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LWC Women's Basketball 72, Cumberland 53 in MSC Tournament
Chanel Roberts led the Blue Raiders with a game-high 19 points. Click on headline for story with photo(s)
Next: Lindsey Wilson Women's Basketball vs. Cumberlands (KY) at 3pmCT/4pmET, Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Kentucky Convention Center, 405 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY
By Chris Wells, LWC Sports Information Director
FRANKFORT, KY (Thu 02 Mar 2017) - Lindsey Wilson women's basketball used an 18-3 run over the final 5:43 to sprint past Cumberland (TN) 72-54 in the Mid-South Conference Tournament Quarterfinals on Thursday at the Frankfort Convention Center.
The second-seeded Blue Raiders (29-1) advance to Saturday's semifinals where they face Cumberlands (KY), winner over Campbellsville University, 62-59, in the final quarterfinal game on Thursday.
After trailing 50-42 at the end of three quarters, Cumberland (15-12) trimmed the Blue Raider lead to 54-50 on a three-point play by Terra Pryor with 5:34 left in regulation.
Mid-South Conference Player of the Year Kayla Styles opened the Lindsey Wilson run with a basket to extend the lead to six (56-50) and Heidi Huffman connected on a 3-pointer 31 seconds later to give the Blue Raiders some breathing room.
During the run, Lindsey Wilson hit 6-of-9 shots from the field while Cumberland managed to close the game with one make in six tries with three turnovers. The Phoenix ended the game with 19 turnovers that the Blue Raiders turned into 18 points.
Chanel Roberts led the Blue Raiders with a game-high 19 points. She added a team-high seven rebounds while contributing four assists and two steals. Styles joined Roberts in double figures with 15 points.
Cumberland's Nicole Bowers and Julia Fox each scored 16 points to lead the Phoenix.
With its 29th win, Lindsey Wilson sets a program record for wins in a season -- besting last season's 28-win performance.
After six lead changes in the opening six minutes, the Blue Raiders took the lead for good on a layup by Teanna Curry with 3:49 left in the opening quarter. Curry ended the game with seven points.
Lindsey Wilson extended the lead to 15-9 at the end of the first quarter and led 32-23 at the intermission.
The Blue Raiders grabbed their first double-digit lead midway through the third period on a pair of Styles free throws.
Cumberland refused to go away. The Phoenix trailed by eight at the end of the third and trimmed the lead to four before the Blue Raiders closed with the decisive run.
Styles aided in the Blue Raiders producing a 31-8 advantage off the bench. Courtney Sandlin made all four of her shots for eight points in a reserve role.
This story was posted on 2017-03-03 03:31:29
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