No. 7 Bears fall to No. 14 Blue Raiders

The women’s basketball program at Shawnee State got a 20-point, four-assist outing from Brandie Snow, 15 points and nine rebounds from Anyia Pride, and 14 points apiece from Marnae Holland and Bailey Cummins, but the Bears allowed the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders’ women’s basketball program to shoot 58.8 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the three-point line as SSU fell to Lindsey Wilson, 87-77, in a Mid-South Conference contest at Biggers Sports Center in Columbia, Ky. on Thursday evening.

Shawnee State (17-2, 4-1 Mid-South) shot 52.2 percent from the floor, but were outrebounded by a 30-28 margin and committed 19 turnovers as a unit. Lindsey Wilson’s ability to penetrate into the teeth of the defense also held the No. 7 Bears back despite obtaining a shooting stroke that was six percent above its average coming in.

Outside of a 4-0 start to begin the contest, Shawnee State wasn’t able to generate a great deal of momentum as the Bears spent most of the half playing from behind.

Down by a 21-9 margin after the opening quarter due to committing eight turnovers, Bailey Cummins’ craftiness allowed the Bears to claw back as the senior scored eight points while Anyia Pride added in four on her own accord to allow SSU to cut the gap to a 34-27 margin with 4:10 to play. However, Shawnee State wasn’t able to draw any closer as the Bears were outscored by a 10-2 margin to end the half, allowing Lindsey Wilson to take a 44-29 lead at the halftime break.

Trailing by as much as a 56-39 deficit midway through the third quarter of action, Shawnee State went on its most spirited run of the half as a 7-0 run put the Bears within 56-46 after an and-one by Brandie Snow, a bucket from Marnae Holland off of a steal, and a steal from Holland that led to a Bailey Cummins bucket inside. Despite the second half spurts from Snow and Holland, who combined for 26 points over the final two stanzas, Shawnee State was never able to cut the lead below nine points in the second half as Reagan Turner’s 30 points led five double-figure scorers in Lindsey Wilson’s victory.

Cummins added five assists, four rebounds, and four steals from her point guard position while Pride added in three steals and Holland four rebounds for Shawnee State, who had its nine-game winning streak snapped.

The Bears will be back on the road at Campbellsville on Saturday afternoon. Game time is at 2 p.m.

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