WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — The No. 12-ranked Shawnee State women’s basketball team got 21 points on high efficiency from Carson Roney — and were able to get nine points apiece from Abbie Kallner and Bethany Mackin — but after leading for 28:25 of the contest’s first 28:41, couldn’t withstand a late rally from Cumberlands (Ky.).
The host Patriots went on a 12-5 fourth-quarter spurt to regain the lead and keep control for good — as the Bears fell 70-63 to the Patriots on Saturday afternoon in Williamsburg, Ky.
Shawnee State, which led by as many as 11 points during the contest, held Cumberlands (Ky.) to 36.5-percent shooting and forced 20 turnovers, but also turned the ball over 20 times on its own end — and were outrebounded by a plus-13 margin (48-35) on the glass.
Roney immediately got Shawnee State (16-5, 10-5 MSC) off and running, scoring seven of SSU’s first 13 points en route to giving the Bears a nine-point lead (13-4) with 5:17 to play in the opening quarter.
By the beginning of the second frame, Cumberland (13-4, 9-4 MSC) had cut Shawnee State’s lead to a single point at 15-14 — but Roney, Kallner and Marnae Holland responded in a big way.
From the 9:01 to 5:17 marks of the second frame, the aforementioned trio scored or assisted on every bucket in a 12-2 spurt that allowed Shawnee State to take its largest lead of the contest at 27-16.
Kallner, in particular, came up with huge timely buckets by draining two threes in the run — while Roney added a third trey, allowing SSU to lay claim to a 33-28 halftime lead.
The trio continued to do damage early in the third quarter, scoring six of Shawnee State’s 10 points to give the Bears a 43-37 lead with 3:25 to play, but the tide began to shift as Carla Covane became increasingly active.
Covane scored each of Cumberlands’ last six third-quarter tallies, allowing the Patriots to knot the score at 45 apiece at the end of the frame.
Down by a 47-45 margin with 9:46 remaining, Hagen Schaefer came off the bench to drain a three-pointer with 9:39 left to give Shawnee State the lead back — and Roney added in another conversion with 8:55 to go to put the Bears up by three (50-47).
However, following Roney’s basket, the Bears struggled to score.
Over the following 5:20, Shawnee State connected on just one field goal, allowing the subsequent 12-5 run by Cumberlands as the Patriots took a 59-55 advantage with 4:20 remaining.
That advantage held until the 3:35 mark when SSU attempted a quick rally, scoring four straight points off buckets by Roney and Bethany Mackin to tie the score.
However, Cumberlands closed the game out with a 9-1 push — and only allowed one additional field goal over the final three minutes to send the Bears home in defeat.
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