0, 1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Cumberland (Tenn.)2511192075
Cumberlands (Ky.)1916211571
Stats at a GlanceCUUC
FG Percentage.491 (27-55) .328 (22-67)
3P FG Percentage.389 (7-18) .304 (7-23)
FT Percentage.778 (14-18) .909 (20-22)
Offensive Rebounds1018
Defensive Rebounds2415
Total Rebounds3433
Turnovers1815
Steals76
Bench Points2319
LeadersCUUC
PointsKerrice Watson - 18
Katherine Griffith - 18
Jasmine Rhodes - 17
ReboundsBritany Miller - 9
Jasmine Rhodes - 11
AssistsCarli Codner-Pinto - 4
Kayla Bruner - 4
StealsCarli Codner-Pinto - 2
Callia Cropp - 1
Shayla Simpson - 1
Ashley Jackson - 1
Jasmine Rhodes - 1
Kayla Bruner - 1
Hannah Lawson - 1
BlocksBritany Miller - 3
Abbey Estes - 1
Phoenix end contest with 18-7 run for road win
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Phoenix end contest with 18-7 run for road win
Katherine Griffith tied her career-high with 18 points, seven in the final seven minutes, in CU's win Saturday at the Cumberlands. (Credit Coy Gill)

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Katherine Griffith netted seven of her career-high 18 points during a decisive 18-7 run to end the game and Kerrice Watson made 3-of-4 foul shots in the final 21 seconds in Cumberland’s 75-71 victory over the University of the Cumberlands in women’s basketball action here Saturday at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.

The Phoenix (6-12, 2-4 Mid-South) trailed 64-57 with 7:32 remaining after back-to-back 3-pointers from the Patriots’ Hannah Lawson, who scored all 16 of her points in the second half. Britany Miller’s two free throws started the 18-7 run to end the contest for CU.

Watson and Griffith both posted field goals and a layup by Carli Codner-Pinto cut the deficit one. Griffith added another basket, then 1-of-2 foul shots and finally her fourth field goal of the final period, giving the Phoenix a 70-69 edge with 2:34 remaining.

Watson got a steal and a layup with 1:36 to play, stretching the lead to 72-69, but Jasmine Rhodes answered with an offensive rebound and a putback for the Patriots (12-10, 0-7), making it a one-point game with 46.8 seconds to play.

Watson grabbed an offensive rebound for the Phoenix and was fouled with 20.9 seconds to play, hitting both foul shots. Abbey Estes missed a 3-pointer on the other end for the Cumberlands and Watson connected on the second foul shot with 12.6 seconds on the clock, pushing the CU advantage to four.

The Patriots missed two more 3-point attempts and the clock ran out, giving Cumberland its second conference victory, both on the road, of the season.

Griffith posted 13 of her 18 points in the final two period, tying her career-high, hitting 8-of-10 field goals. Watson also finished with a career-best 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Codner-Pinto posted 17 points, 11 in the first half, and Miller netted 11 points and nine boards for CU.

Rhodes led the Patriots with 17 points and 11 boards while Lawson recorded 16 and Shayla Simpson posted 12 before fouling out late in the third quarter.

Cumberland got off to a quick start in the contest, hitting six of its first seven shots to take a 14-9 edge. Codner-Pinto and Watson both made 3-pointers and Griffith’s old-fashioned 3-point play stretched the lead to 17-11 with 4:10 left in the first period.

Codner-Pinto added her second triple and Briana Vandlen hit a three as well for CU before a runner from Codner-Pinto put the Phoenix ahead, 25-19, at the end of 10 minutes.

Watson’s 3-pointer in the first 50 seconds of the second quarter forced a timeout by the Patriots and a layup for Griffith and another triple by Codner-Pinto gave Cumberland a 35-20 lead with 6:23 left in the half, but the visitors went ice cold and made too many mistakes for the remainder of the period.

The Phoenix missed their last nine shots of the quarter and committed four of their 12 first-half turnovers over the final six minutes, opening the door for the Patriots, who put together a 15-1 run to end the period. Simpson netted six straight points for the home team and Callia Cropp’s 3-pointer cut the CU advantage to 35-31.

Ashley Jackson hit four free throws to end the half for UC, the last two with 0.3 seconds on the clock. Cumberland’s only points were 1-of-2 foul shots by Vandlen with 25.8 seconds to play and the Phoenix led 36-35 at intermission.

Codner-Pinto led CU with 11 points and Watson added eight while Simpson paced the Patriots with nine points and Cropp and Rhodes collected seven apiece.

The third quarter featured four lead changes and four ties, with neither team leading by more than four points. Vandlen hit 1-of-2 foul shots and Griffith added a field goal in the final minute and the Patriots took a 56-55 edge to the final 10 minutes.

Lawson drilled consecutive 3-pointers for the Cumberlands, forcing the timeout by CU with 7:32 to play. The Patriots made only 2-of-11 shots with three turnovers in the final seven-plus minutes and Cumberland took advantage to post the win.

The Phoenix play Campbellsville University at home this Thursday at 6 p.m., with five of the team’s last eight league contests at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.