|Stats at a Glance||CU||GC|
|FG Percentage||.391 (18-46)||.293 (17-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.375 (6-16)||.278 (5-18)|
|FT Percentage||.778 (7-9)||.529 (9-17)|
- 13||Alexis Stapleton
- 12||Malaka Frank
- 3||Madison Darnell
- 2||Madison Darnell
Katherine Griffith - 1
GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Carli Codner-Pinto made three straight 3-pointers in the final minutes, setting up a game-winning layup at the buzzer for Kerrice Watson and Cumberland outlasted Georgetown College, 49-48, in women’s basketball action here Saturday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium.
The Phoenix (5-10, 1-2 Mid-South) committed 27 turnovers in the loss but hung around thanks to good defense and rebounding, limiting the Tigers (15-3, 0-3) to 29 percent shooting overall and 5-for-18 from 3-point range.
Cumberland trailed by seven in the first half and was behind by four with a little less than five minutes to play. Codner-Pinto was 0-for-9 from the field before drilling a 3-pointer from the left wing with 3:27 to play, which got the senior in rhythm for the first time in the contest.
She made two more triples, the last one with 54.1 seconds remaining, pulling the Phoenix within 48-47. The Tigers called timeout but did not get a good shot on the offensive end, missing a runner in the lane.
Georgetown fouled with 5.5 seconds to play, a smart foul because the Tigers were not in the penalty. On the final in-bounds play, Katherine Griffith, who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, looked for Codner-Pinto but she was covered. The CU junior drove into the lane and found Watson all alone under the basket for the layup, which hit the rim three times before falling in as the buzzer sounded.
Freshman Britany Miller also played well, contributing eight points and 12 boards, and Watson posted 10 points and seven rebounds.
Alexis Stapleton led the Tigers with 11 points and Malaka Frank registered 10 points and nine boards. Georgetown made just four field goals over the final 14 minutes and none in the last 1:12 after a layup from Hailey Ison.
Cumberland committed four turnover and missed its only two shots in the first four minutes of the game but trailed just 5-0 thanks to a slow start from the field by the Tigers. Dominique St. Louis’ turnaround in the lane got the Phoenix on the board at the 5:03 mark.
Griffith’s old-fashioned 3-point play pulled CU within three, but baskets by Stapleton and Martina Lytle pushed the lead back to seven for the home team. Briana Vandlen’s 3-pointer for the Phoenix in the final minute of the quarter made it 15-11 Georgetown at the end of 10 minutes.
Griffith’s drive across the floor into the lane for a layup plus the foul and a drive down the baseline for a bucket from Mya Gaines pulled Cumberland within 20-18 midway through the second period. Watson’s triple from the left wing made it a one-point game and the Phoenix got four chances to take the lead before intermission but could not.
Lydia Graves rattled home a 3-pointer for the Tigers with 43 seconds remaining in the period and Cumberland missed on the other end, sending CU to the locker room trailing 25-21. The Phoenix committed 15 turnovers in the half, which led to 11 Georgetown points.
Griffith netted eight points for CU and Watson added five while Miller grabbed seven rebounds. Stapleton paced the Tigers with eight points and Graves collected seven. Cumberland shot better from the field, the 3-point line and the free throw line and outrebounded Georgetown in the first half but the turnovers led to too many points for the Tigers.
Miller made two foul shots and her basket with six minutes remaining in the third period evened the game at 27. Ison answered with a 3-pointer and Raegan Williams got an old-fashioned 3-point play for the Tigers, pushing the lead back to six for Georgetown.
Watson connected on a 3-pointer and Griffith’s drive down the right side of the lane for a basket and the foul cut the deficit to one headed to the final period.
Cumberland plays the final contest of a three-game road swing in conference play this Thursday at the University of Pikeville at 5 p.m. CT.