Parker paces Bobcats past Cobras, 61-37

Box score

HARTSVILLE, S.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team utilized a balanced attack and superb defense to record a 61-37 victory over Coker College on Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action.

Lees-McRae (3-9, 3-4 CC) connected on 45.3 percent of its field goal attempts on the afternoon, while holding Coker (2-12, 2-6 CC) to a 23.3 percent clip from the floor, including a 19 percent mark from beyond the arc. The Bobcats also won the battle on the glass by a 42-36 margin, including a 34-23 advantage on the defensive boards, while converting 21 Cobra miscues into 18 points.

Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) scored in double figures for the fifth straight game, pouring in 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting while hauling down a game-high eight rebounds. Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) joined Parker in double figures with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, while dishing out a team-high three assists. Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) chipped in nine points off the bench, as Patterson posted a game-high three steals.

Freshman Ashley Thompson (Columbia, S.C.) paced the Cobras with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting, while also pulling down seven rebounds and equaling Patterson's contest-best three steals. Megan Thomas (Cresskill, N.J.) and Cassie Kirby (Charlottesville, Va.) chipped in seven and six points, respectively, while Jasmine Alston (Sumter, S.C.) added six rebounds and a game-high six assists.

Lees-McRae never trailed in the game, opening an early 6-0 lead on Parker's second bucket of the game at the 17:29 mark of the first half. Coker closed the gap to 12-9 with a 9-6 spurt before the Bobcats responded, pushing the margin to 18-11 with an Erin Thompson (Ashburn, Va.) triple at the 8:38 mark on the heels of a 6-2 run.

After Thomas converted a free throw to trim the margin to 18-12 for the Cobras, the Bobcats answered with a 15-6 run, pushing the lead to 33-18 on a Patterson layup with 1:46 to play in the half. Coker would then close out the period with a pair of buckets by Thompson and Alston to cut the Bobcat lead to 33-22 heading into the intermission.

The Bobcats would maintain the double-digit margin for the duration of the second half, pushing the lead to as high as 27 points on a layup by Patterson with 1:26 left in the contest before Kirby knocked down a triple for Coker to equal the final margin of 61-37.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats host Belmont Abbey College in Williams Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.

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