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Cumberland athletes sweep MSC awards

Marquel Hickerson

Cumberland University athletes swept the Mid-South Conference Basketball Players of the Week Awards -- announced Monday by the league office.
    
Redshirt sophomore Katie Smith was voted the MSC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday, averaging 23.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in a pair of conference victories over the weekend.
    
The Murfreesboro native netted a career-best 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting and was 6-for-8 at the foul line in a 97-89 win at the University of Rio Grande last Thursday.
    
On Saturday at 11th-ranked Shawnee State, the Blackman High graduate registered 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, as Cumberland erased a 10-point second-half deficit en route to a 79-68 win.
    
She did most of her work after the break, scoring 15 points with six boards and four assists in the second half. It marked just the second double-double in 30 career outings and her first since January 12, 2012 at Blue Mountain College.
    
Smith connected on 66 percent of her shots in the pair of road wins for the Bulldogs in her most significant action in almost two years. She missed all of last year with a knee injury. She is averaging 12.5 points while shooting 64 percent from the field, which ranks second in the conference and fifth in the NAIA. Her 7.2 rebounds per game are 10th best in the Mid-South this season.

Hickerson earns men's honor
Freshman Marquel Hickerson, Tullahoma, was named Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

The 6-2 guard led Cumberland to a pair of MSC road victories last week, averaging 21.5 points and eight rebounds per game.

Hickerson scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed eight boards in a 74-48 victory over Shawnee State University on Saturday. This included a strong 5-for-7 performance from behind the arc.

Two days before, Hickerson dropped 14 points and a team-high eight caroms en route to a 74-72 win at the University of Rio Grande. He went 5-of-9 from the field, including hitting 2-of-4 from 3-point range.

The Bulldogs are off to a 6-0 start for the first time since the 2003-04 season with a chance to remain perfect on Tuesday in a road contest against Mid-Continent University at 7 p.m. CU follows with an exhibition matchup against NCAA Division II Delta State on Saturday in Cleveland, Miss. at 4 p.m.

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