Shawnee State (Ohio)
|Stats at a Glance||CU||SSU|
|FG Percentage||.338 (22-65)||.425 (31-73)|
|3P FG Percentage||.200 (3-15)||.368 (7-19)|
|FT Percentage||.909 (10-11)||.833 (10-12)|
- 18||Bailey Cummins
- 9||Bailey Cummins
- 3||Bailey Cummins
- 2||Sydney King
Bailey Cummins - 2
Briana Vandlen - 1
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Katherine Griffith netted 18 points and nine rebounds but four players scored in double figures for 10th-ranked Shawnee State and the Bears opened up a close game with a big third quarter en route to a 79-57 victory over Cumberland in women’s basketball action here Thursday night at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
The Phoenix (6-15, 2-7 Mid-South) got off to a rough start, hitting just 2-of-12 from the field in the first quarter and trailed 14-5 after 10 minutes, but Secret Hughes, Griffith and Torri Daniels posted four points apiece in the second quarter and CU trailed, 31-22.
Cumberland connected on just 3-of-13 field goals in the third period and the Bears (20-5, 7-2) took advantage, stretching the lead to 20 with a 14-4 spurt. Bailey Cummings scored eight of her 14 points and Marnae Holland added four of her 12 points during the stretch. SSU netted the final six points of the quarter for a 58-32 lead, essentially putting the game away.
Griffith scored 10 of her 18 points in the final period and Cassaundra Whitworth, in her first career action for the Phoenix, hit a pair of 3-pointers.
Jemilah Leonard finished with eight points and seven rebounds and Daniels finished with eight points off the bench.
Cummings grabbed a team-best eight boards and Holland added seven caroms for the Bears. Laken Smith posted 12 points and Sydney King collected 10 for the home team.
Leonard’s jump shot was the first two points of the game, but Cumberland did not score for more than five minutes and the Bears netted 10 straight points, including six (two baskets and two foul shots) from Smith.
Briana Vandlen hit 1-of-2 free throws for CU to end the scoring drought at the 3:12 mark, but field goals from King and Shania Massie pushed the SSU advantage to 14-3 before a layup from Daniels just before the period ended. The Phoenix hit just 2-of-12 from the field and committed seven turnovers in the first 10 minutes.
Cummins’ layup and a deep 3-pointer by Ashton Lovely started the second quarter for Shawnee State, but Hughes hit a pair of 15-footers for CU. Two layups from Cummins and one for Lovely extended the SSU lead to 27-11, forcing a timeout from Cumberland.
Leonard connected on a 3-pointer from the right wing that started a 9-2 spurt for the Phoenix, including two baskets by Griffith and one layup from Daniels, cutting the deficit to 29-20.
Neither team scored over the final 2:43 of the period and the Phoenix trailed, 31-22, at intermission. Daniels paced CU with six points off the bench and Leonard netted five while Smith led all scorers with eight points and Cummings collected six for SSU.
Cumberland heads home to face the University of Pikeville on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.