The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's Basketball team faced their biggest challenge of the season on Saturday afternoon: themselves. Due to nagging injuries over the past couple of weeks, the Patriot ladies found themselves only 7 players deep as the Hornets of Morris College visited the O. Wayne Rollins Center. While most teams would have crumbled under the pressure, the Patriots banned together and put out one of the most impressive performances of the season defeating the Hornets 97-31.
Cumberlands jumped out to a quick lead from the beginning and never looked back, shooting a solid 55% from the field while dishing out a season high 28 assists. While the offense rolled through the opponent, the Patriots' defense seemed to cover every inch of the floor, tallying an exciting 20 steals and out-rebounding the Hornets 45 to 20.
To say the win was an all-around team effort would be an understatement as 4 Patriots reached double-digit scoring and season high statistics. The Patriots were led by Jackie Alexander (Brodhead, KY) and Ashley Mullins (Totz, KY), both finishing the day with a double-double a piece. Mullins scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Alexander chipped in 22 points and 12 rebounds. Jill Herman (Powell, TN) was had an outstanding performance herself, just missing a double-double with 18 points, 9 assists, and 5 steals. Stephanie Salyers (Somerset, KY) came off the bench for the Patriots with enthusiasm scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds, while the rest of the Patriot ladies all contributed over 5 points on the night.
With the victory, the Patriots now move to 8-2 on the season as they travel to Nashville, TN on Dec. 15th to battle Trevecca Nazarene University. Tip-off is set for 3:00 pm.
For more information on the Patriots women's basketball team as well as other Patriot athletics, visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article by Stephanie Quattrociocchi, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Graduate Assistant