HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Pfeiffer University received a game-high 21 points from freshman Celeste Caudill on 7-of-9 shooting from behind the arc as the Lady Falcons defeated Coker College 101-76 in Conference Carolinas women’s basketball action on Wednesday night. Pfeiffer crossed the century mark for the second time this season as they improve to 13-13 overall, 13-8 inside league play. The Lady Cobras dip their record to 3-23, 2-19.
Coker held the early advantage as Henna Koponen scored four-straight points for the Lady Cobras giving them a slim 9-7 lead three minutes into Wednesday night’s contest. Christina Harvey started a quick 6-0 run for the Lady Falcons as Kellie Rhoney’s triple put the visitors up 15-11 just over two minutes later. From that point on, Pfeiffer would hold the lead for the remaining of the night.
Shelley Reese went on to hit two of the Lady Falcons 14 three-pointers sending Pfeiffer to a dozen point lead just before the halfway mark of the first. A Megan Thomas steal and layup brought Coker to within eight, but another 10-2 run by the Lady Falcons, capped off by another Reese three, put Pfeiffer up 16 with 8:37 until the break. Caudill then hit on four of her nine triples to end the half with a 52-40 lead in favor of Pfeiffer.
Three minutes into the second half, Coker had sliced the Pfeiffer lead down to seven on another field goal made by Thomas. Again, a 14-2 run by the Lady Falcons separated the two teams on the scoreboard thanks to two more Caudill triples.
Reese, scoring 18 behind Caudill’s 21, hit on another jumper with 8:01 to play putting Pfeiffer up 20, 76-56. Caudill made it a 25-point lead with yet another three at the 5:50 point of the second before bumping it to 28 with her final long-range shot with 4:33 remaining. Reese pushed the Lady Falcons onto the 100-point plateau scoring five of the last six points as time expired.
Trailing Caudill and Reese in the scoring department for the Lady Falcons was Harvey who finished with 15 while Charlotte Fuller, Jamila Harris and Domonique China each contributed with 10. The Lady Cobras were paced by Kopenen’s 20 and Heidi Rienstra’s 11.
Both teams will wrap up the 2009-2010 Conference Carolinas schedule on the road this Saturday, February 27th. Coker travels to Barton while Pfeiffer heads to Anderson. Both games tip at 5:30 p.m.