November 12, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Asbury University2214242383
Cumberland University1919212180
Stats at a GlanceASBURYCU
FG Percentage.509 (28-55) .429 (27-63)
3P FG Percentage.391 (9-23) .435 (10-23)
FT Percentage.692 (18-26) .727 (16-22)
Offensive Rebounds914
Defensive Rebounds2321
Total Rebounds3235
Turnovers1816
Steals79
Bench Points2229
LeadersASBURYCU
PointsAutumn Herriford - 25
Kerrice Watson - 21
ReboundsAutumn Herriford - 6
Kelsey Johnson - 6
Amie Conley - 6
Mackenzie Trouten - 6
Britany Miller - 6
TEAM - 6
AssistsZaria Napier - 3
Gracie Johnson - 4
StealsAutumn Herriford - 2
Jaclynn Ruble - 2
Zaria Napier - 2
Britany Miller - 3
BlocksSarah Dennison - 2
Ashlyn Pittman - 1
Britany Miller - 1
Phoenix fall in final seconds to Asbury, 83-80
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Phoenix fall in final seconds to Asbury, 83-80
(Photo Credit: Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Despite Kerrice Watson posting a season high 21 points, Phoenix women’s basketball loses a last second heartbreaker, 83-80, to Asbury tonight in Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.

Cumberland (1-3) lived by and died by the deep ball tonight, hitting a very impressive 10 or their 23 shots, but gave up nine to the visiting team, Asbury (6-1). The main difference between the teams was decided by the Eagles hitting two more free throws as well as a better percentage of shots hit from within the arc.

Watson had a dynamic night for the Phoenix, contributing a team high 21 points on very efficient shooting both inside and outside the arc (5-of-9 from three and 7-of-12 overall). Britany Miller played very well down the stretch, earning six of her 15 points in the final stanza as well as tying for the team lead with six boards. Freshman Lucy Chilcutt broke into double digit scoring, 14, for the second-straight home game, this time coming off the back of a hot streak from behind the arc.

Three Asbury players broke into double digit scoring, two of those hitting for 20+ on excellent three point shooting. Autumn Herriford led all players with 25 points, while Kelsey Johnson followed closely behind with 20 of her own. Zaria Napier put up 13 of her own despite struggling from three (1-of-6).

The Phoenix controlled the tempo of the game through the majority of the first quarter, Watson dominating the game with a gaudy 11 points in the period. Gracie Johnson made a great move to cut into the lane and passed the ball to Britany Miller on the post to extend the early lead to 16-11. The final three minutes of the first belonged to Asbury, quickly tying the game at 16-16, before Watson sunk a three from the left wing to push Cumberland back ahead. The Eagles ended the first on a 6-0 run as the Phoenix struggled to get the ball into the paint while also playing loose with the ball.

After Asbury opened the second with a three for a 25-19 lead, Cumberland ended its scoring drought with a bucket by Kennedy Powell on the low post jumper. Chilcutt came alive towards the end of the second, sinking huge three on back-to-back possessions, first from the corner and second from the right wing after Watson kicked the ball out to her, 34-31. Cumberland again looked to Chilcutt at the end of the second, tossing up a three that circled the rim a few times before dropping to give the Phoenix a 38-36 halftime lead.

Bree Thibeault started second half scoring, pulling up in the paint for a short jumper. Midway through the third, Watson sunk her fourth three of the game from the far corner, which she followed up with another silky smooth shot from the wing in transition for a 51-44 advantage. Asbury charged back though, tying the game at 55-55 with a minute remaining before taking a 60-59 lead into the final quarter.

Gracie Johnson looked to spark the Phoenix to start the fourth, cutting into the paint to lay in a shot for a 61-60 Cumberland lead. The Phoenix were unable to find their offense over a three minute period, but Miller got the team back on track by bullying her man in the paint for a layup, trailing 68-64. With 3:30 remaining in the game Kennedy Powell hit a shot from the right wing to pull within three at 76-73. Cumberland tied the game at 76-76 when Miller spun off the defender and hit a pretty jump shot while moving towards the rim. Mackenzie Trouten gave the team a chance, hitting a layup to cut the Asbury lead to 81-80 with less than 20 second remaining. Cumberland got the ball back down two, 82-80, with five seconds remaining, but turned the ball over on the inbounds play, losing 83-80.

The Phoenix return to action a week from today, playing Fisk University at 6 p.m. in Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.