CHARLESTON, S.C. - Led by 16 points and 12 rebounds from junior Afreyea Tolbert, the College of Charleston women's basketball team played everyone eligible on their roster and had 42 bench points in a 69-60 senior night victory over Wofford on Monday at TD Arena.
Junior point guard Jillian Brown recorded seven assists as she set the new CofC DI single-season record for assists. Brown now has 171 for the season, which breaks the previous record of 170, set in the 2009-10 season by Toni Gerty.
The Cougars (13-14, 9-9) opened the game on a 13-2 run and were up 13-4 at the second media timeout with 11:46 to play in the first half. Wofford (7-19, 2-16) cut the Cougars lead to five, but CofC did not let them get any closer and immediately answered with a 6-0 run with buckets by Alyssa Frye, Hopkins and Harris.
The Cougars would continue to keep up the pressure and intensity and went into halftime up 35-22.
Sparked by six points from Tolbert the Cougars opened the second half on a 12-5 run to claim their largest lead of the game at 47-28 with 15:30 to play.
The Cougars would maintain the 19 point lead through the first 10 minutes of the second half, but then Wofford used a 14-3 run to cut the Cougars lead to eight at 60-52 with 5:06 left on the clock.
Senior Cathryn Hardy made a pair of free-throws with 2:43 left to give the Cougars a double-digit lead once again at 64-53. After Harris committed her fifth foul on a technical foul, Hopkins made a pair of free-throws to put the Cougars up 66-56 with 2:15 remaining in the game.
Wofford would only make two more field goals the rest of the way and the Cougars made three more free-throws to secure the 69-60 victory.
Prior to the game, the Cougars honored their three seniors, Cathryn Hardy, Latisha Harris and Megan Fischer. Former CofC women's basketball head coach Nancy Wilson, who recruited and coached the seniors was part of the ceremony as well.
Up next the Cougars close out the regular season with a two game road trip, at Western Carolina on Saturday and at Furman a week from tonight.
COFC HEAD COACH NATASHA ADAIR
On the game
"We have been talking all season about our depth and that was big for us tonight. I was proud of Mikaela Hopkins, who came in and stepped up. Afreyea Tolbert, down the stretch of the season has been consistent for us. It was a group effort tonight and that is one thing we talked about. This time of year no one is going to concede, no matter what their conference standing. I was proud of the team's effort tonight and their fight. To send our seniors off with a win and a gritty win. This gives us momentum. We are going to stick together and we fought until the end."
SENIOR CATHRYN HARDY
On emotions of senior night and the game
"I can't believe that tonight was my last game in this arena. Everyone was in a good mood and we had excellent energy starting in warm-ups. I think everyone had our backs tonight. Everyone was focused and had good energy for the entire game. I am so happy we got this win. I had full confidence is our team, even when things got close at the end. I knew we were all going to give 100 percent and fight until the end."