HARROGATE, Tenn. — Junior Samantha Satterlee 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.
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 Dec. 7 in Hartsville, S.C.
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 the loss. The Junction City, Kan., 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 added 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Aisjah Roan collected eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Freshman Josey Harding pitched in eight points in 15 minutes off the bench, and Haley Nelson contributed seven points and five rebounds.
While senior MaRanda Boddie 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 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 Harding and Satterlee along with a Green layup 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. Nelson got off a game-tying look with 15 seconds left that went wide of the mark, and Satterlee followed up a missed Cobra free throw by lofting another game-tying look as the buzzer sounded that fell just short.
All nine players that appeared in the game for the Cobras registered at least two points, headlined by Stenson’s 12 points. Priscilla Fenty added 10 points, while Jasmine Evans sparked Coker off the bench with nine points and five assists. Cohen contributed eight points and four rebounds in 24 minutes.
The Lady Railsplitters are slated to return to action at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Carson-Newman.