HARTSVILLE, SC – Coker opened the 2004-05 season with an impressive 82-56 win over Converse College in women’s collegiate basketball.  The Cobras improve to 1-0 on the year while Converse drops to 0-2 on the season.

Coker broke the game open quickly with an outstanding shooting display.  CC connected on seven of their first eight shots to open up a 21-10 lead in the first seven minutes of play.  The Cobras continued to find good shots and cruised to a 49-30 halftime lead on 56 percent shooting.

The hot shooting cooled off a bit after the break but Coker compensated by dominating the boards, grabbing 31 rebounds to the All-Stars 17.  The possession that epitomized the rebounding advantage came around the 12 minute mark when CC chased down four offensive rebounds and took 43 seconds off the clock before sophomore Tara Nelson/Rochester Hills, MI scored for a 64-40 lead.  The Cobras also protected the ball well, forcing 23 turnovers and committing only 12 of their own.   

Redshirt Freshman Sara Nelson/Mondovi, WI had a breakout game starting for the injured Shamae Hemingway/Conway, SC.  Nelson, sidelined last season by broken leg, poured in a game high 22 points and pulled in five rebounds in 29 minutes.

Senior Michelle Glover/Beaufort, SC had a double-double with 11 points and 16 boards and Rachael Kolbeck/Santa Paula, CA connected for 13 points and seven rebounds in her first game as a Cobra.  Sophomore India Elliott/Faison, NC contributed 10 points, four boards and three assists, and Tara Nelson finished with nine points.  All ten Coker players scored in the contest.

Coker next travels to NCAA Division I Wofford on Friday night, November 19.  The Terriers and Cobras tip off at 7:00 PM in Spartanburg, SC.