The Shawnee State women’s basketball program emerged victorious on day two of the NAIA Rotary Classic, defeating No. 7 Westmont (Calif.), 63-48, at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee.
The Bears and Warriors both shot poorly in the first quarter. SSU only collected on 8.3 percent of its shots from the floor, with Hannah Miller (JR/Coal Grove, Ohio)’s three with 5:04 to go in the period being the only basket for the Bears in the first. Lydia Poe (JR/Jackson, Ohio) hit a pair of free throws about a minute later, but Lauren McCoy’s shot near the basket put Westmont up again, with the Warriors leading 8-5 after one.
Down 13-9 in the second quarter, Shawnee State took the lead for the first time on the afternoon by going on an 8-0 run, sparked by a three from Bailey Cummins (SO/Brooksville, Kentucky). Cummins continued to lead the charge, getting two more baskets late in the period to push the Shawnee State lead out to five. Madison Ridout (SR/Jackson, Ohio) then scored the final basket of the half as time expired to give SSU a 22-15 lead on Westmont heading into halftime.
Shawnee State started the third quarter on a 14-2 run, with Madison Ridout hitting a three to start the period. The Bears led by as many as 22 in the third, with Madison Ridout and Shania Massie (JR/Greenfield, Ohio) each hitting buckets to extend the lead to that margin before settling for a 43-29 advantage after three quarters of play.
The two teams then traded baskets in the fourth quarter as Shawnee State looked to close out the win. Lauren Tsuneishi scored through a foul by Cummins and hit the free throw to cut the lead to 53-42, but the Warriors weren’t able to get any closer. Shania Massie responded with an immediate three to push the lead back to 14, and the Bears would see the game out to return to Portsmouth as 63-48 winners.
Bailey Cummins led all scorers with 23 points and added nine rebounds and six assists in the win. Madison Ridout added 12 points for SSU. In addition to scoring in double digits twice over the weekend, Ridout recorded her 1,000th career point on Friday against Columbia.
Joy Krupa had 14 points to lead Westmont, followed by 10 points from Lauren McCoy.
The win improved Shawnee State’s record to 7-3 on the year. Westmont fell to 3-3. The game was the first between the two teams, with SSU now leading the all-time series 1-0.
The Shawnee State women’s basketball program returns to action on Wednesday when the Bears return home to face Ohio Christian at Waller Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Cummins named MSC Player of the Week
Behind her 23-point, nine-rebound, six-assist effort, Cummins was named as the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.
In addition to the aforementioned effort that allowed Shawnee State to claim a 63-48 victory over No. 7-ranked Westmont (Calif.), Cummins collected 17 points, three rebounds and three assists against No. 16 Columbia (Mo.) on Friday afternoon to push Shawnee State to a 91-55 win over the Cougars.
For the weekend, Cummins was 14-of-19 from the field — a 73 percent mark — and shot 77 percent (7-of-9) from behind the three-point line. Cummins was perfect at the free throw line, going 5-for-5 for the weekend.
The award is the first for Cummins in her career and the first for Shawnee State this season. No team in the Mid-South Conference has had multiple player of the week awards so far.
Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – School
Kennesha Nichols (Life)
Kayla Styles (Lindsey Wilson)
Jaime Castle (Pikeville)
Savannah Gregory (Campbellsville)
Bailey Cummins (Shawnee State)