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Tusculum women outgun Coker

January 25th, 2014 6:45 pm by staff reports

Tusculum women outgun Coker

HARTSVILLE, S.C. — Shynese Whitener scored a career-high 23 points in an 80-75 victory over Coker College in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Timberlake-Lawton Gymnasium.

While shooting a season-best 51 percent from the field, the Pioneers (2-14, 2-10) put four players in double figures, reached a season high in points as a team and committed a season-low 12 turnovers to snap a five-game losing streak in their first-ever meeting with the Cobras.

Maelyn Cutshaw and Blakeley Burleson had 15 points apiece and Nequoiah Anderson added 13 for Tusculum, which led by 13 points with five minutes left before surviving a late charge from Coker.

Tanesha Stenson led the Cobras (9-7, 7-5) with 19 points and nine rebounds but fouled out in the final minute. Coker also placed four players in double figures, but shot just 41.5 percent from the field overall and went 11-for-33 from 3-point range in their third loss in four games.

Whitener went 9-for-15 from the field and 4-for-7 from the foul line to surpass her previous high of 22 points set against Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 15. The sophomore guard also had a career-high four steals and shot 9-for-15 from the field in the win over the Cobras.

Burleson scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half, including three 3-pointers to help the Pioneers build a double-figure lead. Cutshaw had 15 points to go along with five rebounds and Anderson had 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the victory.

Kristen McMillion reached double figures in rebounds for the fourth straight game and 10th time this season. The SAC leader grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and scored eight points.

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