourth in rebounding average (7.9) and 20th in scoring average (11.1) ... among top 10 in blocks (4th, 1.5/gm), offensive rebs 10th, 2.8/gm) and FT %age (10th, .696)
  • Scored in double figures 24 times and posted double-digit rebounds 14 times
  • Was the team's top scorer five times -- Southern Cal, at Alabama, vs. LSU, Syracuse (NCAA), vs. North Carolina (NCAA)
  • Led team in rebounds 16 times -- Southern Cal, Clemson, Wisconsin, Charlotte, at Duke, Savannah State, at Hampton, Auburn, at Florida, Texas A&M, Alabama, at Ole Miss, at Arkansas, Mississippi St., vs. Tennessee, vs. North Carolina (NCAA)
  • Was the team's second-leading scorer in NCAA Tournament action, posting 14.0 points per game on a team-high 68.4 percent shooting
  • Named NCAA Greensboro Region Most Outstanding Player after averaging 16.0 points on 62.5 percent shooting
  • Posted personal 11-5 run early in second half against #7/7 Florida State (Mar. 29) to cut seven-point deficit to one, finishing with second perfect shooting night of the NCAA Tournament
  • Delivered at the free throw line, hitting 10-of-10 against #15/12 North Carolina (Mar. 27), including 6-of-6 in the second half
  • Named to the SEC All-Tournament Team after averaging 10.3 points and 8.0 rebounds over the three-game event
  • Came up with the tough rebounds to stifle any second-half run by #5/5 Tennessee (Mar. 8) in the SEC Championship, reeling in five of her eight in the second half
  • Hit back-to-back buckets to kick off an 18-4 second-half run that turned a one-point game into a 15-point lead against LSU (Mar. 7) in SEC Tournament semifinals
  • Grabbed three of her six rebounds against #6/6 Tennessee (Feb. 23) in final 2:00 to help seal victory
  • Had her best game against a ranked team this season with a double-double against #12/10 Texas A&M (Jan. 26), including nine points and six rebounds in second half to help deliver victory
  • Hit all six of her free throw attempts in final 2:00 at Missouri (Jan. 15) to seal Gamecocks' win
  • Grabbed pair of rebounds during game-changing 5-0 run midway through 2nd half vs. #10/11 Kentucky (Jan. 11)
  • Snared six of her team-high 10 rebounds at #9/8 Duke (Dec. 7) in the second half, including two defensive in the critical final two minutes of the comeback win



Freshman Year (2013-14)
  • Became first SEC Freshman of the Year in league history to also earn another "of the Year" award with selection as Co-6th Player of the Year from the league's coaches
  • Named SEC Newcomer of the Year by the Associated Press and earned Freshman All-America honors from Full Court
  • Earned Second-Team All-SEC honors and was named SEC Freshman of the Week a league-record-tying five times
  • Played in all 34 games, including one start (LA Tech)
  • Was the only freshman to rank among SEC's top-25 scorers (23rd) and top-20 rebounders (sixth)
  • Finished third in SEC and 41st in nation with 2.1 blocks per game, ranking her seventh among the nation's freshmen
  • Was fifth-best rebounding freshman in the country (8.4 rpg)
  • Set Gamecock freshman record with 73 blocked shots to rank second in the all-time single-season standings
  • Also posted program freshman records with .612 (148-242) field goal percentage and 10 double-doubles
  • Led team in scoring seven times (Chas. Southern, at San Diego St., SC State, Vandy, Ole Miss, vs. Georgia, vs. UNC)
  • Led team in rebounding 18 times (LA Tech, Seton Hall, at San Diego St., at USC, NC Central, Sav. St., at Ark., Vandy, UK, at Auburn, Ole Miss, Ark., at LSU, Fla., vs. UK, vs. CSUN, vs. Oregon St., vs. UNC)
  • Averaged double-double in NCAA Tournament play -- 14.7 pts/12.7 rebs
  • Lifted scoring and rebounding averages from non-conference play (11.6 pts/7.2 reb) to SEC action (12.7 pts/8.5 rebs)
  • Joined just two other Gamecock freshmen all-time to score 20 or more points in an NCAA Tournament game with her team-high 22 against #12/13 North Carolina (Mar. 30) in the Sweet 16 and completed her 10th double-double of the season with 11 boards, including five offensive
  • Grabbed second-most rebounds by freshman in school history with 16 against CSUN (Mar. 23) in NCAA Tournament
  • Became first freshman to record at least 20 points in an SEC game since Feb. 4, 2010 (Kelsey Bone at Auburn) with her career-high tying 24 against Ole Miss (Jan. 30), making her one of just six Gamecock freshmen all-time to record at least five 20-point games
  • Played just 12 minutes at #16/19 Vanderbilt (Jan. 26) due to foul trouble, but blocked four shots, including three in second half to help secure victory
  • Set Gamecock freshman record with 17 rebounds against #9/10 Kentucky (Jan. 9) and posted fourth-straight double-double
  • Scored 12 of career-high 24 points against Vanderbilt (Jan. 5) during final 10 minutes of first half to help turn two-point deficit into 11-point lead
  • Posted only perfect shooting night by a freshman (minimum five attempts each in program history), hitting 7-of-7 from the field and 9-of-9 free throws against SC State (Dec. 22), with field goal performance tying for fourth in Colonial Life Arena history



High School
  • McDonald's and a Parade All-American
  • Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year
  • South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (SCBCA) Class 4A Player of the Year
  • Charlotte Observer South Carolina Miss Basketball (2012-13)
  • Three-time SCBCA Class 4A all-state selection
  • Posted 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game as a senior (2012-13)
  • Helped team to back-to-back state championships (2012, 2013), including an undefeated 29-0 season as a senior
  • Played five seasons for Coach Faye Norris at Dutch Fork and for Coach Jerome Dickerson's Palmetto 76ers in AAU



Personal
  • Daughter of Pamela and Gary Coates, has an older brother, Gary
  • Uncle Ben Coates played in the NFL in the 1990s for the New England Patriots and one season for the Baltimore Ravens
  • Majoring in social work

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