Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
|Stats at a Glance||CU||LIND|
|FG Percentage||.375 (21-56)||.387 (24-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.350 (7-20)||.417 (5-12)|
|FT Percentage||.900 (9-10)||.650 (13-20)|
- 19||Chanel Roberts
- 9||Kayla Styles
Terra Pryor - 4
- 3||J'Nayah Hall
- 2||Chanel Roberts
Courtney Sandlin - 1
COLUMBIA, Ky. – Fourth-ranked Lindsey Wilson scored 11 straight points in the final three-plus minutes to break a tie game and hold off 15th-ranked Cumberland, 66-58, in women’s basketball action here Thursday night at the Biggers Sports Center.
Taliah Moore’s two foul shots with 3:53 remaining tied the contest at 55, but the Phoenix (15-7, 4-6 Mid-South) missed four straight field goal attempts and committed a turnover to open the door for the Blue Raiders, who remained undefeated on the year, running their record to 24-0, 10-0 in MSC action.
Chanel Roberts, who led LWC with 18 points, made two free throws at the 3:36 mark for a two-point edge for the home team and Moore missed a driving layup off the glass on the other end. Teanna Curry took the rebound and went coast-to-coast for the layup.
Julia Fox missed a pair of 3-pointers and Jailen Murphy could not connect as well for CU during the final scoring drought. Roberts added a basket and two more foul shots and Billy Hearn’s bucket underneath with 11.4 seconds to play ended the 11-0 spurt.
Nicole Bowers led all scorers with 19 points and added nine rebounds. The senior made a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2.5 seconds to play to end the LWC run, but it was too little, too late for Cumberland.
It marks the fourth loss by eight points or less to a Top 10 team this season for the Phoenix. Fox hit just 2-of-9 from behind the arc and finished with 10 points.
Kayla Styles netted 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Blue Raiders and Curry collected 11 points. Kayla Richardson finished with seven points and six assists for LWC.
Cumberland missed its first eight shots of the game from the field, but the Blue Raiders were just 2-for-10 in the first six minutes as well. Janisha Lindsey’s steal and layup plus the foul was the initial basket of the game for CU with 3:34 left in the first period.
Fox and Murphy each made 3-pointers later in the quarter and the Phoenix led 11-9 at the end of 10 minutes.
Things heated up for both teams in the second period, with Bowers scoring on a putback and Katherine Griffith adding a nice catch and layup for CU. An old-fashioned 3-point play from Styles started an 8-0 run for the Blue Raiders, with Roberts adding a putback before a 3-pointer by Richardson forced a timeout by Cumberland.
The Phoenix weathered the storm, though, with a nice drive and basket by Fox ending the spurt. Richardson hit a short jumper and Roberts netted another field goal to increase the Lindsey Wilson lead to 27-19, but the Blue Raiders did not score over the final 2:43 of the half, missing four shots and committing one turnover.
Cumberland recorded the final seven points of the quarter, starting with a putback by Murphy before Kerrice Watson drilled a 3-pointer from near the top of the key. Fox’s backdoor basket with 25 seconds remaining and a block by the senior on the final shot by Richardson helped CU trail by just a point, 27-26, at intermission.
Fox led the Phoenix with seven points and Roberts paced the Blue Raiders with nine.
The third quarter went back-and-forth early, with Cumberland taking one-point leads on two straight baskets by Moore, who did not score in the first half because of foul trouble. Moore added another field goal before Bowers’ basket knotted the game at 34.
Heidi Huffman nailed a 3-pointer from the corner and Richardson netted a basket on a drive for a five-point Lindsey Wilson advantage, but Murphy’s triple answered for CU and a bucket and two free throws from Bowers squared the game at 41 headed to the final 10 minutes.
Cumberland continues its current three-game road swing next Thursday at 23rd-ranked University of Pikeville, who defeated the Phoenix, 64-61, in Lebanon a month ago.