|Stats at a Glance||CU||LIFE|
|FG Percentage||.350 (21-60)||.400 (34-85)|
|3P FG Percentage||.125 (2-16)||.381 (8-21)|
|FT Percentage||.842 (16-19)||.474 (9-19)|
- 15||Damiya Montgomery
|Rebounds||Dominique St. Louis
- 9||Maeisha Teasley
Tshlene Bentley - 8
- 5||Tierra Tullis
- 2||Maeisha Teasley
MARIETTA, Ga. – Damiya Montgomery scored six of her game-high 20 points and Maeisha Teasley netted eight points during a 19-2 run for Life University in the third quarter and the Running Eagles pulled away in the second half for an 85-60 victory over Cumberland in women’s basketball action here Thursday night at The Eagles’ Nest.
The Phoenix (6-19, 2-11 Mid-South) trailed 31-28 at the half and Katherine Griffth posted eight straight points to start the third period for a 36-35 CU edge at the 7:15 mark. Cumberland registered just one field goal over the next five minutes, opening the door for the Running Eagles (17-10, 5-8).
Sydney Garnigan began the run with a basket before four straight by Teasley, who tallied three of her eight steals in about 90 seconds. Montgomery then hit a pair of 3-pointers and Kiana Glenn hit a triple as well, turning a one-point advantage into a 16-point deficit with three minutes left in the quarter.
The Phoenix came back with eight consecutive thanks to two free throws each by Kerrice Watson and Briana Vandlen and a 3-pointer from Vandlen and a basket by Devon Burns cut the deficit to 58-48 with 10 minutes to play.
Life netted the first nine points of the final period and never looked back. Layups for Tshlene Bentley, Tierra Lindsey and Garnigan as well as a free throw and layup by Teasley pushed the Running Eagles lead to 67-48.
Life netted 36 points off a season-high 33 Cumberland turnovers, including 21 in the second half. Five Running Eagles finished in double figures, led by Montgomery’s 20 along with 12 by Glenn off the bench.
Lindsey and Teasley each scored 11 points and Shikiya Brown added 10.
Griffith recorded 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting but none after the seven-minute mark of the third quarter. Burns collected 14 points, 12 in the first half.
Burns finished an old-fashioned 3-point play as well as a 3-pointer and a baseline runner in the first quarter, giving CU a 12-9 advantage in the first period. The offense for both teams slowed down over the final five minutes of the period, with field goals by Vandlen and Britney Miller giving the Phoenix a 16-15 edge at the end of 10 minutes.
Tierra Tullis’ 3-pointer for Life in the first minute of the second period knotted the game at 18, the first of five ties in the quarter. Cumberland made just one field goal over the final 7:42 of the period but connected on 6-of-8 at the foul line, staying even with the Running Eagles.
Griffith’s layup on an inbounds pass put the Phoenix ahead, 26-23, with 3:58 left before the half and two foul shots from Burns kept the lead at three, but Cumberland did not score over the final 2:16 of the period.
Glenn made 1-of-2 foul shots and hit a drive off the glass to even the contest at 28 in the final minute. After a CU turnover Montgomery hit a running 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer for a 31-28 Life edge at intermission.
Burns posted 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting as well as 3-for-3 at the foul line but no other CU player netted more than five points. The Phoenix committed 12 turnovers, which the Running Eagles converted into 13 points. Brown led the home team with eight points and Glenn posted five points, four rebounds and two assists off the bench.
Cumberland ends the regular season at home Saturday with a 2 p.m. tip-off against the University of the Cumberlands. Carli Codner-Pinto, Dominique St. Louis and Jemilah Leonard will take part in Senior Day activities after the women’s game.