CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Marissa Hudley's (Charlotte, N.C., Harding University )12 second half points and six rebounds helped the Royals pick up a Conference Carolinas victory over Coker College Tuesday night.
The Royals (13-11/12-7 CC) started off slow, but were able to change gears after taking the lead with a Hudley field goal at the 11:26 point in the first half, 14-13. From there Queens went on a 13-2 run in the next five minutes.
Coker (9-15/8-11) was able to slow the Royals down just before the half with a few free throws and cut the lead to 11, 36-25, to finish out the first stanza.
Queens' offense continued to roll in the second half extending the lead to 16 five minutes in. From the span of 15:13 to 12:25, neither team could make the ball drop through the basket until Erin Goldner (Matthews, N.C., Piedmont) broke the scoring draught with a made free throw.
Another two minutes past without any baskets made. The slowdown in offense allowed Coker to mount a comeback, outscoring the Royals 8-1 and pulling them within eight points with 8:29 to play.
In the last 8:29 the Queens defense only gave up two field goals. The Cobras got to the charity stripe twice, hitting one of four attempts.
Queens’ strong defense pulled out the 67-46 win.
Hudley led all scorers with 22, scoring 10 in the first half and 12 in the second. Goldner scored 14, 10 of which came in the second half and pulled down seven total boards.
Coker’s Henna Koponen led the Cobras with 10 points. With six offensive and one defensive board, Jessica Hayes led the team with seven rebounds.