Cummins wins fifth MSC Player of the Week Award

Behind her fourth outing of at least 30 points or more of the 2019-20 season against Life (Ga.) and a week where she shot over 60 percent from the field, senior point guard Bailey Cummins was able to collect her fifth Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Award during the 2019-20 season — and her third in a four-week span — on Monday afternoon according to Mid-South Conference officials.

Cummins, who sits just one point away from hitting the 1,800-point plateau for her career, put together a splendid performance against the Running Eagles by scoring 17 of her 30 points in the second half of a 92-81 victory over Life and adding in seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals to boot for the contest in the 11-point win.

The senior floor general, who went 11-of-16 from the floor (68.7 percent) and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in the contest against Life, added in a 11-point, four-rebound, four-assist performance against Cumberland (Tenn.). Cummins shot 5-of-10 from the field, turned the ball over just twice in the contest for a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio, and helped lead SSU on a game-changing 36-9 spurt to turn a 37-all tie into a 73-46 lead before being subbed out with just over two minutes to play in the contest.

For the weekend, Cummins, who is second in the NAIA in total assists (162) and third in total scoring (523), played in 78 out of a possible 80 minutes during the two affairs. She also averaged three steals over the week to increase her steals per game to two for the year.

In addition to her top-five rankings in total assists and scoring, the Brooksville, Ky. native is fifth in the NAIA in assists per game (5.78), sixth in free throw percentage (89.4), and ninth in points per game (18.7).

For her career, the senior sits just four assists away from tying, and five away from breaking, Abby Feuchter’s all-time mark for assists in a career. Cummins’ 633 sits just behind Feuchter’s mark of 637. Cummins currently holds the all-time career marks for assists in a game (4.8) and free throw percentage (87.3), and is fourth in career points with her aforementioned 1,799-point total.

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