Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
|Stats at a Glance||CU||LIND|
|FG Percentage||.375 (21-56)||.489 (23-47)|
|3P FG Percentage||.105 (2-19)||.364 (4-11)|
|FT Percentage||.538 (7-13)||.708 (17-24)|
- 17||Kayla Styles
Janisha Lindsey - 3
Nia Flowers - 3
Reagan Turner - 2
Kayla Styles - 2
- 4||Kayla Styles
- 1||Kayla Styles
COLUMBIA, Ky. – Cumberland shot just 31 percent in the second half, unable to put together a full 40 minutes, and Kayla Styles netted 26 points for 12th-ranked Lindsey Wilson, as the Blue Raiders broke open a close game and posted a 67-51 victory over the Phoenix in women’s basketball action here Saturday at the Biggers Sports Center.
Cumberland (11-5, 0-1 Mid-South) lost for the first time since November 25, ending an eight-game winning streak. The Phoenix trailed just 31-27 at the half thanks to a strong second period that included a 14-6 run for CU.
Lindsey Wilson (13-2, 1-0) led by five at the four-minute mark of the third quarter before two free throws by Reagan Turner, one foul shot from Styles and then a basket by Styles pushed the LWC advantage to 44-34.
Styles netted the Blue Raiders’ first three points of the final period and added a 3-pointer at the 6:26 mark, a dagger that increased the LWC lead to 57-42. Turner’s triple, a basket by Styles and one free throw for Teanna Curry made it an 18-point game with less than three minutes remaining.
Cumberland made just 9-of-29 shots from the field in the second half and committed seven turnovers. The Phoenix also hit only 2-of-19 from 3-point range in the contest, including 0-for-9 in the second half.
Curry posted 16 points and Turner netted 15 for the Blue Raiders, who connected on 17-of-24 free throws.
Kyra Tucker led Cumberland with 17 points, all in the first three quarters, though she made only 1-of-6 from behind the arc. She was the only CU player in double figures.
The Phoenix started slowly and were unable to stop LWC’s Curry from getting to the rim in the first four minutes of the contest, with the junior scoring the first four baskets for the Blue Raiders, all on layups.
After a backdoor layup from Tucker knotted the game at six, Lindsey Wilson netted the next nine points, as Cumberland did not score for exactly five minutes. Devin Cheatum’s 3-pointer from the right corner as well as two free throws and then a basket by Styles put the home team ahead, 15-6.
The Phoenix trailed 19-10 at the end of 10 minutes thanks to 5-for-15 shooting from the field, including at least three misses around the basket. The defensive effort and offensive execution improved dramatically in the second period for CU, with a field goal by Kaitlin Oliver and two straight layups from Kerrice Watson cutting the deficit to four.
Styles answered with a triple for the Blue Raiders, but Tucker made one of her own after an offensive rebound from freshman Kaitlyn Norman kept the play alive. The teams exchanged trifectas again and Tucker’s bucket underneath trimmed the LWC lead to 25-24 with 4:13 left in the half.
Jailen Murphy’s layup made it a one-point game again later in the quarter but a 15-footer from Styles put Lindsey Wilson ahead, 31-27, at intermission. Styles and Curry combined for 22 of LWC’s 31 points while Cumberland shot 7-for-12 from the field in the second period and Tucker paced the club with nine points.
Cumberland travels to the University of Pikeville on Thursday and fourth-ranked Shawnee State next Saturday to finish a three-game road swing to open Mid-South Conference action.