Late dry spell sends CU to defeat
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Late dry spell sends CU to defeat
Tranisha Benton scored 10 points off the bench for the Bulldogs in Saturday's loss to Trevecca. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland surged ahead with six minutes left in the game but did not score another field goal the rest of the way and dropped a 61-54 decision to rival Trevecca Nazarene on Saturday in women’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (8-8, 1-3 TranSouth) missed its final four shots of the contest and committed three turnovers over the final 6:14 of the contest after Jessica Pace’s layup gave the Bulldogs a 52-48 advantage. Pace’s two free throws with 2:23 remaining were the only points for CU during the stretch.

Trevecca (6-9, 3-1) took advantage of the dry spell, with Kristin Majors completing an old-fashioned 3-point play to put the Trojans ahead for good, 53-52, with 5:24 left in the contest. Majors added a jumper and TNU made four straight free throws before Majors went back to the line with 37 seconds remaining.

The following sequence was a microcosm of the game for Cumberland, as Majors made the first foul shot but missed the second. TNU tracked down the long rebound and Majors was fouled again. She missed the first and the second, but a lane violation gave her another chance, and she made the third for a 61-54 TNU advantage.

The difference in the game came at the foul line, where Trevecca made 13-of-20 and CU was just 9-for-19. The Trojans also scored 15 second-chance points, taking advantage of 11 offensive rebounds.

Majors led the Trojans with 19 points, 11 in the second half, and seven rebounds off the bench. Rachel Raby was the only other Trojan in double figures, netting 10 points.

Casie Cowan led the Bulldogs with 12 points and Tranisha Benton added 10 points. Pace added nine points and 10 boards off the bench. CU played the final 8:47 of the contest without Yalonda Davis after she was hit under the right eye after taking an inadvertent elbow from TNU’s London Elie. For her efforts Pace was named the Music City Star of the Game.

Trevecca scorched the nets in the first half, shooting 54 percent, and took advantage of a size differential in the lane, with Elie coming off the bench to score seven points. TNU posted a 14-8 advantage in the paint and led by as many as nine late in the period after two free throws from Raby.

But the Bulldogs hung tough, hitting six 3-pointers in the period, including two each from Benton and Tamara Gonzalez. Cowan beat her defender in the lane for a 12-footer just before the halftime buzzer, putting CU down just 34-31 at intermission.

Cumberland hosts 10th-ranked Bethel University on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.