Billy Mangum, Sports Information Director
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Life University women’s basketball team was unable to overcome a slow start in the first half and fell in the Mid-South Conference opener to No. 9 Shawnee State, 76-48, Thursday night.
Sydni Tears led the Running Eagles (0-1) offensively with a team-high 13 points. She added five rebounds with a pair of assists and steals.
Cheyenne Daphney also finished in double figures with 12 points. She tallied eight rebounds and a steal as well.
Shawnee State (7-0) jumped out early in the first quarter, as the Bears led the Running Eagles 20-8 after the first ten minutes. Life U continued its defensive pressure to minimize Shawnee State in the second quarter, however the Running Eagles trailed 38-18 at the half.
Life U responded in the second half as they cut the lead to single-digits (9) with 3:15 left in the third quarter as Edeh connected with the put-back. The bucket ended a 9-1 run for Life U (42-33). Shawnee State ended the third on an 11-3 run to head into the fourth ahead 53-36.
The Bears closed out the game with a 22-12 advantage in the fourth quarter to earn the 76-48 win over the Running Eagles.
The women’s basketball team will return to action on Saturday, November 21, as they continue Mid-South Conference and face No. 14 Thomas More at 2 p.m. on the road.