The women’s basketball program at Shawnee State utilized another excellent two-way effort from Brandie Snow (18 points, 10 rebounds), got 18 points from Bailey Cummins, and obtained double-figure outings from Anyia Pride and Carson Roney in a 76-70 over Lindsey Wilson Sunday to advance to the program’s sixth consecutive Mid-South Conference Championship Game.
Shawnee State (28-4) shot 40.6 percent from the floor and went 20-of-26 from the foul line as the Bears proved to be nails in the fourth quarter against Lindsey Wilson (26-6). The Bears also avenged both of their regular season losses to the Blue Raiders in Sunday’s victory.
First half balance gets SSU out and running
In an explosive first quarter, four players, including Brandie Snow, Bailey Cummins, Anyia Pride, and Sydney King, produced at least four points apiece in a crucial opening frame where Shawnee State outscored Lindsey Wilson by a 21-13 margin.
Carson Roney and Natalie Zuchowski added critical minutes and production in the second 10 minutes of action, with the pair combining for nine first half points including six from Zuchowski in a span of 7:51 off of the SSU bench. The duo, along with King and Pride, held forwards De’Asia Outlaw and Maleigha Oldham to 3-of-12 shooting in the first half, and just six points and four rebounds total in the first two stanzas of play.
Snow keeps the flakes coming in heavy fashion
When Lindsey Wilson cut Shawnee State’s nine-point first half lead (34-25) to a single point (47-46) late in the third stanza, it was Brandie Snow who, once more, delivered late.
With less than 10 seconds left, Snow jumped a Lindsey Wilson pass, threw the ball past the timeline to Abbie Kallner, and got the ball back from Kallner to finish a layup at the buzzer and put Shawnee State up by a 49-46 margin after three quarters of play. Snow then scored on Shawnee State’s opening fourth-quarter possession with 9:48 to play, and nailed a critical three-pointer off of a feed from Cummins in the middle of the floor to put the Bears back up by five, 55-50, with 8:11 to go.
To cap the game off, Snow wrapped around the backside for a critical offensive rebound on a pair of free throws that were split, resulting in Snow hitting the back end of her two free throws. Snow then forced a rushed Lindsey Wilson offensive possession that led to the sophomore winning the ensuing loose ball as she already called timeout with 20.1 left to give SSU possession with a five-point lead.
For the game, Snow’s 18 points and 10 rebounds on 6-of-15 shooting led all SSU players in all categories.
Rebounding, free throws prove to be huge
Lindsey Wilson came into Sunday’s affair ranked 14th in the nation in rebounding margin (plus-6.29) and 20th in three-point field goal percentage (33.9 percent) but Shawnee State stymied the Blue Raiders’ efforts on both fronts. The Bears outrebounded Lindsey Wilson by a 41-34 margin and forced the Blue Raiders into a 2-of-10 mark from three-point range to win the rebounding battle by a plus-seven margin and hold LWC to 20 percent from long distance.
In addition to Snow and Cummins, Pride’s 12 points and eight rebounds, along with Roney’s 11 points and six boards, allowed SSU to come away with the win.
No. 3-seeded Shawnee State will play No. 4-seeded Thomas More for all the marbles Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. CT/6:30 p.m. ET. A victory in the MSC Championship Game would mark SSU’s fifth in six seasons at that stage.
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