The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (16-4, 11-4) moved into a first-place tie in the South Atlantic Conference standings after taking down Coker (10-9, 8-7), 69-60, Wednesday evening at Timberlake-Lawton Gymnasium.



Junior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) led all scorers with 19 points for the Bears, who won their fifth straight game and are 11-1 in their last 12 contests.


Lenoir-Rhyne, which is tied with Wingate for first place in the conference, also received 12 points from senior guard Brittany Christian (Raleigh, N.C.).


Kelley Godbout (Matthews, N.C.) was one of three players to score in double figures for the Cobras, finishing with a team-high 13 points despite the loss.


Christian scored 10 of her 12 points before intermission as Lenoir-Rhyne held a 30-28 advantage at the break.


With the score tied at 30 early in the second half, Lenoir-Rhyne took control with a 10-0 run capped off by a lay-up from Gust and the Bears remained in the lead until the final horn.


Priscilla Fenty (Hollywood, Fla.) added 12 points for Coker, who couldn't get within three points the rest of the way. The Cobras also connected on just six-of-22 three-point attempts in the game.


The Bears made 20-of-25 free throw attempts in the second half as well and held a 45-38 advantage on the boards.


Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday afternoon in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 2:00 p.m. Coker remains at home to take on Mars Hill on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., as well.



L-R Men Remain Unbeaten At Home



The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (11-8, 10-5) continued its late-season surge with a 67-58 triumph over Coker (10-9, 7-8) Wednesday night at Timberlake-Lawton Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.


L-R senior guard Allan Jones (Clemmons, N.C.) came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points while sophomore forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added 16 points as the Bears won their fourth straight game.


Coker lost its second straight contest despite a game-high 30 points from Julian Nelson (Irmo, S.C.).


Lenoir-Rhyne took the lead for good on a jump shot by Noyes for a 42-41 advantage with 11:29 remaining in the second half. L-R then used an 8-0 run to increase its lead to 52-43 with 7:41 left in the contest and stayed ahead by at least five points the rest of the way.


Lenoir-Rhyne held a 42-29 edge in rebounding while limiting Coker to just seven-of-33 shooting (21 percent) from behind the three-point line. This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.


Senior guard Jarvis Perry (Willingboro, N.J.) also scored in double figures for the Bears, totaling 11 points on the night. L-R shot 54 percent (27-of-50) from the floor as well in picking up its second league road win of the year.


In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn., while Coker entertains Mars Hill at home.



Photo Courtesy: Jenni Gust, L-R Athletics