Misenheimer, NC---On Senior Night the Falcons of Pfeiffer defeated Coker 71-68 in Conference Carolinas women's basketball action. Pfeiffer used an early 8-0 run to gain command in the second half and held on for the victory. Shanee' Purnell led the Falcons with 16 points. Pfeiffer is now 10-14 overall on the season and 7-10 in the conference. Coker falls to 5-19 and 4-13.
The game was close early on and Pfeiffer held a one point lead at 14-13 when Ashelle Athill scored four straight points to give Pfeiffer an 18-13 lead with seven minutes left unil halftime.
Coker came back with a 7-0 run to take a 21-20 lead with 5:40 to go.
Shanee' Purnell hit a lay-up at the halftime buzzer to tie the game at 32.
A Falcon 8-0 run gave Pfeiffer a 44-35 lead with 16:58 left.
Coker fought back and cut the Pfeiffer lead to 54-52 with 7:40 to go but Athill came back with a driving lay-up plus free throw to build the lead to 57-52.
Kalee Smith hit a fifteen foot jumper to give he Falcons a 66-57 advantage with 3:20 left.
The Falcons hit enough free throws down the stretch to hold on to a 71-68 win. This was the third win in a row for the Falcons.
Purnell led Pfeiffer with 16 points. Kalee Smith added 10 points and 9 rebounds. Ashelle Athill had 11 points and 3 assists.
Pfeiffer will return to action next Saturday when they travel to Anderson for a 2:00 pm game.