January 02, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Fisk University118232466
Cumberland University1428142278
Stats at a GlanceFISKCU-W
FG Percentage.324 (24-74) .468 (22-47)
3P FG Percentage.563 (9-16) .308 (4-13)
FT Percentage.900 (9-10) .769 (30-39)
Offensive Rebounds204
Defensive Rebounds2631
Total Rebounds4635
Turnovers2116
Steals712
Bench Points3714
LeadersFISKCU-W
PointsBrown - 31
Codner-Pinto - 27
ReboundsThomas - 13
St. Louis - 10
AssistsThomas - 3
Francis - 3
Codner-Pinto - 5
StealsFrancis - 3
Watson - 5
BlocksSt. Louis - 2
Phoenix hold off late surge for 78-66 win
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Phoenix hold off late surge for 78-66 win
Kerrice Watson posted 17 points in CU's 78-66 win Wednesday against Fisk. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Carli Codner-Pinto posted 27 points, Kerrice Watson netted 17 and Cumberland used an 18-3 run in the second quarter to open a 23-point halftime lead before holding off Fisk University in the final minutes in a 78-66 victory for the Phoenix in women’s basketball action here Wednesday night at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.

The contest marked the final non-conference affair for Cumberland (4-8) heading into Mid-South Conference action that begins Saturday at home at 2 p.m. against Lindsey Wilson.

Codner-Pinto made 9-of-16 shots overall with three 3-pointers and was 6-for-9 at the foul line for her 27 points, the third 20-plus point outing for the senior in the last six games. The Phoenix took advantage of 25 fouls against Fisk, knocking down 30-of-39 attempts at the charity stripe, including 17-for-23 in the second half.

Watson did the bulk of her work at the free throw line, hitting 9-of-12. Dominique St. Louis scored all seven of her points on foul shots and adding a team-best 10 rebounds.

Lashae Brown paced the Bulldogs (3-11) with 31 points, including 23 in the second half, making 7-for-10 from behind the arc in the contest. Andria Thomas added 12 points and 13 boards and ILeah Chambly finished with eight points and 11 caroms for Fisk, which netted 15 second-chance points on 20 offensive rebounds.

Cumberland scored 30 points on 21 Fisk turnovers, though, offsetting the 46-35 advantage on the boards for the Bulldogs.

The Phoenix made just 1-of-5 shots and committed five turnovers in the first five minutes of the contest, but the home team led 3-2, as Fisk also struggled early. The Bulldogs posted four turnovers and hit only 1-of-9 field goals.

Britany Miller’s layup and then a jumper from the freshman seemed to get Cumberland going offensively. Fisk knotted the game with two free throws and a 3-pointer by Brown, but a basket by Codner-Pinto and a 3-pointer from Briana Vandlen gave CU the lead for good. Codner-Pinto’s layup in the final minute made it 14-11 Phoenix at the end of 10 minutes.

Cumberland connected on 7-of-8 foul shots in the first three-plus minutes of the second period, but a jumper by Chambly and a 3-pointer from Brown cut the CU advantage to 23-16.

The Phoenix put together a 12-1 run over the next four minutes, including a 3-pointer by Codner-Pinto and four free throws from Watson. One foul shot by St. Louis increased the lead to 35-17 with just over three minutes remaining until halftime.

Thomas’ layup for Fisk ended a field goal drought at almost five minutes but Watson made a baseline layup before one free throw from Vandlen and two foul shots by St. Louis ended the period with CU ahead, 42-19.

Codner-Pinto led all scorers with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with a pair of triples. Watson added nine points and St. Louis collected five points and seven rebounds. Brown paced the Bulldogs with eight points off the bench and Thomas posted six.

The third quarter belonged to Fisk, outscoring the Phoenix, 23-14, including an 18-5 spurt after a Codner-Pinto 3-pointer began the period. Brown connected on a trio of triples and added a layup to end the run while Thomas contributed a field goal and two free throws, cutting the CU lead to 50-37 with 2:40 left in the quarter.

Watson’s layup and two foul shots from Katherine Griffth, who finished with 10 points off the bench, ended the drought for the Phoenix, but a Lyric Johnson 3-pointer, her second of the period, made it 56-42 headed to the final 10 minutes.

Two layups by Griffith and one from Codner-Pinto increased the lead to 62-42 in the first 90 seconds of the fourth quarter and the advantage stayed between 14-20 until under four minutes remained in the contest.

The Bulldogs produced a final flurry, recording a 13-2 run to pull within nine with 2:30 to play. Sh’Niya Horn’s jumper started the stretch and Thomas and Chambly followed with baskets before a 3-pointer by Brown.

Field goals from Chambly and Brown cut the CU lead to 70-61, but Codner-Pinto made 3-of-4 at the foul line and layups in the final minute from Watson and Codner-Pinto provided the final margin.