JEFFERSON CITY — The Carson-Newman women’s basketball team took care of business Saturday.
The Lady Eagles never trailed, dispatching visting Coker 74-56 at in a South Atlantic Conference game at Holt Fieldhouse.
Carson-Newman (11-5, 8-2) remains in sole possession of first place in the SAC standings.
“I think the kids really had a good mindset from tip-off,” said Lady Eagles coach Mike Mincey. “I thought our energy, our press was really good early and created some turnovers and we scored the basketball and I think that really set the tone for how the game was played.”
Chante’ Markus led C-N with 15 points. Kaitlyn Cupples added 12 points, also collecting seven rebounds and blocking five shots.
“We’ve had conversations with Kaitlyn about becoming more tough and she really wants to do a good job for us around the basket,” Mincey said. “I thought she really competed hard today, and I’ve talked to her about becoming more of an animal out there.”
The Lady Eagles began the game on a 10-3 run and never looked back, building a first half lead that reached as high as 19 points with 3:22 left before halftime.
Carson-Newman shot 52 percent from the field in the first half, and the Lady Eagles led Coker 43-31 after a strong run by the Cobras to end the half.
Coker (8-6, 6-4) got within 10 points of the Lady Eagles midway through the second half. Carson-Newman put the game on ice with a 13-6 run that put them ahead 68-49 with 8:46 remaining.
The Cobras are the second conference opponent Carson-Newman has swept this season. The Lady Eagles have also beaten Mars Hill twice. Coker was led by Jessica Cohen's 14 points. Kelley Godbout added 11..