Cumberland (15-12) trailed 32-23 at the half and 50-42 to end the third period. Baskets by Kayla Richardson and Kayla Styles pushed the Lindsey Wilson (29-1) lead to 10, but Terra Pryor netted six straight points for the Phoenix, including a 3-pointer and an old-fashioned 3-point play, pulling CU within 54-50 with 7:20 remaining.
Cumberland hit just 1-of-9 shots and committed three turnovers the remainder of the contest. The Blue Raiders did not score for 3:35 until a Styles layup at the 5:33 mark started the final stretch.
Heidi Huffman’s 3-pointer from the left wing and a 16-footer from Courtney Sandlin added to the spurt for LWC. Chanel Roberts netted four free throws, part of her game-leading 19-point performance, and another layup for Styles pushed the lead to 67-53, putting the game away with 1:17 to play.
Nicole Bowers and Julia Fox each netted 16 points to lead the Phoenix and Pryor scored all nine of her points in the fourth quarter. Cumberland committed 19 turnovers in the loss, which the Blue Raiders turned into 18 points.
Styles finished with 15 points for Lindsey Wilson, 10 in the second half, and Richardson collected nine.
Neither team started quickly from the field, with the Blue Raiders holding a 6-5 lead at the first media timeout before putting together a 9-0 spurt. Teanna Curry’s old-fashioned 3-point play started the run and Roberts added a pair of buckets. Taliah Moore scored in the final minute for Cumberland, but the Phoenix trailed 15-9 at the end of 10 minutes.
Cydney Goodrum’s layup plus a free throw and a basket by Bowers cut the deficit to 17-14 early in the second period, but a pair of 17-footers by Sandlin pushed the LWC lead back to seven.
Bowers netted her fourth field goal of the quarter with 1:55 left before the half, but Styles scored her first points of the game for the Blue Raiders on a drive to the hoop and another basket by Roberts put Lindsey Wilson ahead, 32-23, at intermission.
Bowers posted 13 of the team’s 23 points on 6-of-10 shooting while the rest of the club made only 4 of 19 from the field. Cumberland also committed nine turnovers, which the Blue Raiders turned into eight points. Roberts posted eight points and Curry added seven for LWC.
Malerie Martin’s basket early in the third period gave Lindsey Wilson a 35-26 advantage, but baskets by Bowers and Fox pulled CU within five. Again Cumberland could not sustain the momentum, with LWC reeling off six straight points, including two field goals by Roberts, its largest lead of the game until the final minute.
Fox’s jumper and four free throws from Kerrice Watson helped get CU within seven again, but Richardson drilled a wide open triple and a basket by Styles put the Blue Raiders up by eight with 10 minutes to play.