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LWC RICHARDSON, STYLES CARRY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PAST CUMBERLANDS | Blue Raiders

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WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Career-high scoring efforts by Kayla Richardson and Kayla Styles lifted No. 2-ranked Lindsey Wilson women’s basketball past Cumberlands (Ky.), 79-64, on Thursday night at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.

Richardson scored 23 points against the Patriots (12-13, 3-9 Mid-South Conference) and tied the program single-game record with seven made three pointers. The senior guard now shares the distinction with Joni Britt, who hit seven three pointers against Spalding (Ky.) on Jan. 8, 2000.

Styles recorded her 12th double-double of the year with a 30-point, 10-rebound effort. The junior from Louisville, Kentucky made nine of her 14 shot attempts while going 11-for-13 from the free-throw line. Styles becomes Lindsey Wilson’s first 30-point scorer since Teanna Curry scored 30 against Campbellsville (Ky.) last season.

Cheyenne Madden led the Patriots in scoring with 22 points.

Lindsey Wilson (25-0, 11-0 MSC) won the game from the three-point line and charity stripe. The Blue Raiders made a season-high 11 threes in the game – shooting 55 percent from deep. LWC also enjoyed a sizeable 18-8 edge in made free throws.

The Blue Raiders overcame a 7-0 deficit to lead 23-18 after a first quarter that featured several swings of momentum. Lindsey Wilson trailed 7-0 after two minutes and come up empty on its first three possessions – missing two shots and committing one turnover.

On the other end of the floor, Cumberlands made three of its first four attempts, including one from three-point range.

Following a Lindsey Wilson timeout, Richardson sparked a 9-0 run with a made three pointer. The senior finished the first quarter with nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from deep.

A Chanel Roberts layup gave Lindsey Wilson its first lead of the night – 9-7 with 5:47 remaining in the quarter.

After trading runs, the two teams traded jabs as the Blue Raiders’ lead fluctuated between one and seven points with Lindsey Wilson taking a 23-18 lead into the second quarter.

The Blue Raiders shot 43.8 percent from the floor during the first 10 minutes of play, were perfect from the three-point arc (3-of-3) and made six of their eight free throw attempts.

Curry extended the lead with a made three-pointer just a minute into the second quarter. The Patriots then got a basket back, but Courtney Sandlin responded with a three-pointer to put the Blue Raiders ahead 31-20 with 7:30 to play in the half – their largest lead to that point.

The 11-point margin would not last long as Cumberlands went on an 8-0 run, pulling to within three points with 4:10 remaining.

Richardson’s fourth three-pointer of the night returned momentum to the Blue Raiders, who rebuilt a 40-32 lead going into the intermission.

The Blue Raiders continued their hot start from behind the three-point arc – shooting 4-of-8 from deep in the second quarter.

The two teams played to a draw in the third quarter, and Lindsey Wilson took a 60-52 lead into the final period of play.

Styles scored 12 of her team’s 20 points in the third quarter. The junior reached the charity stripe eight times in the period, making six of her free throws.

Richardson chipped in with six points in the third quarter and continued her three-point barrage with two more makes from beyond the arc.

The Blue Raiders found separation late in the fourth quarter – out-scoring the Patriots 19-12 in the final period.

Lindsey Wilson led 67-56 with 4:52 remaining in the game and held that double-digit lead for the remainder of the game – making three of its last five shot attempts.

The Blue Raiders continue their season on Saturday when they travel to No. 22-ranked Pikeville (Ky.). Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.

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