The Trevecca women's basketball team (3-7) snapped a two-game losing streak Thursday evening, knocking off The University of the Cumberlands (8-6) 50-48 in the opening game of the annual Rosa Stokes Classic hosted by Cumberland University.
The lead changed hands five times in the first six minutes, before the Trojans took an 11-10 lead on a 3-pointer by Chelsey Taylor with 14:13 left in the opening half. From there, Trevecca pulled away to a nine-point advantage on a Heather Miller layup with 6:43 left until halftime. But the Patriots chipped away, finishing the half on a 12-6 run to cut the Trojan lead to 27-24 at the break.
Trevecca continued to maintain the lead through the early stages of the second half, before the Patriots were able to take their first lead since the early going at 40-38 on a pair of free throws by Stephanie Quattrociocchi with 8:30 to play. But the Trojans came right back, going ahead 41-40 on a bucket by Rachel Raby with 7:06 left. From there, the Trojans pushed the lead back to 47-42 on a Kristin Majors layup with 2:32 left, and were able to hold on for the win.
"All I know is that we just beat the No. 18 team in the country," said Coach Gary Van Atta. "We might not win many games with 50 points, but we'll win a lot if we hold our opponents to just 48."
The Trojans shot 34% from the field, 25% (3-12) from 3-point range, and 66% (19-29) from the free throw line. Cumberlands shot 37% for the game, 32% (6-19) from 3-point range, and 71% (10-14) from the charity stripe.
Chelsey Taylor led the Trojans with 13 points, and added five rebounds and three steals. Former Lebanon High standout London Elie was the only other Trevecca player in double figures with 10 points. The Patriots' Lauren Wombles led all scorers with 18 points, and also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Coach Van Atta added, "We are young and inexperienced at several key positions. Now we just have to keep improving, but we'll enjoy this win."
Trevecca will play NAIA Division II No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan (12-2) on Friday at noon.