No. 7 Bears win foul-fest over No. 21 Saints


By Jacob Smith - jsmith@aimmediamidwest.com



Shawnee State sophomore guard Brandie Snow led the Bears with a game-high 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists in their 89-78 win over Thomas More College in Mid-South Conference play.

Shawnee State sophomore guard Brandie Snow led the Bears with a game-high 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists in their 89-78 win over Thomas More College in Mid-South Conference play.


Courtesy of SSU Athletics

PORTSMOUTH — This year’s Shawnee State women’s team continues to prove they can win in a myriad of ways.

In this case, nine of the thirteen Bears on coach Jeff Nickel’s roster played at least nine minutes of game action in Saturday’s 89-78 win over No. 21 Thomas More College (Ky.) while each Bear saw time on the court.

“I thought our team did a great job of being ready to play,” Nickel said. “We had to play a lot of different people due to the foul situation. Thought our kids came in and did a great job of executing our game plan in a game where it was kind of hard to get into a flow and rhythm.

12 of SSU’s 13 players made their way into the scoring column while having four double figure scorers led by Brandie Snow’s 20 points and six rebounds, Carson Roney’s 15 points and eight rebounds, Bailey Cummins’ 15 points and five assists and Aniya Pride’s 11 points and three rebounds.

81 foul shots, 62 combined personal fouls, and a combined 32 turnovers (18 for the Bears) were the key statistical figures to describe their 11-point decision over the Saints, but it also continues to show just how diverse of a team this year’s Bears squad it.

SSU was able to establish an early lead, hold off the Saints multiple comeback attempts, and hold their opponent to just 35.5% from the field above to improve to 21-3 (8-2 Mid-South).

“You’ve got to give Thomas More a lot of credit,” Nickel said. “They fight and grind, it’s a reflection of coach Jeff Hans how his players fight. But really happy with our kids, grinding out that game especially in the third and fourth quarter. We did a good job of holding on, Brandie Snow and Bethany Mackin did a great job of stepping in with Bailey (Cummins) getting her fourth foul in the third.”

SSU had multiple leads of double-digits in their win over the Saints with the highest their lead reached being 16 points on more than one occasion. The Saints managed to take the lead just once — with 4:23 left in the first quarter.

Thomas More would cut SSU’s lead to just one at 44-43 in the third quarter, but an 18-2 run from the Bears would quickly end the Saints’ chances of evening things up.

Shawnee State will take a few days off from game action before continuing their homestead in two Mid-South Conference double-headers: Thursday, February 6th versus Campbellsville University and Saturday, February 8th versus Lindsey Wilson College.

“Continuing to work on our defense, working on rebounding the ball,” Nickel said. “And just continuing to execute down-the-stretch. Shot selection, understanding time to score. Really happy with our kids, really with the way we’re playing right now.”

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TMC 13 24 24 17 — 78

SSU 24 20 24 21 — 89

Thomas More 78 (16-7, 5-5 Mid-South)

Emily Schultz 4 5-7 13, Courtney Hurst 5 0-0 13, Zoie Barth 2 6-8 10, Kaela Saner 1 4-4 7, Briana McNutt 3 0-0 8, Hayden White 2 2-4 6, Jules Howard 0 0-0 0, Summer Secrist 0 0-0 0, Lucy Carrigan 2 0-0 5, Trinity McDowell 0 0-0 0, Syarra Sellers 2 0-0 5, Kaylin Burdick 1 3-4 5; TOTALS: 22 26-37 78; Three-point field goals: 8 (Hurst 3, McNutt 2, Saner, Carrigan, Sellers 1 apiece)

Shawnee State 89 (21-3, 8-2 Mid-South)

Aniya Pride 4 3-3 11, Sydney King 2 2-2 6, Brandie Snow 6 7-9 20, Bethany Mackin 0 1-3 3, Bailey Cummins 2 11-13 15, Carson Roney 5 4-8 15, Evelyn Oktavec 1 0-0 3, Abbie Kallner 1 0-0 3, Marnae Holland 1 0-0 2, Alex Ochman 1 3-4 5, Hagen Schaefer 0 0-0 0, Natalie Zuchowski 1 0-0 2, Leah Wingeier 2 0-2 4; TOTALS: 26 33-44 89; Three-point field goals: 4 (Snow, Roney, Oktavec, Kallner 1 apiece)

Shawnee State sophomore guard Brandie Snow led the Bears with a game-high 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists in their 89-78 win over Thomas More College in Mid-South Conference play.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/02/web1_Brandie-Snow-_-SSU-TMC-1.jpgShawnee State sophomore guard Brandie Snow led the Bears with a game-high 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists in their 89-78 win over Thomas More College in Mid-South Conference play. Courtesy of SSU Athletics

By Jacob Smith

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