The Cumberland University Bulldogs have won eight of their first nine basketball games with former Rock Hill High School guard Thomas Douglas helping lead the way.
A 5-foot-11 senior, Douglas is second on the team in scoring at 13.1 points a game. He's 12th in the TranSouth Conference scoring race.
Douglas' best scoring performance for the Lebanon, Tenn.-based Bulldogs came in a 94-92 victory over Bluefield when he tossed in 26.
The Bulldogs' lone loss was a 64-62 decision to Oakwood College of Huntsville, Ala.
Douglas leads the Bulldogs in assists, averaging 3.1 a game.
The Bulldogs are 2-0 and in second place in the TranSouth Conference and return to action Friday when they host Fisk (Tenn.).
n ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM: Former Lancaster High School basketball guard Miteka Truehart has seen limited playing time as a freshman for UAB's Blazers (2-6).
The 5-9 Truehart has played in seven games and is averaging almost one rebound and one point per game.
Truehart averaged 11.5 points, six steals, 5.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists a game as a senior at Lancaster last year. She was voted co-player of the year in Region 3-AAAA. She also played in the Carolinas All-Star Classic.
• COLUMBIA: Merrissa Witherspoon and Emmie Bland are turning in strong sophomore basketball seasons for the Fighting Koalas.
Witherspoon (Indian Land High School) and Bland (Chester High School) are the second- and third-leading scorers, respectively.
The 5-7 Witherspoon is averaging 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds. She has hit double digits in scoring four times with a season-high of 17 against Voorhees.
The 6-foot Bland is averaging 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. She scored a season-high 16 against Reinhardt and grabbed 13 rebounds versus Allen.
• ERSKINE: The Flying Fleet get a break from the basketball competition for Christmas break, not returning to action until Jan. 3 against North Greenville.
Coach Mark Peeler's team is 1-5 overall and 1-2 in Conference Carolinas play.
Jay Boulware, a 6-4 junior from Chester High School, is averaging 6.2 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Flying Fleet.
Meanwhile, ex-Rock Hill High School guard Victor Street Jr., a 5-10 junior, is averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds.
• GEORGIA TECH: Senior defensive tackle Vance Walker (Fort Mill High School) and his Tech teammates are headed to a postseason bowl.
Walker, a first-team All-ACC selection, and the Yellow Jackets meet LSU in the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. The game will be televised by ESPN (Cable channel 25 in Rock Hill) at 7:30 p.m.
The 6-2, 293-pound Walker was instrumental in the Yellow Jackets' 9-3 re- cord. Walker had 33 total tackles in 11 games. He had 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.
• WINSTON-SALEM ST.: Coach Dee Stokes' Lady Rams are off to a tough start.
The Lady Rams fell to 0-8 after Saturday's 64-44 loss to South Carolina State as Stokes, a former Winthrop assistant, saw four of her players sidelined with injuries.
Ex-York Comprehensive High School Lady Cougar Toya Mobley is a 5-11 sophomore who has appeared in four games, averaging a rebound and 0.5 points a game.
The Lady Rams are idle until Dec. 20 when they entertain Liberty.