January 05, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
#18 Lindsey Wilson2315251578
Cumberland University1511131756
Stats at a GlanceLWC-WCU-W
FG Percentage.384 (28-73) .296 (16-54)
3P FG Percentage.267 (8-30) .222 (4-18)
FT Percentage.875 (14-16) .833 (20-24)
Offensive Rebounds2010
Defensive Rebounds3025
Total Rebounds5035
Bench Points2626
PointsTurner - 20
Codner-Pinto - 9
ReboundsPaulauskaite - 14
Miller - 8
AssistsTurner - 6
Daniels - 2
StealsOldham - 2
Hall - 2
Huffman - 2
Harris - 2
Hobbs - 2
BlocksPaulauskaite - 3
Miller - 1
Third-quarter spurt pushes LWC past Phoenix
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Third-quarter spurt pushes LWC past Phoenix
Briana Vandlen netted eight points in CU's loss Saturday to Lindsey Wilson. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Lindsey Wilson’s Reagan Turner scored a game-high 20 points and she and Jynea Harris posted seven points apiece during a 22-2 third-quarter run, breaking the game open in a 78-56 victory for the 18th-ranked Blue Raiders over Cumberland in women’s basketball action here Saturday at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.

The Phoenix (4-9, 0-1 Mid-South) trailed just 38-26 at the half and 41-32 with just over seven minutes to play in the third period, but Cumberland made only 1-of-11 field goals with three turnovers over the next six minutes.

Turner and Harris started the run for the Blue Raiders (10-4, 1-0) with 3-pointers and Maleigha Oldham added a triple later during the spurt. LWC connected on 9-of-10 foul shots during the stretch as well, taking a 63-34 lead after one foul shot from Molly Stone, who netted five points during the run, with 1:18 left in the quarter.

Cumberland shot just 30 percent from the field overall and 4-for-18 from 3-point range. The second half was especially tough from the field for CU, connecting on 7-of-29.

Carli Codner-Pinto led the Phoenix with nine points, all at the foul line, while Britany Miller, Katherine Griffith and Briana Vandlen each netted eight. Miller added a team-best eight rebounds as well.

Turner finished with 20 points, four rebounds and six assists. Harris and J’Nayah Hall recorded 13 points apiece and Heidi Huffman tallied a dozen. Gerda Paulauskaite grabbed a game-high 14 boards for LWC.

Cumberland got off to a slow start offensively, hitting just 2-of-9 shots and 1-for-4 from 3-point range in the first five-plus minutes. The Blue Raiders took advantage, with Hall netting six of the team’s first 13 points. A jumper by LWC’s Harris put the visitors in front, 15-6, before a baseline runner from Vandlen ended an almost four-minute scoring drought for the Phoenix.

Griffith’s putback and then a layup by the junior on an assist from Vandlen cut the deficit to eight. Vandlen then drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing, but Huffman answered with a three on the other end to finish the period with Lindsey Wilson ahead, 23-15.

Griffith had another layup at the 7:18 mark of the second quarter, but Huffman made a 3-pointer and Paulauskaite’s midrange jumper extended the LWC advantage to 28-20. Kerrice Watson’s basket and two foul shots from Pinto helped the Phoenix stay close, but field goals by Hall and Stone gave the Blue Raiders a 38-26 lead at intermission.

Hall and Huffman combined for 17 points and Turner netted nine as well for Lindsey Wilson, which shot just 33 percent from the field in the half but turned 13 Cumberland turnovers into 13 points and added eight second-chance points on 13 offensive rebounds. The Phoenix shot only 36 percent from the field, including 2-for-9 from behind the arc.

Cumberland plays at seventh-ranked Campbellsville this Thursday in the team’s first road conference game.