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Lady Railsplitters' rally falls short In 58-55 loss to Coker

HARROGATE, TN - Junior Samantha Satterlee (Junction City, KS) led all players with 16 points, but her game-tying three-point attempt as time expired went begging, as the Lady Railsplitters fell to the Coker College Cobras, 58-55, in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on Saturday at Tex Turner Arena.

Lincoln Memorial University (10-8, 9-5 SAC) dropped to 0-3 in the all-time series against Coker (10-8, 8-6 SAC), who won for only the second time in its last six tries. The Lady Railsplitters suffered a 69-60 defeat at the hands of the Cobras back on December 7 in Hartsville, South Carolina.

Stretch forward Samantha Satterlee matched a career-high, led all players in scoring and posted double figures for the fifth time in six games with 16 points in Saturday's loss. The Junction City, Kansas native added eight rebounds and two steals to her stat ledger, finishing the night with a 6-for-11 mark from the field.

Senior Kalasia Green (Laveen, AZ) added 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Aisjah Roan (Louisville, KY) collected eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Freshman Josey Harding (Middletown, OH) pitched in eight points in 15 minutes off the bench, and Haley Nelson (White Pine, TN) contributed seven points and five rebounds.

While senior MaRanda Boddie (Springfield, OH) had a limited offensive impact, the forward tallied a block to go along with six points and three rebounds. With that one stonewall, Boddie tied LMU's career record for blocks, matching Hilary Ross's four-year record of 141. Boddie - 10th among active players in Division II in career blocks - has amassed that mark in three seasons.

The Cobras came out on the plus side of a topsy turvy first half, taking a 33-29 advantage into the break after Haley Nelson cut into the Coker lead with a pair of free throws at the 19-second mark.

The Lady Railsplitters used buckets by Satterlee and Roan to knot the game at 35-35 with 16:02 remaining in regulation, but the Cobras gained command of the board following a 12-0 run, capped with a Patricia Sullivan three-pointer with 10:27 showing on the clock.

Coker held sway of the ensuing passage of play, clinging to a 55-46 lead following a pair of Tanesha Stenson free throws with just under four minutes remaining in regulation. However, the Lady Railsplitters used two free throws apiece from Josey Harding and Satterlee along with a Kalasia Green lay-up to cut the deficit to 55-52 with three minutes to play.

After nearly two scoreless minutes, Jessica Cohen put Coker back up by five with a jumper at the 1:11 mark before a three-point play by Green cut the LMU deficit to two with 55 seconds left.

The Lady Railsplitters fouled in the next possession, putting Stenson to the line where she converted one of two to make it a three-point game. Haley Nelson got off a game-tying look with 15 seconds left that went wide of the mark, and Samantha Satterlee followed up a missed Cobra free throw by lofting another game-tying look as the buzzer sounded that fell just short.

Lincoln Memorial finished shooting 34.5 percent in the contest, knocking down 20 of their 58 field-goal attempts. That mark was weighted down by a 3-for-20 clip from three-point range. Four different Lady Railsplitters collected at least five rebounds, carrying the team to a 43-25 advantage on the glass.

The Cobras shot 49 percent (25-for-51) in the game, but only attempted five free throws in the process. Coker knocked down five of its 15 three-point attempts. All nine players that appeared in the game for the Cobras registered at least two points, headlined by Tanesha Stenson's 12 points. Priscilla Fenty added 10 points, while Jasmine Evans sparked Coker off the bench with nine points and five assists. Jessica Cohen contributed eight points and four rebounds in 24 minutes.

The Lady Railsplitters are slated to return to action on Wednesday, February 5, hitting the road to Jefferson City, Tennessee for a 6 p.m. South Atlantic Conference draw against the Carson-Newman Eagles. Wednesday will mark the first meeting between LMU and Carson-Newman this season.

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