Bulldogs not able to overcome cold shooting
Friday, November 5, 2010
Bulldogs not able to overcome cold shooting
Ashley Whitmore netted 11 points and eight rebounds in CU's loss at Georgetown College on Friday. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland cut a 10-point deficit to three with three minutes to play but Georgetown College pulled away for a 62-51 victory over the Bulldogs in women’s basketball action Friday night in the Habitat Classic in Georgetown, Ky.

Freshman Casie Cowan led Cumberland (1-1) with 17 points and six rebounds and Ashley Whitmore posted 11 points and eight boards. Jessica Pace grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds but went just 2-for-15 from the field and finished with eight points.

The two teams combined to shoot just 31 percent from the floor (39-for-124). Georgetown outrebounded the Bulldogs, 52-44, in the contest.

Mikkah Rogers led three double-digit scorers for the Tigers (1-0) with 17 points. Kourtney Tyra netted 15 points, including 10-of-13 at the foul line, while Jessica Waddle posted 13 points.

Cumberland trailed 48-38 after a turnover and a bucket by the Tigers with just under eight minutes left, but the Bulldogs battled back and trailed only 52-49 with 2:49 remaining after a bucket from Pace. She missed the free throw and Rogers nailed a 3-pointer from the corner, her only trifecta attempt of the contest, on the Tigers next possession.

Georgetown scored 10 of the game’s final 13 points, starting with the Rogers 3-pointer.

The first 14 minutes of the contest saw four ties and four lead changes until Georgetown scored eight straight points for a 24-16 advantage. Gina Beining and Waddle each scored four points during the stretch and the Tigers took a 28-20 advantage at intermission.

A Rogers free throw and Waddle bucket to open the second half quickly gave the Tigers a 31-20 lead. But the Bulldogs responded with a 10-1 spurt, with Whitmore netting four points and Cowan’s bucket capping the run with CU trailing 35-34.

Georgetown came back with a 13-4 run to push the lead to 48-38, with Tyra scoring seven of the points, including a 3-pointer. Whitmore and Cowan both scored four points to get the deficit back to three, but Beining and Rogers both made field goals and Tyra hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 20 seconds to ice the contest.

Cumberland concludes action in the Habitat Classic on Saturday at 1 p.m. Central Time against Midway College.