Four-year WHS starter
Watertown High senior Bobbi Staats made it official Friday, signing scholarship papers with Lebanon's Cumberland University to continue her education and basketball career.
A four-year starter for the Tigerettes and a 1,000 point career scorer, Staats helped lead the Tigerettes to back-to-back seasons of 21-9 and 20-10.
Will take on Bethel in first round
INDEPENDENCE, MO -- No stranger to tough competition, Cumberland will take on No. 4-ranked Bethel tonight (Wednesday) in the opening round of the 36th annual NAIA Women's Basketball Championships.
Action tips at 8 p.m. at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Live play-by-play coverage can be heard online at www.gocumberlandathletics.com.
Tackling the 26-6 Lady Wildcats, CU comes in at 17-11 overall after a 61-52 loss to Lindsey-Wilson in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference tournament.
Women down No. 7 Shawnee State
LEBANON -- Cumberland University's basketball teams split a Mid-South Conference doubleheader Thursday evening at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center with visiting Shawnee State.
The CU women knocked off seventh-ranked Shawnee State in the opener while the men dropped a narrow 63-61 decision in the nightcap.
Both teams will be in action Saturday afternoon at home as MSC rival Georgetown College comes to town for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
Next home game set Feb. 11
MARIETTA, Ga. - Life University used a 13-4 run to open the second half and never looked back in a 92-71 victory over Cumberland Thursday night at The Eagles' Nest.
The Phoenix (10-13, 3-7 Mid-South) and Running Eagles (12-8, 6-5) were tied at 34 with less than two minutes left in the first half, but Life netted the final six points of the period and then started the second half with the 13-4 spurt, with Williams scoring six points and Dantzler adding four during the stretch.
Player of the Week
LEBANON -- Cumberland's Bre Neal was voted the Mid-South Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday after posting her fourth double-double of the season at Middle Georgia State in CU's only game.
The Memphis native posted a career-best 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds along with three assists and three steals in a 75-68 win over the Knights. The senior hit 7-of-12 shots and was 5-for-6 at the foul line.
Running Eagles outgun CU 102-98
LEBANON -- Life University nailed a dozen triples and Dalarian Williams netted a game-high 27 points in a 102-98 victory over Cumberland Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Phoenix (9-12, 2-6 Mid-South) shot 59 percent from the field and hit nine 3-pointers, but Life put together a 22-7 spurt to end the first half and then held off CU in the second period.
Two MSC home games up next
Coming off the Thanksgiving break, Cumberland 12-ranked women's basketball team tuned up for a tough two-game of Mid-South Conference stretch with a 64-41 home win over Fisk Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Nashville native Nicole Bowers scored a season-high 21 points in just 24 minutes to lead the onslaught.
Hickerson posts double-double
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- Cumberland University imroved to 4-1 on the season following Tuesday night's 70-63 win over Oakwood at the Ashby Auditorium.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to host Martin Methodist 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Brown has 19 in Wednesday's win
LEBANON -- Mark Brown made both ends of the 1-and-1 with 2.9 seconds remaining and DeQuan Bond collected steals on consecutive possession to preserve Cumberland's 78-74 victory over Oakwood University Wednesday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (2-0) blew a 12-point halftime lead in the first five minutes of the second half, with two 3-pointers from Jordan Riley and another by Michael Middleton giving the Ambassadors (3-3) their first lead of the game at the 15:11 mark.
Former LHS standout headed to CU --
Cumberland University women's basketball coaches Jeremy Lewis announced the signing of Murray State transfer and Lebanon native Julia Fox this week to scholarship papers for the 2015-16 season. Fox has two years of eligibility remaining.
The 5-foot-8 guard spent the last two seasons at Murray State, averaging 7.6 points as a freshman and 4.5 points while shooting 40 percent from 3-pint range this past year.
Fason nails last-ditch three --
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Jalita Fason hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining and paced Cumberland with 18 points in a 59-56 victory over 22nd-ranked University of Pikeville on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Women's Basketball Championships in Frankfort, Ky.
With the win the Bulldogs (16-11) advance to the semifinals on Saturday to face third-ranked Campbellsville University at 1 p.m. Central Time.
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