Shea Coker joins 1,000 point club in the LMU women’s 75-59 win over Coker

HARROGATE, Tenn. – Reigning South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week Qua Hines helped spark a 15-4 third quarter run and led all scorers with a career-high 24 points as the LMU women’s basketball team held of a very athletic Coker team 75-59 Saturday afternoon.

In addition to Hines’ 24 points, she also had a team high six rebounds and four assists. Rachel Griffith also tied her own career high with 15 points while Shea Coker made history by becoming the 19th Lady Railsplitter to reach 1,000 points in their career with her tenth and final point of the game.

Coker (6-7, 3-4 SAC) actually bested LMU (9-5, 5-3 SAC) in shooting from the field, hitting 39.3 percent (22-56) of their shots to LMU’s 35.9 percent (23-64). But the Blue and Gray hit seven three-pointers to two from the Cobras and owned the boards by a 46-37 margin in rebounding to grab the win.

Caitland Considine had 12 points to lead the Cobras in scoring, closely followed by Janea Williams’ 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds and eight blocks.

The Cobras got on the board first with the short driving jumper by Considine a little over a minute into the game. Hines then hit a three-pointer to give LMU the lead and spark a 13-4 run over the next two and a half minutes. Coker then rolled off five straight points to cut the lead to 13-11 with 3:42 remaining in the period. A pair of baskets by Emily Griffith put the lead back at six before Considine scored a pair of baskets herself to cut the lead to 17-15 at the end of the quarter.

Coker cut the lead to 18-17 a couple of minutes into the second quarter before LMU extended the lead back to six with baskets from Coker and Rachel Griffith. The Cobras would cut the lead back to two on several occasions over the next four minutes, but each time LMU answered back with a score of their own. Rachel Griffith hit a three pointer and two free throws in the last two minutes to put LMU ahead by seven, and a pair of Dasia Maxwell free throws gave the Lady Railsplitters the 37-29 lead at the half.

Over the last few games the third quarter has been dominated by the Lady Railsplitters both offensively and defensively, and that trend continued in this game as they not only outscored Coker by a 24-13 margin over the stanza, but held them to 31.6 percent shooting while hitting in the mid-40s themselves. Rachel Griffith started things off with a basket and a three-pointer while Hines scored 10 of her 24 points in the quarter as LMU extended the lead from six points to 21 over the quarter.

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they were never able to get the scoring margin closer than eleven points as LMU held on for the 75-59 win.

Quick Hits
– LMU evens up the all-time series at 5-5 and also evens up the series in the Turner Arena at 3-3.

Shea Coker is the 19th women’s player in LMU women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000 point plateau and the second to do it in the Krystal Evans era. The other one was Megan Pittman last year.

– For the second game in a row, LMU was out-shot percentage-wise but won the game.

– The eight blocks by Coker’s Janea Williams are the most by any women’s player, LMU or opponent, in the 26 year history of Tex Turner Arena.

– This game marked the fourth straight game that LMU out-scored their opponents in the third quarter, they have now out-scored the competition by a 91-47 margin over those four games combined.

Up Next
The Lady Railsplitters will have a week off to begin classes for the spring semester before travelling to face the Queens Royals next Saturday in SAC action. The Royals are currently 4-9 overall and picked up their first SAC win (they are now 1-6) earlier today with their 65-62 win over Mars Hill. They play at Newberry on Wednesday.

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