December 14, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Cumberland9821846
Marian1916161667
Stats at a GlanceCU-WMU
FG Percentage.327 (16-49) .347 (25-72)
3P FG Percentage.188 (3-16) .316 (6-19)
FT Percentage.688 (11-16) .647 (11-17)
Offensive Rebounds618
Defensive Rebounds3229
Total Rebounds3847
Turnovers228
Steals310
Bench Points1326
LeadersCU-WMU
PointsCodner-Pinto - 14
Dejah Cyrus - 12
ReboundsGriffith - 10
TEAM - 9
AssistsLeonard - 2
Watson - 2
Miller - 2
Abby Downard - 8
StealsBurns - 1
Miller - 1
St. Louis - 1
Abby Downard - 4
BlocksMiller - 2
Vandlen - 2
Cam Cardenas - 1
Dejah Cyrus - 1
CU women unable to overcome slow start at Marian
Friday, December 14, 2018
CU women unable to overcome slow start at Marian
Carli Codner-Pinto netted 14 points in CU's loss Friday at Marian. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Carli Codner-Pinto netted 14 points but Cumberland struggled again in the first half, falling behind early and falling 67-46 to seventh-ranked Marian University in women’s basketball action Friday night in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Phoenix (2-8) shot just 26 percent (7-for-27) from the field in the opening half and committed nine turnovers that the Knights (12-3) turned into 12 points. Cumberland trailed 19-9 after one period and 35-17 at the half thanks to the poor shooting and miscues.

Codner-Pinto made just 6-of-15 shots overall and 1-for-8 from 3-point range in netting 14 points, the only CU player in double figures. The Phoenix hit 3-of-16 from behind the arc as a team in the contest.

Katherine Griffith posted eight points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Cumberland and Britany Miller added six points.

Dejah Cyrus led Marian with 12 points while Macy Willoughby collected 11 points off the bench and Macie Lively finished with 10 points for the home team. The Knights registered 16 assists on 25 made field goals and outrebounded the Phoenix, 47-38, including 18 offensive boards.

Lively’s 3-pointer along with baskets from Abby Downard and Rachel Titzer were part of a 7-0 spurt in the first quarter, giving Marian an 11-4 advantage, but Jemilah Leonard’s triple cut the CU deficit to four. The Knights netted six straight points before a field goal by Miller for the Phoenix. Elle Williams’ layup gave the home team a 19-9 lead after one quarter.

Cumberland made four of its first eight shots in the second period, including baskets from Codner-Pinto and Griffith before field goals by Kerrice Watson and Dominique St. Louis, pulling CU within 24-17. The Phoenix missed their last six attempts and Marian scored the final 11 points, beginning with two free throws by Willoughby.

Cyrus posted a layup and Willoughby added two more foul shots before a field goal from Downard and then a 3-pointer by Katie Giller for a 35-17 Knights advantage at intermission.

Codner-Pinto’s 3-pointer got the Phoenix within 12 four minutes into the third quarter, but Willoughby answered with a triple and two free throws from Karen Jones and another three by Downard pushed the Marian advantage to 49-31.

Cumberland scored the next seven points, though, including baskets by Codner-Pinto and Miller along with one free throw from St. Louis and two foul shots by Griffith, pulling CU within 49-38. Cam Cardenas’ layup on her third attempt under the basket in the final minute of the period gave the Knights a 51-38 lead.

Marian put together a 14-4 run in the fourth quarter aided by just one point over a four-minute stretch for the Phoenix.

Cumberland plays again Saturday at 1 p.m. at Huntington University in the team’s final game of the calendar year.