Portsmouth, Ohio – Shawnee State women's basketball will try to clinch a share of the Mid-South Conference regular season championship on Saturday afternoon when they play at #19 Cumberland (Tenn.).
The Bears are 27-2 and are 12-1 in the Mid-South Conference. Shawnee State pulled even in the conference standings on Thursday night after thrashing #2 Lindsey Wilson 89-73 behind 19 points from Ashton Lovely (SO/Jamestown, Ohio).
Cumberland sits at 15-10 on the season and are 4-9 in the conference. The Phoenix were upset by Georgetown 69-56 on Thursday night.
Jonessa Moore (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) continues to lead Shawnee State in both scoring and rebounding. The senior from Cincinnati is averaging 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Moore had 10 points and six rebounds against Lindsey Wilson on Thursday night.
Three other Shawnee State players are also scoring in double digits. Madison Ridout (JR/Jackson, Ohio) leads the duo with 13.1 points per game, Brandie Snow (FR/Hartville, Ohio) has added 12.8 points per game, and Bailey Cummins (FR/Brooksville, Kentucky) is averaging 11.3 points and 3.8 assists per game.
Nicole Bowers is averaging 15.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game to lead Cumberland. Taliah Moore has added 13.4 points per game this season.
Shawnee State won the first matchup between the two teams earlier this season, winning 79-62 in Portsmouth. The Bears lead the all-time series against Cumberland 8-7.
The Shawnee State win on Thursday night over Lindsey Wilson gives the Bears the tiebreaker for the #1 overall seed in the Mid-South Conference tournament. Shawnee State would play Life in the first round if they are the #1 seed, with their opponent in the first round as the #2 seed still to be determined.
Shawnee State continues to have the best offense in NAIA Division I, leading the nation in scoring offense per game. The Bears average 89.9 points per game, over five points better than Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), who are second. The Bears are second in both field goal percentage (0.489) and three-point field goal percentage (.392).
Tipoff between the Bears and Phoenix is scheduled for 3:00pm Eastern Time. You can catch the action at Cumberland's Stretch Internet portal, found at this link: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/cu/.