The women’s basketball program at Shawnee State claimed its fourth straight victory, and its eighth win over the last nine games, with a 84-77 triumph over Pikeville on Saturday afternoon as part of Senior Day, sending senior standouts Bailey Cummins and Sydney King off of the Waller Gymnasium floor with a win in the home finale for the SSU women.
Shawnee State, who clinched more victories this season than last with the win, moved to 7-2 in 2019-20 in contests decided by single digits. Of their 26 victories, 21 of them have come by double-digits.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Shawnee State was out-rebounded by a massive plus-19 margin on the glass as Pikeville’s Brianna Burbridge posted a 26-point, 16-rebound effort on her own, but SSU made up for that margin by posting 14 assists on 27 made field goals and committing just seven turnovers in the contest. Defensively, Shawnee State forced Pikeville into 17 turnovers as a unit.
- As a team, Shawnee State put together a crucial effort from the free throw line. In the second half alone, the Bears went 15-of-16 from the charity stripe en route to going 20-of-28 from the free throw line. SSU only had 14 free throw attempts — and hit 11 total — at Pikeville.
- Up one (70-69) with 4:46 to play, SSU completely changed the tide of the game for good with an 8-0 run over a span of 2:10. Brandie Snow — who scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter — notched six points during that spurt alone as UPike never came closer than five the rest of the way.
- Anyia Pride’s (20 points) ability to score inside proved to be huge. The sophomore forward from Shawnee State posted her third 20-point outing — her best outing of the 2020 calendar year, and posted seven assists and three assists while shooting 8-of-12 from the floor.
- Cummins capped off her home career with another outstanding performance en route to her 12th 20-point outing of the 2019-20 season. The senior point guard matched Pride with a team-best 20 points, led Shawnee State in assists (five) and steals (three) and added in four rebounds to boot.
- Two true freshman stepped up with big minutes tonight as Bethany Mackin’s 11 points, along with a key 16-minute effort from Abbie Kallner, helped spark SSU’s winning performance. Mackin, who shot 4-of-7 from the field, made several quick and precise decisions on both ends of the floor that were huge in the victory while Kallner’s on-ball defense was also big in the seven-point win.
CUMMINS CONTINUING TO CLIMB
- With her 20 points on Saturday, Cummins continues to put distance between herself and the rest of the top-10 in scoring. The senior point guard now sits with 1,837 points to her name — just 130 points back of third-place Alannah Sheets’ 1,967. Sheets was inducted into the Shawnee State Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this month. The senior built on her career assist lead and now has 644 assists for her career.
SYDNEY KING KEEPS KRASHIN’
- King, the fellow senior in the lineup, posted a nine-point, seven-rebound outing on Saturday. The senior’s six defensive rebounds led the way for SSU.
SIENNA KING GETS HER DUE
- A key member of the 2017-18 Mid-South Conference Championship women’s basketball unit, Sienna King was honored in front of the home crowd on Saturday. She helped lead Shawnee State to 56 victories as an effective forward for SSU before medically retiring following the 2018-19 season.
- Shawnee State earned the No. 3 overall seed in the Mid-South Conference Tournament, which will begin on Friday, March 6 in Bowling Green, Ky. The Bears will play No. 6-seeded Cumberlands (Ky.) at the MSC Tournament. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET.
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