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Lady Pats' season ends with first round loss in NAIA Tournament

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) -- The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women’s Basketball Team’s season came to a much sooner than expected end on Wednesday morning as they fell to Baker University 74-61 in the opening round of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament.

Going in as a No. 6 seed in the tournament, the Patriot ladies didn’t have enough steam to hold off the strong play of the Wildcats’ guards, finishing out the season with a 19-11 overall record and 13-5 record in Mid-South Conference play.

The game was close the entire 40 minutes, with the Patriots remaining within striking distance until the final minute of play. However, in an attempt to lengthen the game, Cumberlands was forced to foul and look for three-point opportunities, resulting in the double-digit loss.

The Patriot ladies were led by Jill Herman (Powell, TN) who scored 15 points along with 6 rebounds, while Brooke Forsythe (Brunswick, OH) added 14 points, five rebounds, and two blocks. Lynnae Lampkins (Fort Washington, MD) was the only other Patriot who reached double-digit figures with 10 points.

Although the season wasn’t what the Patriot ladies had hoped it would be, there are many bright spots in Cumberlands’ future, with multiple players returning next season and the coaching staff on the pursuit of signing new faces for 2014-2015. The Patriot ladies will lose seven key seniors to graduation in May, including Jessica Upchurch (Stanford, KY), Jackie Alexander (Brodhead, KY), Julie Haye (Polo, IL), Erica Lane (Knoxville, TN), Jill Herman, Thali Rodrigues (Malmo, Sweden) and Lynnae Lampkins. The Patriot family is proud of the hard work, effort, and dedication these seniors have put forth over the years and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

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