GAFFNEY, SC — The Coker College women’s basketball team outscored Limestone 39-19 in the second half to earn a 68-45 conference victory in Gaffney. The Cobras are now 4-5 and 1-1 in the CVAC, while Limestone falls to 1-7, 1-2 in the conference.
The Saints grabbed their only lead of the night on a pair of free throws at the start of the game to lead 2-0. Senior Shamae Hemingway/Conway, SC tied the score at 2-2 on a jumper and CC never looked back again. The Cobras led by as many as 11 (17-8) in the first period but a late rally by Limestone closed the gap to 29-26 at the break.
Coker came out fired up in the second half and pushed their advantage to 44-33 on a layup by senior Michelle Glover/Beaufort, SC with 14:39 to play. The margin never reached single digits again, with the Cobras relying on Hemingway whenever they needed a bucket.
Hemingway proved that she had recovered from a preseason knee injury by pouring in 28 points in the team’s second game in two days. She hit 10-11 free throws in the game and also pulled down eight rebounds.
Freshman Sara Nelson/Mondovi, WI tallied 13 points and junior Ashley White/Mt. Airy, MD added 11 for CC. Freshman Tyesha Ervin/Darlington, SC finished with five points, four assists and four steals in her first collegiate start.
Leading the way for the Saints was Danielle Vieira with 16 points and 11 boards. The Cobras shot 52 percent in the second period and limited LC to 27 percent shooting for the game. Coker lost the rebounding battle 40-35 but grabbed 12 steals and connected on 23-30 free throw attempts.
The Cobras return to Hartsville this Saturday for a 2:00 PM matchup against Lees-McRae.