Kennedy Weigt scored 18 points on the night but the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team dropped a 63-57 on the second night of a back-to-backer on Thursday. Weigt hit a pair of 3-pointers to give her 194 on her career as she marches toward 200.
Coker ran out to an early 15-5 lead but the Bears answered with a 20-6 run and took a 25-21 advantage. The Cobras answered with six straight points before Kennedy Weigt scored in the final seconds to draw the teams even at 27.
Weigt ended the first half with a game-high 11 points and Emily Harman had seven first-half boards. The Bears were held to 28.6 percent shooting and limited Coker to 31.3 shooting.
The Bears struggled in the third quarter and managed just eight points in the frame. The Cobras scored 17 in the period and took a 44-35 lead into the fourth. After an Alyssa Wagner jumper gave Lenoir-Rhyne a 35-34 advantage in the middle of the third quarter, the Cobras outscored LR 29-22 down the stretch.
The Bears followed up an eight-point third quarter with a 22 point fourth quarter. LR shot 50 percent from the field and went 3-of-5 from long range. However Coker went 14-for-21 in the second half, shooting 66.7 percent
Weigt hit a pair of 3-pointers on the night and now has hit at least one three in 73 career games. Nakia Hooks finished with eight points and 12 rebounds, just missing her second career double-double. Harman added 10 points for LR and has 11 games with at least 10 points in her freshman season. Freedom High grad Blaikley Crooks had 11 points, one short of her career-high.
Thursday’s game was the first time Lenoir-Rhyne has played games in consecutive days since November 8-9, 2019. The Bears have now dropped six of their last seven games. Lenoir-Rhyne had won seven straight against Coker in the head-to-head matchup.
The Bears fall to 4-13 overall and 4-12 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will have their home finale on Monday night at 5:30 against Newberry.