Portsmouth – Jonessa Moore scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead No. 6 Shawnee State women’s basketball to a 79-62 win over No. 14 Cumberland (Tenn.) on Thursday night.
The Bears and Phoenix would trade multiple leads in the first quarter, with four ties and four lead changes in the quarter. Neither team led by more than four in the quarter, with Shawnee State finally taking a 23-21 lead on a buzzer-beating layup from Brandie Snow.
Cumberland would tie the game at the beginning of the second quarter, and again with 1:04 left in the half, but an SSU bucket would put the Bears up for good. The Bears would push their lead to 10 with 6:30 remaining in the third quarter, and would hold an eight point lead at the end of the quarter after Cumberland couldn’t capitalize on free throws. Shawnee State would then put the game away in the fourth quarter, ending the game on a 15-4 run.
Jonessa Moore’s 26 points and 11 rebounds were both game-highs. The senior center from Cincinnati’s double-double was achieved going 12-16 from the field. Brandie Snow and Madison Ridout both chipped in with 15 points.
Nicole Bowers was the only Cumberland player in double figures, with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Shawnee State women’s basketball coach Jeff Nickel earned his 99th victory on Thursday night. Nickel, in his fourth full season as head coach, will go for his 100th win on Saturday afternoon against #4 Lindsey Wilson.
With the win, Shawnee State improve to 20-1 overall and keep pace with Lindsey Wilson with a 6-0 Mid-South Conference record, tied for first in the league. Cumberland fell to 13-5, and are 2-4 in the Mid-South.
The Bears end a crucial stretch in the Mid-South race on Saturday afternoon when #4 Lindsey Wilson comes to town for the NAIA National Game of the Week. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00pm.