February 16, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
#12 Shawnee State2615242186
Cumberland University711181450
Stats at a GlanceSSUW2CU-W
FG Percentage.466 (27-58) .356 (16-45)
3P FG Percentage.444 (8-18) .250 (4-16)
FT Percentage.828 (24-29) .737 (14-19)
Offensive Rebounds104
Defensive Rebounds2823
Total Rebounds3827
Bench Points4423
PointsKing - 22
Watson - 13
ReboundsKing - 7
St. Louis - 5
AssistsCummins - 6
Leonard - 4
StealsCummins - 3
Leonard - 2
St. Louis - 2
BlocksHolland - 1
Miller - 1
Cummins - 1
St. Louis - 2
Slow start buries Phoenix against SSU
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Slow start buries Phoenix against SSU
Kerrice Watson collected 13 points in CU's loss Saturday against Shawnee State. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Sydney King netted 22 points off the bench and 12th-ranked Shawnee State raced to a 23-point lead at the half and never looked back in an 86-50 victory over Cumberland in women’s basketball action here Saturday at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.

The Phoenix (6-18, 2-10 Mid-South) made just 2-of-10 shots and committed seven turnovers in the first period, as the Bears (21-7, 8-4) raced out to a 26-7 advantage after 10 minutes. Shawnee State scored 21 of the final 24 points of the period, as Cumberland did not make a field goal over the final 8:33 of the quarter.

King netted eight points and Bailey Cummins added five for SSU in the first period.

Briana Vandlen’s 3-pointer at the 9:09 mark of the second quarter finally ended the field goal drought for Cumberland but four free throws from Hannah Miller and baskets by Cummins, King and Marnae Holland increased the Shawnee State lead to 36-12. Leah Wingeier’s layup in the final minute gave SSU a 41-18 advantage at intermission.

King posted 10 points and Cummins and Shania Massie each registered seven for the Bears, who were 4-of-9 from 3-point range and 13-for-15 at the foul line in the half. Cumberland shot just 29 percent in the first two quarters and committed 14 turnovers.

The Phoenix put together an 11-4 run in the third quarter thanks to a 3-pointer and a basket by Kerrice Watson, two field goals from Dominique St. Louis and one bucket by Katherine Griffith, pulling CU within 49-31 with 4:14 left in the period.

Watson’s two foul shots at the 2:04 mark of the quarter made the deficit 19, but Shawnee State scored the final 10 points of the period, starting with an old-fashioned 3-point play from Massie. King and Laken Smith added layups and King nailed a 3-pointer just before the end of the period for a 65-36 advantage for SSU.

Cassie Bentley and Cummins started the final quarter with 3-pointers for the Bears and King hit another later in the period.

Watson was the only Cumberland player in double figures with 13 points while Vandlen finished with seven and St. Louis, Griffith and Cassaundra Whitworth each posted six.

King made 8-of-14 shots overall and 3-for-5 from behind the arc to lead all scorers with 22 points. Cummings netted 14 and Massie recorded 12 for Shawnee State.

Cumberland heads to Marietta, Ga., on Thursday to face Life University at 5 p.m. CT in the team’s final regular season road game.