The Shawnee State women’s basketball program earned its third straight victory last Wednesday, using a big second half to overwhelm Ohio Christian, 72-45.
The Bears struggled in the first quarter, trailing Ohio Christian for much of the period. Bailey Cummins (SO/Brooksville, Kentucky) hit a three to put Shawnee State up 9-6, but a 7-0 Ohio Christian run capped by a Danika Mann bucket would see the Traiblazers take a 13-9 lead. Shawnee State then went on a 5-0 run to end the quarter, with Madison Ridout (SR/Jackson, Ohio)’s layup with 31 seconds to go putting the Bears up 14-13 to end the period.
Shawnee State began to pull away in the second quarter. Sienna King (FR/Shelby, Ohio) scored five straight points to put SSU up 23-17 with 6:32 to go to halftime. The Bears held Ohio Christian, and eventually pulled ahead by double digits with a three by Cummins and a pair of long threes by Ashton Lovely (JR/Jamestown, Ohio), including one at the buzzer. The Bears led Ohio Christian 39-25 at halftime.
The second half started with a 7-0 run by Shawnee State, capped by Shania Massie (JR/Greenfield, Ohio) scoring through a foul by Montrail Roberts. Cummins scored through a foul herself and hit a free throw to put SSU up by 24 points, with SSU eventually taking a 56-35 lead after three. A Cummins three in the fourth put Shawnee State up 31, and the Bears cruised the rest of the way to win 72-45.
Bailey Cummins had 18 points to lead Shawnee State. Madison Ridout added 17, Sienna King had a career-high 11 and Ashton Lovely had 10.
Chloe Baird had 13 points to lead Ohio Christian. Montrail Roberts added 12.
The win improves Shawnee State’s record to 8-3 on the season. Ohio Christian fell to 6-2.
Shawnee State returns to action on Friday, Dec. 8 when they host Brewton-Parker (Ga.) to begin the Shawnee State Classic. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
SSU MSOC, VB, WSOC put six players on NAIA Scholar-Athlete teams
The Shawnee State women’s soccer, volleyball, and men’s soccer programs put six players on Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete units on Friday.
Jenny Campbell (SR/Chillicothe, Ohio), Adrianna Johnson (JR/Clarksville, Ohio) and Michaela Garner (JR/Heath, Ohio), Brianna Weight (SR/Piketon, Ohio), Madison Knipp (JR/Beaver, Ohio), and Aaron Mazurkiewicz (JR/Vincent, Ohio) all brought home the NAIA’s highest academic honor. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be a junior or senior, be in at least their second full season of competition for their institution, and must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 over the course of their academic careers.
The award is the first for five of the six players, with Wiget earning the award in the second time in as many seasons eligible. Campbell wins the award in her second year of eligibility for it, with Garner and Johnson winning in their first year.
The three Bears named NAIA Scholar-Athletes on the women’s soccer side ties the most for SSU in a single season, which was also set in 2006, 2014 and 2015. Shawnee State had one more player win the award than last year, when Heather Hencye and Mara McGee won the award.
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