LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland started slowly in both halves and was never able to recover, dropping a 63-44 decision to Lyon College on Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center in the conference opener for both teams.
The Bulldogs (7-6, 0-1 TranSouth) fell behind 22-8 in the first half but scored seven straight points before the half and trailed by 11 at intermission. But the Scots (9-4, 1-0) put together a 10-3 spurt to start the second period and never looked back.
Cumberland did not have an answer for Lyon’s K.K. Hodges, who posted a game-high 25 points along with 12 rebounds. Phagen Altom added 11 points for the Scots, while Debbie Onukwube pulled down 11 boards off the bench. Lyon shot 52 percent from the floor for the game and outrebounded the Bulldogs, 43-21.
Jessica Pace and Yalonda Davis both scored 12 points for CU. The Bulldogs committed just 11 turnovers in the contest, but just couldn’t put the ball in the basket, shooting 34 percent from the field and only 47 percent at the foul line (7-for-16). For her efforts Davis was named the Music City Star of the Game.
Once again Cumberland started slowly, falling behind 22-8 in the first 12 minutes of the contest. Lyon made 10 of its first 15 shots from the floor while the Bulldogs were ice cold, hitting only 5-of-19. The Scots pushed the lead to 16 with 6:29 left in the half after a Christine Smith jumper.
CU was able to cut into the deficit with better play on the defensive end, forcing Lyon into 10 first-half miscues. Pace made a 3-pointer and Tamara Gonzalez and Pace added buckets, but the Bulldogs were unable to get closer than nine points. Altom made two free throws just before the break to give the visitors a 33-22 advantage.
Cumberland plays at sixth-ranked Freed-Hardeman Saturday at 2 p.m. and travels to Blue Mountain next Thursday for a 6 p.m. tip-off before returning home Saturday, January 15 to take on rival Trevecca Nazarene at 2 p.m.