Jeff Nickel reached a career milestone on Thursday night, notching his 100th career victory as Shawnee State women’s basketball won big over Cumberlands (Ky.) 85-54.
The Bears and Patriots traded punches for most of the first quarter until Shawnee State went on a 12-2 run to end the period. From there it was all Shawnee State as the Bears would push the lead to 47-20 before halftime. Shawnee State led by as many as 37 in the second half, and would cruise from there to put away Cumberlands.
Jonessa Moore scored 32 points to lead the way for Shawnee State. The senior from Cincinnati was 10-17 from the field and 12-15 at the free throw line. Brandie Snow had 14 points and 10 rebounds to chip in with a double-double.
Kayla Bruner had 16 points to lead Cumberlands, with Megan Morton adding 15.
With the win tonight, Jeff Nickel became the fastest Shawnee State head coach to reach 100 career victories, achieving the milestone in 132 games, six faster than legendary predecessor Robin Hagen-Smith. Nickel, in his fourth full season as SSU head coach, is 100-32 overall since taking the program, including a 5-1 record as an interim head coach under Hagen-Smith.
With the win, Shawnee State improves to 21-2, and are 7-1 in the Mid-South Conference. Cumberlands fall to 10-10, and are 2-6 in the Mid-South after losing their fifth straight contest.
Shawnee State returns to action on Saturday for Homecoming when they host #22 Pikeville in a key Mid-South Conference matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00pm.