November 16, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Fisk University1614181765
#23 Cumberland Univ.2023201679
Stats at a GlanceFISK-WCU-W
FG Percentage.400 (18-45) .558 (29-52)
3P FG Percentage.350 (7-20) .267 (4-15)
FT Percentage.733 (22-30) .607 (17-28)
Offensive Rebounds613
Defensive Rebounds1625
Total Rebounds2238
Turnovers1617
Steals65
Bench Points1329
LeadersFISK-WCU-W
PointsBrown - 21
Bowers - 19
ReboundsGray - 6
Bowers - 14
AssistsBrown - 6
Lindsey - 4
StealsWhitlock - 2
Henderson - 2
BlocksWhitlock - 1
Moore - 1
Murphy - 1
Pryor - 1
Griffith - 1
Murphy, Bowers lead women's hoops over Fisk
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Murphy, Bowers lead women's hoops over Fisk
Jailen Murphy hit a pair of 3-pointers and netted 15 points in CU's 79-65 win Wednesday over Fisk. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Nicole Bowers posted her sixth double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds and Jailen Murphy hit a pair of 3-pointers and netted 15 points in Cumberland’s 79-65 victory over Fisk University in women’s basketball action here Wednesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Phoenix used a 16-2 run at the end of the first half to take control of the game and a 13-5 spurt near the end of the third quarter put the home team ahead, 61-45. Terra Pryor and Julia Fox combined for nine points during the second-quarter stretch and Bowers scored nine points in the third period run.

Bowers is averaging 18.7 points and 16.5 rebounds through six games this season, registering a double-double in each contest for the Phoenix (6-0). The senior hit 8-of-13 shots and all three free throw attempts for her 19 points.

Murphy started quickly with five points in the first five minute and 10 in the first half, including her pair of 3-pointers. The redshirt junior finished 5-of-6 from the field, 2-for-3 from behind the arc and 3-of-4 at the foul line to go with five rebounds in 23 minutes.

Lashae Brown paced all scorers with 21 points, including 14-of-15 at the foul line, where Fisk (0-4) connected on 22-of-30 attempts. Brown also handed out six assists for the visitors. Khadijah Alexander made four 3-pointers and netted 19 points and Jada Jones collected 13 for the Bulldogs.

Murphy netted five points during a 10-0 run for the Phoenix to start the game, including a 3-pointer, and added another triple for a 13-4 CU advantage midway through the opening period. Jones made four free throws and Alexander and Nia Gray both connected on 3-pointers to get Fisk back into the contest at 19-14.

Brown and Alexander each made trifectas at the beginning of the second quarter, Alexander’s knotting the game at 26, and two foul shots for Brown gave the Bulldogs a 28-27 advantage with 6:19 left before the half. Cumberland put together a 16-2 run to finish the period, starting with a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Fox.

Pryor’s finish off a nice pass from Fox and then a putback by Pryor as well as a steal by Janisha Lindsey and a layup from Fox on the other end extended the CU edge to 38-30. Corneisha Henderson’s fast break layup and the foul put the Phoenix ahead, 43-30, at the break.

Murphy led all scorers with 10 points and Bowers added eight for CU, while Brown posted nine points for Fisk and Jones and Alexander had eight apiece in the half. Cumberland turned eight Fisk miscues into 12 points, but after scoring 15 points in the first six minutes, the home team netted just 11 over the next nine minutes.

Fisk began the second half with an 8-2 run, including two layups and a free throw by Brown, pulling within 45-38, but that’s as close as the Bulldogs would get the rest of the contest.

Cydney Goodrum hit a 3-pointer for the Phoenix and Bowers and Taliah Moore scored every point during the 13-5 stretch the second half of the period, essentially putting the game away.

Cumberland plays its fifth game in nine days on Saturday at Division II Kentucky Wesleyan at 1 p.m. and hosts Hiwassee College next Monday at 1 p.m.