Phoenix ladies stand 12-2 overall
NASHVILLE -- Taliah Moore tied a season-high with 23 points and Jailen Murphy posted 17 as Cumberland raced out to a 25-point lead early in the second quarter and never looked back in an 80-68 victory over Fisk University in women's basketball action Saturday at Henderson A. Johnson Gymnasium.
The contest marked the first for the Phoenix (12-2) in 21 days and begins a stretch of six games in 14 days, including four in the next eight days.
Cumberland hosts fourth-ranked Lindsey Wilson Monday, Jan. 9 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center, the first of three straight home games for CU. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
Moore netted 15 of her 23 points in the first half and Murphy scored 10 in the first five minutes of the contest.
Cumberland jumped out to a 16-6 advantage less than five minutes into the game and led 28-11 after one period. CU netted the first eight points of the second period and never looked back from there, leading 51-24 at the half.
Lashae Brown recorded 19 of her game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter for Fisk, which outscored the visitors, 27-12, in the period.
She made three 3-pointers in the quarter and also netted 10-of-16 attempts at the foul line in the contest. Brown added six rebounds, four assists and three steals as well.
Khadijah Alexander was the only other Fisk player in double figures with 12 points.
Terra Pryor collected 11 points off the bench for Cumberland and Julia Fox made three triples for nine points for CU. Janisha Lindsey finished with seven assists and Kaitlin Oliver added five helpers in the victory.
Murphy hit a pair of 3-pointers and netted 10 points during Cumberland's 16-6 spurt to open the contest. Moore posted 8-of-10 points during one stretch of the first period and CU made 12-of-20 field goals to take a 28-11 advantage.
The Phoenix collected the first eight points of the second quarter to increase the lead to 36-11. Pryor made a pair of baskets as well as a 3-pointer midway through the period and Moore added five more points before a triple from the wing by Fox sent Cumberland to the locker room with a 51-24 advantage at intermission.
Moore led all scorers with 15 points and Murphy recorded 12 for CU, which shot 56 percent from the field in the half. Cumberland also scored 19 points off 13 Fisk turnovers.
Brown and Alexander paced the Bulldogs with seven points apiece and Jada Jones netted five off the bench for Fisk.
Fox started the third period with a 3-pointer and Moore made a layup and a 15-footer to increase the CU lead to 62-26 with 6:37 left in the quarter.
Cumberland failed to score for more than four minutes, with Fisk scoring 10 straight points.
Kerrice Watson's field goal ended the drought for the Phoenix and Murphy and Moore both scored for a 68-41 lead to end three quarters.
(men) Cumberland 90, Fisk Univ. 79
NASHVILLE -- Diondrey Holt, Jr. scored 10 points early in the second half and a total of 25 for the game while Jamonte Graham added 19 to pace Cumberland to a 90-79 victory over Fisk University Saturday, Jan. 7.
The Phoenix (7-6) went on an early 11-5 run in the opening half, with three points from Holt, Jr., and DeQuan Bond including a basket from Graham and a good free throw.
Fisk (1-13) made a comeback scoring 10 consecutive points off a jump shot from Magic Harris and Fisk would continue to extend their advantage as Joshua Madison hit his first 3-pointer of the game making the score, 18-14.
Two triples from Graham wouldn't be enough as Fisk's Walter Arnold responded with two 3-pointers staying on top, 26-21 at the 7:54 mark.
Scores from Holt, Jr., Graham, and Cameron Johnson helped the Phoenix make a comeback and knot the score at 33.
Adison Millers' jump shot gave the Bulldogs their lead once again, but four points from Holt, Jr., and a triple from Trenton Perry put the Phoenix back in the lead, 44-37. A layup from Johnson sent the squad into the half, leading 46-44.
Holt Jr., and Rhyan Townes posted 10 points in the second half while the Bulldog's David Patton recorded 14.
Cumberland shot 85.7% from the line in the second period.
Holt, Jr., sent the Phoenix on an early 10-7 spurt in the second, putting Cumberland up by seven at the 15:16 mark. A basket from Patton and two good free throws from Walter helped the Bulldogs pull within six.
Perry's 3-pointer and a jump shot from Bond, followed by two free throws from Graham extended the Phoenix lead by nine.
Six points from Johnson gave Cumberland their largest lead of the match, 82-68 with 3:44 remaining.
A combined effort behind the offense with points from Graham, Townes and Johnson with a final layup within the last second concluded their 90-79 victory.
The Phoenix host the University of the Cumberlands Thursday, January 12 at 8 p.m.