Charleston women falter late in home loss to Elon

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Erin Hall scored 20 in the Cougars’ loss Sunday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.)

After a loss on Friday night at Towson, the College of Charleston women’s basketball team dropped a 75-71 decision to Elon on Sunday at TD Arena.

Despite building a double-digit lead in the first half, Charleston faltered against the Phoenix in a close game late.

Elon built a small lead in the game’s opening minutes game as part of a 7-2 run, but the Cougars began chipping away, responding with a barrage of three-pointers during a 14-4 run.

The Cougars went into halftime leading 39-36.

The second half was a back and forth affair. Senior Erin Hall halted Elon’s second half run with a series of threes to help Charleston regain the lead. The Cougars, however, showed an inability to finish off the Phoenix in the game’s closing minutes, with their offense stagnant. A multitude of turnovers helped Elon gain an advantage, as they took the lead with just over a minute remaining.

With the Phoenix holding a one-point lead with just under 30 seconds left in the game, Christy Hewatt committed a crucial turnover, as her errant pass was picked off by Elon’s Jennifer Rhodes. Elon sealed the victory at the free throw line.

Sophomore Breanna Bolden finished with a game-high tying 21 points and nine rebounds, while Hall notched 20 points including four triples. Freshman guard Shiclasia Brown added eight assists.

The Cougars will look to rebound on Friday when they face Hofstra at TD Arena.

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