February 19, 20221st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee Southern230141350
Cumberland200142054
Stats at a GlanceTENNESSECUMBERLA
FG Percentage.344 (22-64) .400 (20-50)
3P FG Percentage.136 (3-22) .263 (5-19)
FT Percentage.500 (3-6) .600 (9-15)
Offensive Rebounds147
Defensive Rebounds2729
Total Rebounds4136
Turnovers812
Steals42
Bench Points1016
LeadersTENNESSECUMBERLA
PointsFaith Sherrow - 13
Tierra Davis - 12
ReboundsFaith Sherrow - 10
Lindsey Freeman - 12
AssistsTaylor McNairy - 5
Keara Sexton - 4
StealsAaryn Grace Lester - 1
Keonna Chumbley - 1
Savannah Walker - 1
Rachael Baker - 1
Jana Claire Swafford - 1
Devon Burns - 1
BlocksMisia McKinney - 1
Women's Basketball shines on Senior Day to win 54-50
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Women's Basketball shines on Senior Day to win 54-50
Cumberland wins 54-50 on senior day. (Credit: Daniel Holmes)

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cumberland women's basketball wins on senior day 54-50 against the University of Tennessee Southern.

Cumberland (13-15, 8-13 MSC) out-shot the Firehawks in all three areas as they shot 40% from the floor, 26.3% from behind the arc, and 60% from the line. 

Tierra Davis led the Phoenix in scoring with 12 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. Lindsey Freeman was one point shy of a double-double as she finished with nine points and 12 rebounds.

Both teams struggled early in the contest as the Firehawks shot 17.6% from the floor in the first quarter while Cumberland shot 33.3%. The Phoenix finally got things rolling from downtown in the first quarter after draining a pair of threes. Keara Sexton helped push out the lead with a layup and a jumper from the key giving the Phoenix an 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

The Firehawks went on a 10-0 run in the second quarter to swing the momentum in their direction, jumping them out to an 18-14 lead. Davis snapped Tennessee Southern's run after draining a jump shot just outside of the paint to give a needed spark to the Phoenix. Back and forth action brought the game to 20-20 before Faith Sherrow drained a three right before the half.

Tennessee Southern got off to a hot start in the third scoring six unanswered to push their lead to 29-22 with 7:46 left in the quarter. Devon Burns helped bring the Phoenix back with under a minute to go in the third when she drained a three to cut the Firehawk lead down to 35-32. Freeman hit a jump shot one foot inside the three point line at the buzzer to end the quarter.

Cumberland found their rhythm in the fourth where they shot 58.3% from the floor. Jana Claire Swafford gave Cumberland full momentum with three minutes left in the game when she drained a deep three and followed it up with a jumper from the key giving the Phoenix a 47-44 lead. Tyra Johnson drained her only three of the game in clutch minutes to help keep the game in Cumberland's control. Johnson's three turned the game into a free throw game for the Phoenix as Cumberland went on to win 54-50.

Cumberland will be on the road Monday for the opening round of the Mid-South Conference tournament. The Phoenix await the remainder of the conference games to determine who they will face.