HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker College women's basketball team used a balanced attack to cruise to a 93-64 victory over the visiting Mars Hill University Lions Saturday (Dec. 16) afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action. Erin Houser (17 points), Sydney Shull (17 points), Janea Williams (12 points), and Hannah Stull (ten points) all reached double figures on the offensive end for the Cobras.
Both squads started the contest by exchanging scores and the Cobras held a tight 11-9 lead over the Lions at the 4:44 mark of the first quarter. However, the Cobras began to pull away from the Lions when Shull provided an offensive spark for the Navy and Gold by knocking down back-to-back three-pointers. Iresha Cooper added a jump shot at the end of the run to give Coker a 19-9 advantage over Mars Hill.
Coker held their lead through the rest of the first and second quarters, and took a 46-36 lead into halftime.
The third quarter began with the Navy and Gold jumping all over the Lions by securing 15 unanswered points. Shay Jackson, Hayley Kropp, Williams, Stull, and Houser all knocked down shots during the run for a 61-36 Coker lead at the 4:42 mark of the third quarter. The Cobras went on to outscore the Lions 22-15 in the final quarter of play for the dominating 93-64 victory.
As mentioned, the Cobras finished with four different players reaching double-digits on the offensive end. Houser finished the game with a double-double, tallying a team-best 17 points and securing a team-high 11 rebounds. In addition, Houser and Stull finished with six assists each. As a team, the Navy and Gold finished with 24 assists, their best mark of the season.
The Cobras will have little time off as they host Queens on Monday (Dec. 16). Opening tip is set for 6 p.m. in the DeLoach Center.
McDonald's Player of the Game - Erin Houser