ELON, N.C. – Shay Burnett recorded 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists Monday night, Nov. 27, to earn the first triple-double in school history in Elon University women’s basketball’s 106-54 victory over Coker in Alumni Gym.
“I want to give a shoutout to my teammates, first and foremost, for wanting this as much as I did,” Burnett said of the accomplishment after the game. “I’ve been close a couple times, but they really finished tonight and helped me get over the hill. I’m just shocked and speechless, I’ve been trying to get it and it’s a hard thing to get so I thank my teammates and coaches for helping me reach a goal I’ve set and been trying to reach since Day 1.”
Bouncing back from its first loss of the season just 48 hours prior to Iowa, Elon now stands at 6-1 on the season. With the game technically an exhibition for the Cobras, Coker’s marks stands at 2-3 on the season.
Coker opened the night with seven quick points to lead 7-2 less than two minutes in. After keeping its five-point lead at 9-4, the Cobra lead was short lived with Elon going on a 22-0 run and ultimately closed the final 7:30 on a 24-2 run to take a 28-11 lead to the second. Malaya Johnson scored each of Elon’s first seven points of the night before a Burnett layup tied the game at 9-9.
Though Elon tried to keep pushing its lead further in the second quarter, Coker hung with the Phoenix by draining four three-pointers in the frame. After starting the game 1-for-5 from three-point range, it missed three more attempts to start the second quarter before knocking down four in a row over a span of 3:14 of game action. That held Elon to just a four-point margin at 27-23 for the quarter, but the Phoenix owned a 55-34 lead at the break.
Elon’s defense out of the locker room clamped down on the Cobras throughout the second half, only allowing two more three-pointer in the final 20 minutes while holding Coker to just 20 points overall. On the offensive end, Elon added 27 more points while picking up 24 more in the fourth to score at least 20 points in all four quarter for the second time this season.
Elon finished with six players in double figures for the second time this season. While Burnett had the outstanding 10-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist night, Johnson had a game-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with seven rebounds and a season-best three blocks. Meme Garner and Ra’Shika White both had 16 points. Garner’s 16 marks a career-high for the Charlotte transfer. White also pulled down eight rebounds. Jaylin Powell reached double figures for the second time in her career with 13 points and Ariel Colon notched a season-best 12 with five rebounds.
Shay Jackson paced Coker with 12 points while Sydney Shull had 10 on 4-of-5 from the floor. With only 18 rebounds in the game, Taiylar DeMoss led the team with three.
-Elon’s 106 points is the second-most in program history behind the 111 points against Averett back on Dec. 1, 1999. It is also the most of the Charlotte Smith era, passing the 105 against Virginia Intermont back on Nov. 18, 2011, in the second game of her tenure.
-The Phoenix outrebounded Coker 50-18. It’s the second time this season Elon has held its opponent under 20 rebounds in a game after outrebounding Winthrop in the season opener 62-19.
-Monday’s game marked the third in four days for the Phoenix after competing in the Puerto Rico Clasico on Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25. It’s also the fourth game in six days for Elon after playing UCF in Orlando last Wednesday, Nov. 22. Elon is 3-1 during the stretch.
In its first of five December games, Elon will head to Winston-Salem, N.C., on Sunday, Dec. 2, for a 12 p.m. tip inside LJVM Coliseum. The game marks the first of a three-game road trip against the Demon Deacons, Davidson and NC State. Elon holds a 14-3 lead in the all-time series against Wake Forest, but lost last year’s meeting in Alumni Gym 78-68. Wake Forest fell 69-66 to Elon’s fellow CAA member Hofstra last time out on Sunday, Nov. 26, in Las Vegas.