November 12, 20211st2nd3rd4th1OT Final
Faulkner121517291083
Cumberland1981729780
Stats at a GlanceFAULKNERCUMBERLA
FG Percentage.482 (27-56) .359 (28-78)
3P FG Percentage.433 (13-30) .217 (5-23)
FT Percentage.727 (16-22) .864 (19-22)
Offensive Rebounds522
Defensive Rebounds2321
Total Rebounds2843
Turnovers1615
Steals75
Bench Points2124
LeadersFAULKNERCUMBERLA
PointsMorgan Holland - 24
Keara Sexton - 19
ReboundsMorgan Holland - 12
Breon Oldham - 7
Kennedy Powell - 7
AssistsAshlyn Adkins - 10
Keara Sexton - 4
StealsChanning Gafford - 2
Morgan Holland - 2
Jana Claire Swafford - 2
Kennedy Powell - 2
BlocksChanning Gafford - 1
Jacie Andrews - 1
Kennedy Powell - 1
Lindsey Freeman - 1
Cumberland drops overtime nail biter 83-80 against Faulkner
Friday, November 12, 2021
Cumberland drops overtime nail biter 83-80 against Faulkner
Lindsey Freeman scored 13 points in Cumberland's OT loss against Faulkner on Friday (Credit: Steve Wampler)

HENDERSON, Tenn.-- Cumberland women's basketball (2-2) drops an overtime nailbiter 83-80 to Faulkner University (4-1) in their first game at the Freed Hardeman Classic.

After the first two minutes of the game, Cumberland saw themselves up 7-5 after a layup from Tierra Davis. A three-pointer from Jana-Claire Swafford grew the Phoenix lead to 12-5.

The Phoenix defense in the first quarter was aggressive, allowing only 12 points from Faulkner as they led 19-12.
CU's offense struggled to begin the second quarter as their first points came with just over six minutes to play in the second quarter on free throws from Swafford to lead by six, 21-15.

Cumberland only managed six points the rest of the quarter as they went into the half with Faulkner tied up 27-27. The Eagles had a better shooting percentage in the first half as they shot 41.7% (10/24) from the field, and the Phoenix shot 25% (8/32). Lindsey Freeman led the Phoenix in scoring with seven points as the team went into the break.

The Eagles came out of the break shooting the ball extremely well, jumping out to a 38-31 lead with seven minutes in the third. Cumberland continued to battle and closed the gap with Faulkner. After a layup from Abby Morgan at the end of the third, the two teams were tied up at 44 heading to the fourth.

With seven minutes left in the fourth, Tyra Johnson hit a nice mid-range jumper to reclaim the Phoenix lead 50-49.

The Phoenix were down ten with four minutes to play but roared back in two minutes to tie the game back up at 65-65. Keara Sexton had five points in the run.

Down 73-71 with four seconds to play, Keara Sexton got fouled and went to the line, where she hit both of her free throws to force overtime.

The overtime period was very contested. It was a back-and-forth affair between the two teams with no team ever taking over the period. The game ended in an 83-80 Overtime win for Faulkner after a Tyra Johnson three-point attempt rimmed out to seal it.

Cumberland shot 36 percent from the field in the game compared to the 48 percent of Faulkner. The Phoenix also shot just over 20 percent from three compared to the 43 percent from the Eagles. Where the Phoenix made this game interesting was at the free-throw line where they shot 86 percent as a team. Cumberland also did excellent work on the glass, outrebounding the Eagles 43-28.

Individually for the Phoenix, Keara Sexton led the team with 19 points and six rebounds. Tyra Johnson and Lindsey Freeman were the other Cumberland players in double figures with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

The Phoenix are back at it again tomorrow in the Freed Hardeman Classic against Williams Baptist University at noon.