Cummins sets assist record in Bears’ win


In a historic day for the women’s basketball program at Shawnee State, Bailey Cummins broke Abby Feuchter’s school’s career assist record, while leading Shawnee State to a lead that the Bears kept throughout the last 36 minutes of the contest in a 75-55 victory over Cumberlands on Thursday at Waller Gymnasium in Portsmouth.

Cummins, who finished the game with 18 points and six assists, now has 639 dimes for her SSU career — two more than Feuchter, the Bears’ preceding point guard who also was a four-year starter.

The Bears (25-4, 12-3 MSC), which put three players in double figures in the contest, actually did their best work on the defensive end of the floor by holding the Patriots (19-8, 6-7 MSC) to just 29.2-percent shooting from the field.

Shawnee State also posted nine steals.

Offensively, SSU posted 17 assists on its 28 made field goal attempts, which allowed the Bears to shoot 42.4-percent from the floor and 38.9-percent from three-point range.

Shawnee State, which trailed 7-4 early on, utilized back-to-back three-pointers from Bethany Mackin and Cummins to take a lead that the Bears wouldn’t relinquish.

The Patriots, which stayed within a possession of SSU despite the deficit, cut the lead back down to a 12-11 margin, but Cummins — who scored 11 of her 18 points in the first quarter of play — scored six consecutive points for the Bears, including a runner that dropped at the horn to put Shawnee State ahead by a 21-18 count.

In the second frame, Carson Roney’s production proved to be paramount.

The junior forward scored 12 of Shawnee State’s 18 points by attacking the glass in her 13 minutes of first-half action.

Ultimately, Roney posted 12 points and five rebounds in the second frame alone — en route to 12 tallies and nine boards for the half, and allowed Shawnee State to push its advantage to a 39-28 count at the halftime break.

Cumberlands cut the lead to under double digits with a Silvia Veloso basket with 7:22 to play in the third quarter, but from there, Shawnee State stifled the Patriots the rest of the way — as the Bears built their advantage to 49-34 after Cummins buried a three-pointer.

From that point forward, the game was never in doubt — and Cummins, who tied the assist record early in the third frame on a low-post feed to Anyia Pride, found Pride in the right corner again for her 638th assist — a three-pointer by the sophomore — to break Feuchter’s all-time career record with 6:52 to go in the game.

That put Shawnee State up by a 64-46 margin in the process, as the Bears built their lead up to as much as 73-52 before cruising to the impressive 20-point win.

Behind Cummins’ 18 points and six assists, Pride’s 17 points; Roney’s 14 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals; Brandie Snow’s 11 points, five assists and four rebounds; and Sydney King’s 10 rebounds led the Bears in their 20-point victory.

With the victory, No. 9 Shawnee State will turn its attention to its final Mid-South Conference and regular-season contest against Pikeville, which will be held at Waller Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 29.

The contest, which starts at 2 p.m., will also serve as Senior Day for both the women’s and men’s basketball programs.

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