GEORGETOWN, Ky. — The women’s basketball program at Shawnee State was able to rally from two seven-point deficits — including a 53-46 third-quarter margin — en route to taking home a 72-62 victory over Georgetown in a Mid-South Conference contest on Thursday at Reid-Davis Alumni Gymnasium in Georgetown.
In the win, No. 7 SSU (20-3, 7-2 Mid-South) clinched their 13th consecutive 20-win season.
The Bears forced 17 turnovers in the second half of play, turned a minus-three rebounding advantage into a plus-three margin (43-40), and received 15 second-half points from Bailey Cummins in turning the tide on the affair.
Despite the halftime deficit, the play of Natalie Zuchowski, who posted eight points and two rebounds on a perfect 4-of-4 first-half shooting, and Carson Roney, who scored seven straight Shawnee State points in the third quarter, were critical for a second straight affair as the duo kept Shawnee State within three to four possessions over the duration of the second half.
In the fourth quarter, the defensive pressure of Cummins, along with the play on that end of the floor by Brandie Snow and Bethany Mackin, were instrumental in the Bears flipping the script.
Shawnee State outscored Georgetown by a 28-11 margin in the final frame, with Snow, who added 11 second-half points, and Cummins’ aforementioned 15 second-half markers on 5-of-7 shooting heading up the winning effort.
Overall, Cummins’ 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals led the Bears, while Zuchowski finished with 12 points, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals to help lead SSU offensively.
Roney (11 points, eight rebounds) and Snow (11 points, two steals) joined Cummins and Zuchowski in double figures.
Shawnee State will return to action on Saturday afternoon when the Bears host Thomas More in a contest sponsored by Cole Kirby & Associates.
Game time commences at 2 p.m.
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