Slow start buries CU against Campbellsville
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Slow start buries CU against Campbellsville
Jessica Pace posted 10 points and nine rebounds in CU's loss to Campbellsville on Saturday. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland made just one of its first 14 shots from the field and was never unable to recover, dropping an 84-56 decision to fourth-ranked Campbellsville University Saturday in women’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Stephanie Martin and Tranisha Benton both scored 11 points and Jessica Pace added 10 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (4-3). Cumberland fell behind 18-4 in the first nine minutes of the game and shot just 31 percent in the first half. For her efforts Martin was named the Music City Star of the Game.

In the second half the Tigers (3-1) expanded the lead to as many as 30 points. Courtney Clifton led Campbellsville with 22 points while All-American Whitney Ballinger posted 21 points and 10 rebounds, including 14 points in the second half.

Clifton made four of the Tigers’ eight 3-pointers in the contest, while Melly Heaton added three trifectas for the visitors. Mackenzie Lee and Heaton both scored 11 points and Courtney Danis added 10.

Campbellsville jumped out early, taking an 18-4 advantage in the first nine minutes of the contest, as CU made just one of its first 14 shots from the field. The Bulldogs pulled as close as 25-14 after an Ashley Whitmore bucket with 7:30 left in the half, but the Tigers put together a 16-5 spurt the rest of the period led by a pair of 3-pointers from Heaton and five points by Davis.

Campbellsville took a 45-24 advantage into intermission, as Cumberland shot just 31 percent (9-for-29) from the field and committed 10 turnovers. Heaton led all scorers with 11 points while Danis and Courtney Clifton each added nine points in the half for the Tigers.

Cumberland hosts Bryan College on Monday, November 29 at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.