HARTSVILLE, S.C.—Junior center Kayla Hay (Hanover, Ind.) scored a career-high 19 points for visiting St. Andrews Presbyterian College but junior Kiesha Beavers (Williamstown, N.J.) answered with a career-high 22 points leading host Coker College to a 83-55 Conference Carolinas victory on Thursday evening in Timberlake-Lawton Gymnasium.
The Lady Cobras won their second straight game improving to 3-6 overall and 2-2 in the league. The Lady Knights dip to 1-8 on the year and 0-5 in the conference.
Coker doubled up the Knights score, 52-26, in the first half by dominating the glass (28-12) and by converting on 18-of-39 (46.2%) shots compared to 11-of-30 (36.7%) by St. Andrews. Junior Henna Koponen (Vantaa, Finland) had an offensive rebound and an old fashion three-point play on the opening possession of the game putting the Cobras ahead for the whole contest. Coker used a 21-5 run in building its 26-point lead at halftime.
The two teams played an fairly even second half with the hosts claiming a slim 31-29 scoring edge in the final 20 minutes as the Cobras coasted to the 28-point victory.
Beavers led all scorers with 22 points while three other Coker players reached double figures. Junior Lotta Aaltonen (Rauma, Finland) bucketed 15 points; Koponen provided 14 points; and senior Jessica Hayes (Beaufort, S.C.) followed with 11 points. Junior Heidi Rienstra (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) chipped in with nine points.
Hayes and Aaltonen each recorded double-doubles with 14 and 12 rebounds, respectively, as Coker finished with a 54-28 rebounding advantage. Hayes also handed out a game-high five assists.
Hay scored her career-high 19 points on 8-of-13 accuracy from the field. Freshman Brittany Roberts (Concord, N.C.) swished 10 points for the Royal Blue & White. Hayes had a team-high seven reboards and Roberts pulled down a season-high six boards.
Freshmen Septembra LeSane (Pompano Beach, Fla.) provided seven points and classmate Kaela Allison (Miramar, Fla.) added six points and a team-high three steals.
CC shot 45.7-percent (32-of-70) for the contest while SAPC was 35.9% (23-of-64).
St. Andrews wraps up a three-game road swing on Saturday when they visit Conference Carolinas foe Erskine College (Due West, S.C.) at 2 p.m., while Coker will host Pfeiffer also at 2:00 p.m.