The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's Basketball team bounced back nicely on Thursday night after falling a few days earlier to the #5 team in the nation, Campbellsville University. Facing an athletic and aggressive Bluefield Rams squad, the Patriots used tough-nose rebounding along with a new defensive zone to capture an 81-71 win. With the victory, the Patriots move to 9-6 overall and 4-2 in Mid-South Conference (MSC) play.
Although Cumberlands were without two starters due to various issues, the Patriot ladies refused to let it show, with multiple players stepping up to the challenge and having outstanding performances. As a team, the Patriots out-rebounded the Rams 28-26, while accumulating 9 steals and 2 blocks.
Cumberlands was led by senior Jill Herman (Powell, TN) who scored a season-high 24 points while grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. Julie Haye (Polo, IL) added 20 points of her own on the night, while Jackie Alexander (Brodhead, KY) chipped in 15 points and 3 rebounds. Erica Lane (Knoxville, TN) had an overall stellar performance scoring 10 points, ripping down 7 rebounds, and coming away with 6 steals. While each Patriot worked hard together to accumulate another win, it was perhaps Thali Rodrigues' (Malmo, Sweden) leadership and defensive presence that sparked the emotional win. Drawing 4 charges last night as well as keeping the team in control offensively, Rodrigues' effort to do the little things gave the Patriots momentum in the second half, never looking back. In the past two games, Rodrigues has accumulated 8 charges, proving her strength and toughness in the backcourt.
The Patriot ladies will look to keep their home record perfect this season, as they host the Pikeville Bears on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 2:00 pm.
For more information on the Patriot Women's Basketball program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.