BANNER ELK, N.C. – Jasmine Alston (Sumter, S.C.) scored a career high 47 points as the Coker women’s basketball team closed out their season with a 90-86 overtime win against Lees-McRae College. The Conference Carolinas victory is the Cobras second in as many days with the women picking up a 71-55 win over Converse on Friday.
In addition to her 47 points, Alston also had 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Twenty-two of Alston’s points came from the charity stripe. Ashley Thompson (Columbia, S.C.) also had a double-double in the game with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Megan Thomas (Cresskill, N.J.) finished out her collegiate career with a 14 point performance.
The game opened with an 8-0 run by the Bobcats, putting Coker in an early hole, but a 10-2 Coker streak evened things at 10 apiece and made it apparent that neither team was going down without a fight. The first half remained a back and forth battle with Lees-McRae taking a 43-40 lead into the break.
Much like the first half, the second half was back and forth. The Bobcats held a seven point lead with 14:46 left, but Coker bounced back to take as much as a six point lead with just a minute left in regulation. A pair of Janina Thurau three-pointers in the last minute including one with just a second left on the clock, were the difference makers for the Bobcats as they sent the game into overtime.
The overtime period saw much of the same as neither team managed much of a lead, but in the end it was Coker that secured the four point win thanks to two Alston free throws with two seconds left.
Four Bobcats scored in double figures with Kasey Haynes leading the way with 21 points. Thurau finished with 12 points and Icey Patterson and Zukye Smith each had 11.
In their first season under Head Coach Jenny Finora the Cobras finished with a record of 5-21 overall and 5-15 in Conference Carolinas play. They missed having a chance for the last spot in the conference tournament by just one win. The future looks very bright for the Coker women as they begin to prepare for next season.