|November 10, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Middle Georgia State
#23 Cumberland Univ.
|Stats at a Glance||MGA||CU-W|
|FG Percentage||.292 (19-65)||.429 (24-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.222 (4-18)||.294 (5-17)|
|FT Percentage||.870 (20-23)||.533 (16-30)|
Murphey - 3
LEBANON, Tenn. – Nicole Bowers recorded 20 points and 15 rebounds, Taliah Moore added 13 points and Janisha Lindsey handed out 10 assists in 23rd-ranked Cumberland’s 69-62 victory Middle Georgia State in women’s basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Phoenix (3-0) built a 15-point lead at the end of three quarters and then held off the Knights (2-2), who put together a 14-3 run to start the final period. Tasicianna Taylor’s two foul shots with 1:44 remaining pulled Middle Georgia within three, but Bowers answered on the other end with a putback and a free throw and Cumberland hit 5-of-6 at the foul line over the next minute to put the game away.
Fox’s third 3-pointer of the first half helped CU lead 39-30 at the half and the home team pushed the advantage 15 thanks to 2-of-16 shooting in the third period by the Knights. Kerby Walker’s layup and a 3-pointer from Breanna Bryant were the only baskets for MGA while Bowers and Moore each netted four points.
Kerrice Watson’s layup late in the period along with a 3-pointer by Corneisha Henderson and then Terra Pryor’s layup just before the buzzer made it 54-39 heading to the final 10 minutes.
Middle Georgia slashed its way back into the game and was helped by some sloppiness from the Phoenix, who committed 11 turnovers in the second half. Cumberland also went ice cold in the final period, hitting just 3-of-15 shots, opening the door for the visitors.
Two baskets by Kianna Delas, who led the Knights with 15 points, and a pair of free throws from Tyasia Grayer and Shaketa Hodges cut the CU advantage to 57-51 midway through the quarter. Taylor followed with a putback, making it 57-53, but freshman Katherine Griffith was fouled and hit two free throws for Cumberland.
Griffith also converted a layup for the Phoenix and finished with eight points in 11 minutes, but Taylor made one foul shot and another bucket before a missed 3-pointer by Fox and then a turnover. Taylor’s two free throws with 1:44 to play cut the deficit to three, the closest the Knights had been since the 7:14 mark of the second period.
Bowers’ putback plus the foul seemed to stem the tide back in favor of the Phoenix and Moore deflected a pass on the defensive end for a Knights turnover. Lindsey and Moore each hit two free throws and Fox added one, increasing the lead to 69-61.
Middle Georgia had one more turnover in the final minute and Lindsey nearly dribbled out the clock before being fouled with 13.0 seconds remaining.
Lindsey finished with four points, six rebounds and the 10 assists along with just one turnover in 30 minutes. Fox netted 10 points and Bowers posted her third double-double in three games this season.
Taylor collected 14 points and Hodges recorded 12 point and seven rebounds. Grayer added eight points and a team-best nine boards for the Knights.
Fox started the contest with a 3-pointer from the corner and Bowers scored the next four points before a nice baseline jumper by Moore made it 9-5 for the Phoenix. Delas and Grayer netted the first 11 points for Middle Georgia, but baskets by Bowers and Moore and a nice drive to the hoop for a layup from Henderson kept CU in the lead in the opening quarter.
Kahler Fletcher’s layup and a 3-pointer from Hodges gave the Knights a 23-21 edge early in the second period, but the Phoenix answered with a 12-0 spurt, starting with a Fox 3-pointer from the wing.
Jailen Murphy added a triple before layups from Bowers and Moore forced a timeout by MGA. Bowers scored again for a 33-23 CU advantage, but Walker’s putback ended the run and an almost four-minute scoring drought for the Knights.
Hodges’ nice drive for a bucket and one free throw from Grayer cut the lead to five, but Cumberland scored six of the final eight points of the half, starting with two foul shots by Griffith, who also had a fast break layup. Fox nailed a deep three just before the buzzer, her third of the half, giving CU a 39-30 advantage at intermission.
Bowers led all scorers with 11 points and Fox added nine for the Phoenix, while Delas posted nine points to pace the Knights.
Cumberland plays again Saturday at Bryan College at 1 p.m. Central Time and travels to No. 21 Talladega College on Monday before returning home next Wednesday to face Fisk University.