Wingate Basketball Teams Continue Winning Ways With Dual Road Wins at Coker

Sports Editor: Michael Wayne O’Neill

The Wingate men’s and women’s basketball teams kept their winning
streaks and postseason hopes alive Wednesday night (Feb. 1) with South
Atlantic Conference road victories over Coker in Hartsville, S.C. The
women’s team defeated the Cobras by 20 points, 66-46, and the men’s
team won 79-73.

The Wingate women, 15-6 overall, have won four straight games and are
now 8-4 in SAC standings. They shot 21-of-58 from the floor and made
two of four three-point attempts.

Senior Bryanna Troutman (24 points, 10 rebounds) led the charge for the
Bulldogs, making 35 percent (7-of-20) of her field goal attempts and all
10 free throws. Other Bulldogs with double-digit scoring performances
included senior guard Hannah Clark (12 points), freshman guard Emily
Hege (12) and junior guard Lauren Sullivan (11).

After Wingate trailed Coker, 16-11, in the first quarter, the Bulldogs
went on an 18-3 run in the second quarter to lead 29-11 at halftime and
never looked back. Three-pointers from Sullivan, Clark and Hege helped
the Bulldogs go on a 10-3 run down the stretch.

Coker was led by freshman guard Abigail Keesling’s nine points.

Men’s fourth place in SAC standings

The men’s team improved to 14-7 overall and 9-3 in SAC play with the
six-point victory. Wingate shot 53 percent from the field was 10-of-21
from three-point range.

Senior guard Jarren Cottingham was the star of the show with 18 points,
six rebounds and two assists. Senior guard Andreas Wilson and
sophomore forward Josh Massey followed suit with 16 points each.
After a series of second-half lead changes, Wilson made two key layups
in the last three minutes and a three-pointer with 39 seconds left.

Up next for the Wingate teams are home games against SAC rival
Lincoln Memorial on Saturday (Feb. 4). Lincoln Memorial’s men’s team
is 21-2 overall, while the women are 13-8.

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