January 28, 20231st2nd3rd4thFinal
Shawnee State2020162177
Stats at a GlanceSSUCU
FG Percentage.484 (31-64) .397 (25-63)
3P FG Percentage.333 (7-21) .357 (5-14)
FT Percentage.667 (8-12) .643 (9-14)
Offensive Rebounds913
Defensive Rebounds2825
Total Rebounds3738
Bench Points726
PointsTanisia Murphy - 26
Keara Sexton - 14
ReboundsMarnae Holland - 7
Abby Morgan - 7
AssistsKam Elzy - 14
Keara Sexton - 5
StealsKam Elzy - 2
Markayla Holland - 2
Jana Claire Swafford - 2
BlocksMarnae Holland - 2
Myajae Eubanks - 1
Britany Miller - 1
Abby Morgan - 1
Cumberland falls at home 77-64 to Shawnee State University
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Cumberland falls at home 77-64 to Shawnee State University
(Keara Sexton scores 14 points in Cumberland's loss. Credit: Nicole Carey)

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Shawnee State's trio combined for 60 points to defeat Cumberland women's basketball 77-64 at the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.

Cumberland (11-11, 7-10 MSC) battled the whole game but struggled to score in the final minutes of play to fall behind big late.

The Phoenix shot 39.7% from the floor while draining five threes in the game. Cumberland won the battle in the paint, outscoring the Bears 30-22 down low. 

Keara Sexton was the lone Phoenix scorer with double-digits, scoring 14 points while collecting five assists and two rebounds. Jana Claire Swafford and Myajae Eubanks recorded eight points off the bench.

Shawnee State shot an impressive 48.4% from the floor with three different scorers reaching double figures.

Tanisia Murphy's 26-point performance led the Bears the whole way. She shot 50% from the floor and added five boards. Marnae Holland scored 19 points and Kam Elzy recorded a double-double with 15 points and 14 assists.

The Phoenix got off to a hot start in the first quarter, building an early 9-4 lead on three layups followed up by a three from Abby Morgan. The Phoenix held onto their lead until midway through the quarter when the Bears made back-to-back threes to take a 14-11 lead. Cumberland played from behind the rest of the quarter but Tierra Davis cut their deficit to 20-17 on a buzzer beater to end the period.

Swafford scored the first six Phoenix points of the second period to help retake the lead at 23-22. Shawnee State regained their lead with an 8-0 run before Lauren King shut it down with a huge three. Both teams traded baskets the rest of the half but Tanisia Murphy recorded a layup in the closing seconds to send Cumberland to the break trailing 40-35.

Cumberland got off to a slow start in the second half, falling behind by ten points three minutes into the third. Sexton helped rally a 7-0 Phoenix run with a pair of free throws and a three to cut the Bears lead to 49-46. Later in the quarter, Brittany Miller recorded back-to-back layups but the Phoenix still found themselves trailing 56-51 heading into the final quarter of play.

Cumberland's offense made their first four shots to start the fourth quarter but they still found themselves trailing 66-60. The Phoenix struggled the rest of the way only scoring four more points in the game to lose 77-64.

Cumberland women's basketball will be back in action on the road February 4th to take on Tennessee Southern.