November 06, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Cumberland University147181655
Tennessee Tech1923202688
Stats at a GlanceCUTTU
FG Percentage.370 (17-46) .478 (32-67)
3P FG Percentage.308 (4-13) .429 (9-21)
FT Percentage.773 (17-22) .682 (15-22)
Offensive Rebounds918
Defensive Rebounds1923
Total Rebounds2841
Bench Points2839
PointsBurns - 15
ReboundsMiller - 7
AssistsWatson - 4
StealsCodner-Pinto - 2
BlocksMiller - 2
St. Louis - 2
Tech spurt sends Phoenix women to exhibition loss
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Tech spurt sends Phoenix women to exhibition loss
Devon Burns posted 15 points with three 3-pointers Tuesday night at Tennessee Tech. (Credit Thomas Corhern, Tennessee Tech Sports Information)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman Devon Burns netted 15 points with three 3-pointers and Dominique St. Louis added 10 points, but Tennessee Tech outscored Cumberland, 23-7, in the second quarter and never looked back in an 88-55 victory over the Phoenix in women’s basketball action Tuesday night in Cookeville, Tenn.

The contest counted as an exhibition for the Phoenix and was the first regular season game of the year for the Golden Eagles.

Cumberland shot just 37 percent from the field in the contest and committed 23 turnovers, which the Golden Eagles turned into 28 points. Lacy Cantrell led TTU with 19 points off the bench, one of six players in double figures for the home team.

Tennessee Tech started the game with an 11-3 run over the first four minutes, with Anacia Wilkinson scoring six straight points before a 3-pointer by Jordan Brock.

Kerrice Watson’s old-fashioned 3-point play ended the spurt and baskets by Jemilah Leonard, St. Louis and Katherine Griffith kept the deficit at five. Two free throws from Griffith in the final minute made it 19-14 Eagles Golden after one period.

Burns nailed a 3-pointer to start the second quarter for CU, but the Phoenix made just 1-of-11 with nine turnovers the rest of the period. Akia Harris netted seven straight points in the middle of the period, but another three-point play from Watson cut the TTU lead to 30-20 with 5:12 left before halftime.

Tech outscored the Phoenix, 12-1, the rest of the period, including five points from Cantrell and a 3-pointer by Kesha Brady in the final minute. Cantrell posted 10 points and Harris added nine for the Golden Eagles, who led 42-21 at the break. Watson led the Phoenix with 10 points and Burns and Griffith collected four apiece.

St. Louis netted a pair of layups and Carli Codner-Pinto added a basket in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Watson made two free throws and Leonard hit a jumper, keeping the deficit at 51-31.

Megan Clark’s 3-pointer and two straight baskets by Wilkinson were part of an 8-0 run by TTU, but the Phoenix answered with eight straight of their own, including two free throws by Griffith and three from St. Louis before a triple by Burns in the final minute of the period, but Brock made her own 3-pointer before the buzzer for a 62-39 Tech lead after 30 minutes.

Burns posted a layup and two foul shots to start the fourth quarter for CU and Codner-Pinto made her only 3-point attempt of the game before a layup from De’Naizha Elder. Burns connected on her third triple of the game midway through the period and Griffith recorded a layup and made 1-of-2 foul shots as well.

Griffith finished with nine points and Watson added eight while Britany Miller grabbed a team-best seven rebounds for the Phoenix.

Brock collected 14 points for TTU and Harris and Clark each netted 11. Kentoria Alexander scored 10 points with 10 rebounds and Wilkinson recorded 10 points as well. Abby Buckner added nine boards for the Golden Eagles.

Cumberland hosts Oakwood University this Thursday at 6 p.m. in its regular season opener.