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Cumberland (Tenn.)127161247
Martin Methodist College2326181986
Stats at a GlanceCUMMC
FG Percentage.341 (15-44) .453 (29-64)
3P FG Percentage.375 (6-16) .500 (7-14)
FT Percentage.611 (11-18) .875 (21-24)
Offensive Rebounds717
Defensive Rebounds1924
Total Rebounds2641
Turnovers2614
Steals717
Bench Points2442
LeadersCUMMC
PointsKatherine Griffith - 9
Marcia Reed - 15
ReboundsDominique St. Louis - 6
Marcia Reed - 10
AssistsCarli Codner-Pinto - 2
Destiney Williams - 3
Brooklyn Blanchard - 3
StealsKerrice Watson - 2
Dominique St. Louis - 2
Taylor McNairy - 4
BlocksBrittany Miller - 2
Lacey Reed - 3
Marcia Reed - 3
First-half miscues send Phoenix women to loss
Sunday, December 9, 2018
First-half miscues send Phoenix women to loss
Katherine Griffith led the Phoenix with nine points in a loss Saturday at Martin Methodist. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland committed 17 first-half turnovers, falling behind early, and shot just 34 percent overall from the field in an 86-47 loss Saturday to Martin Methodist in women’s basketball action in Pulaski, Tenn.

The RedHawks (7-4) scored 13 consecutive points in the first quarter to control of the contest. Cumberland (2-7) then made just 3-of-11 shots in the second period, falling behind, 49-19, at intermission. Martin Methodist netted 22 points off the 17 first-half turnovers by the Phoenix.

Katherine Griffith led Cumberland with nine points off the bench while Kerrice Watson added eight points and Dominique St. Louis, De’Naizha Elder and Jemilah Leonard each posted six.

Marcia Reed finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the RedHawks, one of six MMC players in double figures. Faith Sherrow collected 11 of her 14 points in the first half and Taylor McNairy recorded a dozen points.

Brooklyn Blanchard, Samariah Thompson and Lacey Reed each scored 10 points for the home team. Martin Methodist hit 7-of-14 shots from 3-point range and was 21-of-24 at the foul line in the victory.

Watson got the Phoenix on the board in the first minute of the game and two free throws from Carli Codner-Pinto made it 8-4 RedHawks at the 6:30 mark of the opening period, but CU did not score for more than four minutes, missing three shots and committing four turnovers during that stretch.

Martin Methodist took advantage, starting with a field goal by Reed and then three consecutive 3-pointers from Sherrow. Thompson’s basket at the 2:36 mark pushed the MMC lead to 21-4 before an old-fashioned 3-point play by Elder ended the scoreless drought for Cumberland.

A basket by Griffith pulled CU within a dozen and Leonard’s 3-pointer in the final minute made it 23-12 at the end of the first period.

Leonard added another triple to begin the second quarter for CU, but those were the only points for the Phoenix in the first seven minutes of the period. Cumberland missed six field goals and two free throws and registered three turnovers during a six-minute scoreless stretch.

Reed netted the first five points in a 15-0 spurt for MMC and McNairy and Blanchard added four points apiece, pushing the RedHawks advantage to 42-15.

Cumberland plays at seventh-ranked Marian University at 5 p.m. CT on Friday and heads to Huntington University for a 1 p.m. match-up on Saturday.