October 30, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Oakwood University58141441
Cumberland University1926211379
Stats at a GlanceOAK-WCU-W
FG Percentage.208 (11-53) .393 (33-84)
3P FG Percentage.214 (3-14) .250 (7-28)
FT Percentage.640 (16-25) .600 (6-10)
Offensive Rebounds1724
Defensive Rebounds2931
Total Rebounds4655
Turnovers3316
Steals621
Bench Points2643
LeadersOAK-WCU-W
PointsBrown - 12
Norris - 12
ReboundsDouglas - 10
TEAM - 8
AssistsBrown - 4
Codney-Pinto - 5
StealsGrizzard - 2
Norris - 5
BlocksBrown - 2
Patton - 1
Early rush propels CU to season-opening win
Monday, October 30, 2017
Early rush propels CU to season-opening win
Kyra Tucker recorded 10 points and five rebounds in her Phoenix debut in a 79-41 win over Oakwood on Monday. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Micah Norris netted 12 points, Kaitlin Oliver posted 11 points and Kyra Tucker added 10, as 22nd-ranked Cumberland jumped to a 45-13 halftime lead and never looked back in a season-opening 79-41 victory against Oakwood University in women’s basketball action Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Phoenix scored 15 of the final 17 points in the first quarter, including three straight layups from Oliver as well as a 3-pointer and a layup by Jailen Murphy. Norris and Tucker combined for 12-of-14 points in the first six minutes of the second period with a pair of triples by Norris, extending the lead to 37-11.

Triples from Corneisha Henderson and Carli Codner-Pinto and a final jumper by Tucker put Cumberland ahead, 45-13, at the half. Norris netted 10 points in the first 20 minutes while Oliver recorded nine and Tucker registered eight points and five rebounds. CU limited the Ambassadors to just 15 percent (4-of-27) shooting from the field, forcing 14 turnovers by the visitors.

Kerrice Watson and Codner-Pinto netted 3-pointers in the third quarter, pushing the advantage to a game-high 44 points. CU shot just 26 percent in the fourth period, with Oakwood outscoring the home team, 14-13.

Cumberland finished the contest with 40 points off 33 Oakwood turnovers and outscored the Ambassadors, 46-12, in the paint.

Cumberland hosts Martin Methodist on Friday at 6 p.m. The RedHawks played in last year’s NAIA National Tournament and were just outside the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Top 25 Poll last week.