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Originally published: 2012-12-07 10:55:35
Last modified: 2012-12-07 10:55:35

LMC women’s basketball: Cobras surge past Bobcats, 77-58

Amber Lau poured in 27 points in the first half to propel the Coker College women’s basketball team to a 63-29 halftime lead, and the Cobras held off a late rally by Lees-McRae College en route to a 77-58 victory in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Williams Gymnasium.

Coker (2-2, 2-0 CC) shot 47.3 percent from the floor in the contest, including a blistering 61.1 percent in the first half, while holding Lees-McRae (0-4, 0-4 CC) to a 37.7 percent clip from the field on the night. The Cobras won the battle on the glass by a 40-30 margin, including a 25-16 advantage on the defensive boards, as Coker converted 21 Bobcat miscues into 35 points.

Juliane Faltus paced the Bobcats with 12 points in 12 minutes off the bench, going 6-for-7 from the floor as Kabrina Truesdale added eight markers and four assists. Zukye Smith and Layana de Souza each added seven points, while Smith hauled down a team-high six boards.

Lau led all scorers with 29 points on 9-of-14 shooting, connecting on 7-of-10 attempts from beyond the arc while also snatching six rebounds. Angie Lawrence added 18 points and game-highs of five assists and five steals, as Hailey Yohn chipped in 13 markers and Priscilla Fenty posted a contest-best 10 boards.

Coker got off to a strong start in the first half, taking an early 20-4 lead after Lau knocked down her fourth three-pointer of the period with 15:05 left on the clock. Lau would push the advantage to 44-15 with 6:49 to go, capping a trio of Cobra three-pointers with a triple of her own.

The Bobcats battled back, outscoring the Cobras by an 8-4 margin over the next two minutes as Truesdale capped the spurt with a freebie at the 4:18 mark. Coker countered with a 10-0 spurt, pushing the lead to 58-23 before de Souza answered a Lau triple with a trey of her own with 1:35 left on the clock. The Cobras would take a 63-29 advantage into the intermission, as Fenty converted a trio of free throws in the closing seconds of the first half.

After Coker opened the second half with a 6-0 run, Lees-McRae countered with a 20-5 surge to close the gap to 74-49 following a Faltus jumper and a pair of de Souza free throws with 4:57 to go. The Bobcats would finish strong over the final five minutes, closing out the game on a 9-4 run to equal the final margin of 77-58 on a pair of last-second jumpers by Faltus.

Lees-McRae returned to the court on Monday, Dec. 3, when the Bobcats hosted Salem International University in non-conference play in Williams Gymnasium.