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LWC Women's Basketball extends perfect season to 24 wins

Strong finish helps No. 4 Lindsey Wilson Women's Basketball hold off No. 15 Cumberland, 66-58 before hometown crowd of 512 in attendance at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY.
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By Charles Balcom, Lindsey Wilson Athletics

COLUMBIA, KY (Thu 9 Feb 2017) - The fourth-ranked Lindsey Wilson women's basketball team kept the perfect season alive as the Blue Raiders held off an upset-minded, No. 15-ranked Cumberland (TN) team 66-58 on Thursday night at Biggers Sports Center.


With the scored tied at 55-55 with under four minutes to play, the Blue Raiders (24-0, 10-0 Mid-South Conference) closed things out on an 11-3 run over the final three minutes and 41 seconds to come away with the win. Cumberland (15-7, 4-6 MSC) went 1-for-5 with a turnover in that same stretch, the lone basket coming via three pointer in the waning seconds of the game.

The victory extends the program-record win streak to 24 for the Blue Raiders, and sets a new program record for most-consecutive home wins at 14 dating back to last season. LWC has now won five straight in the series with Cumberland, taking a 16-15 overall lead.

Kayla Styles, the reigning NAIA National Player of the Week, notched her conference-leading 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 16 rebounds, but had to do so on 4-of-17 shooting. Chanel Roberts led Lindsey Wilson with 18 points, while Teanna Curry also finished in double figures at 11. Kayla Richardson matched a season high with six assists.

Shooting struggles plagued both sides as Lindsey Wilson and Cumberland each failed to reach the 40.0 percentage mark. Lindsey Wilson shot 38.7 percent, while Cumberland hit 37.5 percent for the game.

It was an opening quarter to forget for both teams as they combined to shoot 6-for-31 in the first 10 minutes of play, each team making three baskets from the floor. Lindsey Wilson led just 6-2 after a bucket by Courtney Sandlin at the 4:44 mark. Cumberland surged ahead with a 9-0 run to take an 11-6 lead. A three pointer by Roberts at the 1:06 mark accounted for the final score of the quarter as the Phoenix led 11-9.

Cumberland continued to lead early in the second until the Blue Raiders rolled off eight-straight points after trailing 15-13 to take a 21-15 advantage following a Kayla Richardson three pointer with 5:45 left in the half.

Another basket by Roberts pushed the LWC lead to 27-19 at the 2:46 mark, but that would be the final basket of the half for Lindsey Wilson as the Blue Raiders went 0-for-4 with a turnover on their final five possessions. Conversely, Cumberland completed the half on a 7-0 run to cut the Blue Raider lead down to a single point at 27-26.

Lindsey Wilson shot 30.3 percent from the floor in the first half with a pair of threes while Cumberland shot 31.0 percent with a trio of threes. The Phoenix made all five of their free throw attempts. Lindsey Wilson owned the rebounding advantage 27-18, including nine offensive, turning those into eight second-chance points.

Cumberland scored the first basket of the third quarter to retake the lead, but Lindsey Wilson answered on the ensuing possession to take it right back. With the scored knotted at 34-34, Heidi Huffman drained a three from the corner to put Lindsey Wilson ahead at the 5:20 mark. A Richardson gave the Blue Raiders a five-point advantage, but Cumberland once again had an answer as they closed out the quarter on a 7-2 run to tie the score at 41-41.

The two teams exchanged baskets in the fourth quarter until the 55-55 tie. Lindsey Wilson pulled ahead after a pair of Roberts free throws and Curry fought for a defensive rebound and drove coast-to-coast for a layup. After a Cumberland miss, Roberts banked in a pull-up jumper as the shot clock dwindled to make it 61-55. Another Phoenix miss led to a Styles pulling in an offensive rebound before being fouled and sinking both free throws. A final Billie Hearn basket completed the run before Cumberland's last three pointer.

Nicole Bowers led all players with 19 points, missing out on a double-double by one rebound. Julia Fox added 10 points in the loss.


This story was posted on 2017-02-10 02:00:34
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