|Stats at a Glance||CU||HU|
|FG Percentage||.473 (26-55)||.333 (19-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.438 (7-16)||.167 (3-18)|
|FT Percentage||.769 (10-13)||.778 (21-27)|
- 17||Sarah Fryman
Britany Miller - 8
Dominique St. Louis - 8
- 7||Sarah Fryman
Britany Miller - 2
Katherine Griffith - 1
LEBANON, Tenn. – Devon Burns and Kerrice Watson combined for 13 points during a 20-7 run in the fourth quarter, helping Cumberland to a 69-62 victory over Huntington University and a split of the back-to-back games in women’s basketball action Saturday in Huntington, Ind.
The Phoenix (3-8) trailed by six in the first half but were behind by just one at halftime. Cumberland led by a point at the end of three quarters and put together the 20-7 spurt in the final period to take the win.
Burns led four CU players in double figures with 17 points, including eight during the deciding stretch with a 3-pointer and an old-fashioned 3-point play. Watson added a field goal and her triple ended the run with 2:27 remaining and the Phoenix ahead, 65-54.
The Foresters (9-5) would not go away at home, though, answering with an 8-2 spurt to pull within five in the final minute after a 3-pointer from Casey Morton. Watson’s basket with 10 seconds to play effectively ended the game for CU.
Carli Codner-Pinto made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points while Britany Miller posted 10 points and eight rebounds for the Phoenix.
Sarah Fryman paced Huntington with 14 points, but the home team made just 3-of-18 from behind the arc and shot 33 percent overall for the game. Brooke Saylor recorded 13 points and 12 boards and Sam Hammel added 13 points, including 9-for-11 at the foul line.
Saylor netted five of Huntington’s first nine points and the Foresters led 9-5 midway through the first period but Cumberland posted eight straight points to take its first lead of the contest. Dominique St. Louis and Katherine Griffith each posted field goals to even the game and Watson’s basket and two free throws from Codner-Pinto gave CU a 13-9 edge.
Maddie Richer and Casey Morton each hit 3-pointers for Huntington to end the period and the Foresters led 17-15 after 10 minutes.
Field goals by Richer and Saylor stretched the lead to six and the Foresters held a 23-17 advantage before Burns posted a personal 9-0 run for the Phoenix, including a 3-pointer and three other field goals. Miller’s basket with 2:07 left in the half made it 28-25 CU, but two free throws apiece by Hammel and Sarah Fryman put Huntington ahead, 29-28, at intermission.
The third quarter featured seven lead changes and a pair of ties, with neither team holding more than a four-point advantage. Codner-Pinto hit two free throws to start the period and added a 3-pointer in the middle of the quarter for a two-point edge, but Huntington answered with six straight points, including field goals by Erin Mohr, Hammel and Richer.
Griffith’s field goal and another 3-pointer by Codner-Pinto put CU back in the lead, 42-41, and one foul shot from Watson gave Cumberland a 43-42 edge headed to the final 10 minutes.
Hammel’s basket at the 8:37 mark of the fourth quarter pushed the Foresters ahead, 47-45, but a 3-pointer from Burns started the 20-7 run for the Phoenix. Miller’s field goal and a triple by Briana Vandlen made the lead 53-49.
Fryman scored for Huntington, but Watson answered with a bucket and Miller added another before the old-fashioned 3-pointer play from Burns with 3:57 remaining gave the Phoenix a 60-51 advantage. Burns added a field goal and Watson capped the stretch with her triple.
Cumberland takes a break for Christmas and plays again January 2 at home against Fisk University before opening Mid-South Conference action against Lindsey Wilson on Jan. 5 at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.