HARTSVILLE, S.C. --- The Coker College women's basketball team held off a late rally by Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon en route to a 55-45 win in Conference Carolinas play, snapping the Bobcats' five-game winning streak.
Coker (10-6, 6-4 CC) held Lees-McRae (6-6, 4-5 CC) to a field goal percentage of 29.8 percent in a defensive battle, as the Cobras won the fight on the glass by a 50-35 margin, including a 16-11 advantage on the offensive boards.
Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with nine points, as Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) and Layana De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) each added seven markers. Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.) chipped in six points, five rebounds, and a game-high two blocks.
Autumn Lau led the way for Coker with a game-high 14 points, knocking down four three-pointers as Priscilla Fenty added eight markers and a contest-best seven boards. Hannah Kuhn chipped in six rebounds, while Amber Lau posted seven markers and five glass-cleanings.
Coker jumped out to an early lead in the first half, taking a 9-2 lead following an Autumn Lau triple before Flowers and De Souza answered with back-to-back treys, cutting the advantage to 9-8 with 13:45 left in the period. The Cobras would respond with an 11-0 run, pushing the margin to 20-8 on a Fenty layup at the 10:14 mark.
After Flowers cut the lead to 20-16 with her second three-pointer of the game, Coker answered with a 14-7 to close out the half and take a 34-23 advantage into the intermission following a last-second trey by Hailey Yohn.
The Cobras carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with a 12-2 run to push the lead to 46-25 on a Theresa Jackson-Henderson lay-in with 15:13 to go. The Bobcats would keep pace with the Cobras for the remainder of the game, finishing strong with a 9-2 run over the final four and a half minutes to equal the final margin of 55-45.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Monday when the Bobcats travel to Bristol, Tenn. to take on King College in conference play at 5:30 p.m.
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