BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Jasmine Alston (Sumter, S.C.) posted game-highs of 47 points and 13 rebounds to lead Coker College to a 90-86 victory in overtime on senior day at Lees-McRae College. The Cobras (5-21, 5-15 CC) overcame 34 turnovers and out-rebounded the Bobcats (6-19, 6-14 CC) by a 46-40 margin on the afternoon to spoil senior day in Williams Gymnasium.
The Cobras shot 44 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 11-of-25 from three point range, while adding 35-of-45 from the charity stripe. Alston posted a 10-for-15 game from the floor, and converted 22-of-27 attempts at the free throw line en route to a career-high 47 markers. Ashley Thompson (Columbia, S.C.) and Megan Thomas (Cresskill, N.J.) each added 14 points, as Ashley Thompson chipped in 11 rebounds to help pace the Cobras.
Kasey Haynes (Lake Norman, N.C.) paced the Bobcat attack with 21 points and six rebounds, while seniors Janina Thurau (Berlin, Germany) and Erin Thompson (Ashburn, Va.) scored 12 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Bobcats. Zukye Smith (Chesterfield, Va.) also added 11 points and seven rebounds for Lees-McRae on the afternoon.
The Bobcats opened scoring quickly, when Thurau battled into the lane to lay the ball in. Following the second Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) steal of the contest, Erin Thompson doubled the Bobcat lead with a lay-in to make it 4-0 at the 18:46 mark of the opening half. Lees-McRae doubled the advantage following a Melissa Jensen (Aarhus, Denmark) free throw to make it 8-0 in favor of the Bobcats just over two and a half minutes into the contest.
The Cobras rallied back, going on a 10-0 run over the next three and a half minutes to take a 10-8 lead on a three-point basket from Lucy Fish (Nottingham, England). The teams then battled back-and-forth over the next five minutes when Thomas knocked down a jump shot to knot the score at 19-19 with just under nine minutes to play in the opening stanza.
The Bobcats then used a 6-0 run to retake the advantage at 25-19 before the Cobras battled back with a 7-0 run of their own, taking a 26-25 lead with just under six minutes to play in the first half. The teams traded possessions as the clock counted down, with the sixth tie of the contest coming with 2:18 remaining in the period on an Alston free throw. The Bobcats then utilized a 5-0 run to take a 41-36 lead following two free throws by Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) with just over 90 seconds to play in the opening half.
The Cobras cut the advantage to three points at 43-40 as time expired, when Alston pulled down an offensive rebound and netted the basket at the buzzer.
The teams continued to battle in the second half, with the Bobcats grabbing a seven point advantage just over six minutes into the second stanza, when Haynes netted a three-point basket to give Lees-McRae a 52-45 advantage. The Cobras fought back, using an 11-4 run to even the score at 56-56 with just under 11 minutes remaining.
The Bobcats battled to retake the lead at 59-58, but the Cobras responded when Ashley Thompson sank two from the charity stripe to give Coker the 60-59 advantage. The Cobras continued to build on the advantage, pushing the lead to 70-64 with just over three and a half minutes to play in the second half. Lees-McRae then answered with a 6-1 run to cut the score to 71-70 in favor of the Cobras on a Patterson layup with 1:42 to play.
Coker retaliated with a 5-0 run to again extend the advantage to six at 76-70 with 1:06 left on the game clock. The Bobcats then capped the contest with an 11-5 run that nine points from Thurau, who netted a three-point basket with just over one second on the clock to send the contest into overtime. The Cobras responded in overtime, outscoring the Bobcats by a 9-6 margin en route to the 90-86 victory.
Lees-McRae returns to the hardwood on Tuesday when the eighth-seeded Bobcats travel to Wilson, N.C. to take on top-seeded Barton College in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. in Wilson Gym.
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