No. 9 SSU takes road victory over Cumberland (Tenn.)

The women’s basketball program at Shawnee State, after being locked in a 37-all tie with Cumberland (Tenn.), used a 36-9 second-half run, spearheaded by Brandie Snow, to pick up a 74-54 victory over the Phoenix on Saturday afternoon in a Mid-South Conference matchup that was held in Lebanon, Tenn.

No. 9 Shawnee State (24-4, 11-3 MSC) shot 26-of-51 from the field on Saturday en route to a 51 percent shooting mark, and posted 12 assists on their 26 made field goals to put four players in double-figures, including Snow (20 points, eight rebounds, two steals), Anyia Pride (15 points, five rebounds, three steals), Sydney King (14 points, five assists), and Bailey Cummins (11 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals). Snow shot 6-of-7 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line on her own accord — in the second half alone.

Throughout the opening half of action, the play of King and Pride proved to be huge.

The pair combined for all six points during a quick 6-0 run that helped SSU obtain a 11-7 lead after the opening quarter of action over the Phoenix, then teamed up to add in 11 more tallies during a 15-2 blitz over the first 5:41 of the second frame to push the Bears’ advantage to a 26-11 margin with 4:19 to play in the first half.

Over the next 10 minutes, Cumberland completely erased Shawnee State’s lead as the Bears were outscored by a 26-11 margin, allowing the Phoenix to tie the score at 37 apiece with 4:20 remaining in the third quarter of competition.

However, when Hagen Schaefer hit a massive three-pointer with 3:11 to play in the third quarter of competition upon her first minute of action in the contest, the trey, along with a second three-ball from Snow with 1:25 to go, proved to be big in a 12-3 SSU spurt that allowed the Bears to finish the quarter with a 49-40 advantage.

In the fourth frame, Snow completely took over matters.

The sophomore wing, who had just two points at halftime, went off for an 18-point second half barrage — with 10 of those points coming in the fourth quarter — to allow SSU to go on a massive 36-9 run, ultimately turning the 37-all tie into a 73-46 lead for the Bears with 2:08 remaining. At that juncture, the Bears subbed en masse as SSU cruised to the win by forcing 15 of Cumberland’s 23 turnovers in the second half of competition.

With the victory, No. 9 Shawnee State will turn its attention to its final pair of conference matchups, which will be held at Waller Gymnasium in Portsmouth. The first of those matchups will be a Thursday evening home affair against (RV) Cumberlands, Ky., which will commence at 6 p.m.

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