Men's Basketball

No. 8 Cumberlands women plow through No. 15 Georgetown 72-42

WILLIAMSBURG — Snow fell outside the O. Wayne Rollins Center here Thursday.

The avalanche, though, came inside.

Cumberlands buried Georgetown 72-42 in a meeting of top-15 teams playing for first place in the Mid-South Conference.

The eighth-ranked Lady Patriots (15-1, 5-0 MSC) extended their winning streak to 13 games. They haven't lost since Nov. 12.

No. 15 Georgetown fell to 12-5 and 5-1.

"I think we played well, definitely," Cumberlands Coach Melissa Irvin said. "But we have been playing well the last few games. We'd been really inconsistent at the beginning of the season. We'd have five minutes of greatness and five minutes of mediocrity.

"The last couple of games and the last week of practice, we've really started to be consistent in our game."

Cumberlands outrebounded the Lady Tigers 50-25 and led by as many as 37 points.

The difference also showed in shooting accuracy. Cumberlands finished 28-for-67 (41.8 percent) to Georgetown's 16-for-54 (29.6 percent).

Lauren Wombles, a 6-foot senior, led the Patriots blizzard with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Dace Bicane added 17 points and seven boards.

Haley Ratliff chipped in with six points and 11 rebounds, while Jade Howard had seven points and eight assists.

Afterward, Irvin was all smiles when she walked into the locker room.

"I finally said 'great game!'" she said. "I think they were all surprised because we keep harping on all the things we can get better at. I think this team really has a good chance to go a long way this year."

Georgetown led 2-0 and 4-2, but quickly fell behind by double digits.

Wombles and Bicane combined for all the home points as the Patriots broke out to a 16-6 lead.

Wombles scored eight points in a 13-0 run that pushed the lead to 32-14.

Leading 32-16 at intermission, Cumberlands delivered a quick knockout punch by scoring the first 11 points of the second half — seven by Wombles and four by Bicane.

Devon Golden led Georgetown with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Notes

■ Coaching staffs for both teams were barefoot, in support of a "Barefoot for Bare Feet" program aimed at raising funds and merchandise to provide socks and shoes for children in Southeastern Kentucky.

■ The teams will have a rematch Feb. 16 at Georgetown.

■ Cumberlands will face another ranked foe Saturday, playing host to No. 9 Shawnee State.

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