LEBANON, Tenn. – Yalonda Davis scored 15 points and Stephanie Martin added 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench, as Cumberland opened a 30-point second half lead and cruised to a 65-45 triumph over Bryan College on Thursday night in Dayton, Tenn.
Davis led four players in double figures for the Bulldogs, going 6-for-8 at the foul line. Cumberland (6-3) made 18-of-24 free throws in the contest, including 12-for-17 in the second half.
Martin enjoyed her best game of the year, making 4-of-5 shots and grabbing five offensive boards.
Jessica Pace scored 13 points with six rebounds in just 15-plus minutes, as the sophomore has been battling illness all week and missed practice. Casie Cowan hit a pair of 3-pointers and also scored 10 points.
The Bulldogs forced 21 turnovers by the Lions (5-5), who did not have a player in double figures, though Morgan Burnette grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Cumberland jumped out with the first seven points of the game and led 18-5 eight minutes into the game after a Davis field goal. The Bulldogs put together a 13-0 spurt late in the half, including six points from Pace, for a 31-14 advantage at intermission.
A Kristi Landers 3-pointer five minutes into the second half gave CU a 24-point edge. Cumberland pushed the lead to 53-23 after a Tranisha Benton bucket with 9:26 remaining in the contest.
Cumberland hosts St. Catharine College on Saturday, December 11 at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center in its next contest.