January 26, 2008

Coker Rallies to Top Lady Bobcats

HARTSVILLE, SC--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats basketball team dropped a 75-59 Conference Carolinas contest on the road against the Coker Lady Cobras. The Lady Bobcats fall to 4-12 (3-7 Conference Carolinas) while the Lady Cobras improved to 4-14 (3-8).

Temeca Spain (Conway, SC) led the charge for the Lady Cobras, registering a double-double with a game high 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Lotta Aaltonen (Rauma, Finland) had 17 points and five rebounds, including three huge 3-pointers off the bench. The Lady Cobras used a strong second half to rally from a 14 point half-time deficit.

Coker entered the second half down 41-27, and proceeded to use a tenacious full court press to hold the Lady Bobcats to just 18 points in the half. Coker was 18-35 from the field, 5-6 from beyond the arc and 7-8 from the charity stripe in the second half, while Lees-McRae shot just 30 percent, going 6-20 from the field, was 1-4 from 3-point range and 5-6 from the free throw line in the second half.

Besides Spain and Aaltonen, Henna Koponen (Vantaa, Finland) netted 12 points with six rebounds and a pair of assists for the Lady Cobras, while Megan Thomas (Cresskill, NJ) just missed scoring in double figures with seven points and five assists.

For Lees-McRae, Brittany Roberson (Salisbury, NC) led the way with a team high 17 points, and also grabbed nine rebounds, while sister Renee Roberson had 13 points and two rebounds. Senior Stephanie Mullinax (Etowah, TN) had 11 points and seven rebounds in the game.

Both teams return to the court on Monday, as Coker travels to Anderson and Lees-McRae hosts Erskine. Tip-offs for both games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

PICTURED TOP LEFT: Brittany Roberson