Lady Railsplitters drop 69-60 decision at Coker

Hartsville, SC - Tanesha Stenson scored 20 of her game-high 24 points in the second half, leading the Coker College Cobras to a 69-60 come-from-behind victory over the Lady Railsplitters in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on Saturday in Hartsville, South Carolina. After rolling off four-straight wins, Lincoln Memorial University dropped its second-consecutive game on Saturday, falling to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in league play, while Coker improves to 5-2 on the season and 3-1 in the SAC.

Junior guard Aisjah Roan (Louisville, KY) capped a 14-6 run for the Lady Railsplitters to open the contest, putting in a lay-up - her seventh point over that flourish - at the 13:42 mark. The Cobras responded by rolling off a 9-0 rally over the next 2:34 to take the lead at 15-14. Coker continued to hold sway over the ensuing passage of play, jumping out to a 21-18 advantage following two Patricia Sullivan free throws with 7:10 left in the half. Roan took over for Lincoln Memorial following those Cobra freebies, as she scored six points over a three-minute stretch to pace an 11-5 LMU run that put the Lady Railsplitters on top, 29-26.

The Cobras cut the gap to 32-30 following a pair of Jessica Cohen free throws with 32 ticks remaining in the half, but Britney Guy (Locust Grove, GA) scored with eight seconds left to send LMU into the break with a 34-30 cushion.

Jumpers by Samantha Satterlee (Junction City, KS) and Kalasia Green (Laveen, AZ) along with a free throw by Roan pushed the Lady Railsplitters out to a 39-30 head of steam only 1:30 into the second half. Satterlee drained another lay-up at the 16:10 mark to keep LMU on top, 41-33, but the Cobras responded with a 10-2 run, capped with a Tanesha Stenson three-pointer at the 10:25 mark to tie the game at 43-43.

The two teams traded punches before meeting in another tie at 50-50 behind a Kalasia Green trifecta at the 7:17 mark. Following Green's three, the Cobras grabbed command of the game, using a 7-0 run paced by five points from Tanesha Stenson to take a 57-50 lead with 5:39 remaining. Over the final five minutes of action, the Lady Railsplitters were unable to make it a one possession game. Lincoln Memorial cut it to a 66-60 gap with 1:14 left, but three free throws for the Cobras down the stretch concluded the game at 69-60 in favor of Coker.

The Lady Railsplitters finished with a 25-for-70 mark (35.7%) from the field and a four-for-29 effort (13.8%) from long range. Aisjah Roan paced Lincoln Memorial with 21 points on nine-of-22 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Junior Kalasia Green chipped in with 13 points on an efficient six-for-nine tally and corralled five rebounds. Katrina Ottesen (Chandler, AZ) posted 11 points, two steals and two rebounds in 29 minutes of work. Senior MaRanda Boddie (Springfield, IL) paced LMU to a 42-38 advantage on the glass with a game-high 12 rebounds.

Lincoln Memorial's offensive effort was stalemated by a six-for-17 mark (35.3%) from free throw line and 15 turnovers which the Cobras used to tally 19 points.

The Cobras capped the contest with a 24-for-45 effort (53.3%) from the floor and a five-for-eight mark (62.5%) from three. The Cobras also knocked down 16 of their 26 free throw attempts. Tanesha Stenson led the Cobras with a game-high 24 points on nine-of-14 shooting. Stenson added seven rebounds and two assists. Hailey Yohn and Priscilla Fenty posted 10 points apiece while Fenty added eight rebounds to her stat ledger. Jessica Cohen tallied 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Lady Railsplitters are scheduled to return to action on Monday, December 16, hosting Indianapolis in non-conference action at Tex Turner Arena. That game is set to tip at 7 p.m.


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