College Sports

Former Bearcat Douglas playing big role in Cumberland's strong start on the court

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.