|December 28, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||Cumber||MSU|
|FG Percentage||.351 (20-57)||.424 (36-85)|
|3P FG Percentage||.357 (5-14)||.324 (12-37)|
|FT Percentage||.682 (15-22)||.692 (9-13)|
Mack - 13
BUSH - 1
TROUTEN - 1
TROUTEN - 1
MURRAY, Ky.- Murray State defeats Cumberland 93-60 at CSFB Center in an exhibition game.
Cumberland shot 35% from the field and 35% from three, but turned it over 24 times against the Racers as Murray State used the press and the trap to cause chaos with the Phoenix. Bree Thibeault led the Phoenix with nine points and Mackenzie Trouten and Devon Burns each scored eight points. Ashlyn Pittman and Britany Miller registered seven points and Katherine Griffith and Kerrice Watson each put up six points.
Murray State had four player reach double-digits in points led by Laci Hawthorne and Cekeya Mack with 13 points a piece. Macey Turley and Raegan Blackburn each posted 12 points. The Racers shot 42% on the game and outrebounded the Phoenix 50-41.
Trouten gets a quick bucket to give CU a 2-0 lead. Watson and Miller each added lay ups, but Turley and Gibson hit a three and a two pointer to work the lead out to 11-6 with 6:45 left in the first. Turley buried another lead and the Racers stole the ball on back to back possessions on the inbound for an eight point swing, Racers lead 21-6.
Griffith slowed down the Racers pressure for a moment with a jumper outside of the lane and Burns hit two free throws. Bush came up with a steal and dished to Morgan for a three pointer for a 7-0 Phoenix run. Griffith hit another jumper from the top of the key. Turley hit another three and Murray State came alive getting four straight steals off the inbound and finishing with points. Murray State led 37-15 after the first.
Pittman hit a three to counter a three point play by Murray State’s Cekeya Mack. Watson drilled a three from the left corner to cut it to 40-22 with 7:36 left in the second.
Pittman and Trouten each collected two pointers, but Sadie Hill and Raegan Blackburn each hit a three from the top of the key to keep constant pressure on CU. Trouten hit two free throws and Burns dished it to Griffith under the basket in the last minute of the first half, Racers led 55-31.
Miller hit two lay-ups with one coming off a pass from Watson down low to get Cumberland going in the second half. Thibeault hit a jumper from outside the lane and Burns hit a running lay up while getting fouled and converted the three point play. She hit a three from the corner a few plays later, Racers lead 64-46 with 2:06 left in the third. Cumberland outscored the Racers in the 3rd quarter, 17-15, but Murray State led 70-48.
Racers start the fourth with a 12-0 run, Pittman hit a running lay up with just under five minutes left to finally put the Phoenix on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. Trouten picked off a pass and took it all the way for the lay up and Lucy Chilcutt hit a three from the left wing. Lauren King converted a lay in on a dish from Thibeault, but the Racers came out on top 93-60.
Cumberland will travel to No. 2 Campbellsville on January 4th. Tip off is set for 1 p.m. central time.