Women’s Basketball host #14 Cumberland on Thursday Night

The Bears play their second straight top 25 opponent

Staff Report

Shawnee State women’s basketball began a crucial week on Thursday evening when they welcomed #14 Cumberland (Tenn.) to Portsmouth for a huge Mid-South Conference matchup.

The Bears are 19-1 so far this season, with a 5-0 record in the Mid-South Conference that put them in a first place tie with #4 Lindsey Wilson, who visited Portsmouth on Saturday. Shawnee State got a huge win over the past weekend, downing then seventh ranked Campbellsville 83-75 behind 31 points and seven rebounds from Jonessa Moore.

Cumberland brought a 13-4 record into Thursday evening, and sat in fifth place in the Mid-South Conference with a 2-3 league record. The Phoenix fell to #23 Pikeville 64-61 at home on Saturday.

Jonessa Moore continues to lead the way for Shawnee State, and is making a good case to be named MSC Player of the Year. The senior from Cincinnati is averaging 20.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game so far this year.

Shawnee State is also getting good production out of freshmen guards Brandie Snow and Bailey Cummins. Snow is averaging 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game, while Cummins has added 12.2 points and 4.3 assists per game. Meanwhile, Madison Ridout has provided steady production as well, averaging 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in a team-high 31 minutes played per game. Jen Arnzen is the fifth Bear in double figure scoring, averaging 10.3 points per game.

Cumberland is led by Nicole Bowers’ 16.1 points per game. Taliah Moore has added 13.1 points per game, with Julia Fox adding 10.7 points per game.

Shawnee State head coach Jeff Nickel is also of interest this week, as he finds himself two wins shy of 100 for his coaching career. A win on Thursday would give Nickel a shot at career victory number 100 on Saturday afternoon against Lindsey Wilson.

The Bears are 7-7 all-time against Cumberland after splitting the season series last year. Shawnee State won the game in Portsmouth 69-58 on January 16th before falling on February 11th 61-59 in Lebanon.

The game started at 6 p.m. As of press time, there was no final score. However, you can watch the game (and other SSU games) live with Dr. Steve Rader on Shawnee Sports Net, found at the following link: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/shawneest/

The Bears play their second straight top 25 opponent

Staff Report