LEBANON, Tenn. – Jessica Pace scored 12 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Casie Cowan and Tamara Gonzalez each added 10 points, as Cumberland held on for a 50-48 victory over Fisk University in women’s basketball action Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn.
Cumberland (9-11) stopped a four-game losing streak with the victory, a game that included 28 percent combined shooting (31-for-111) between the two teams. The Bulldogs made 6-of-18 from 3-point range but were just 12-for-46 (26 percent) on two-point shots.
The contest also featured seven ties. Fisk never led in the game and Cumberland’s biggest lead came at 24-17 midway through the first half. Cowan missed the front end of a 1-plus-1 in the final five seconds, but Fisk’s shot from well beyond the 3-point line barely hit the backboard, preserving the victory for Cumberland.
CU was just 4-for-10 at the foul line in the second half, missing opportunities to put the game out of reach. Raona Stowers led Fisk with 19 points, including 12-of-16 at the foul line, along with four assists, and Latrona Yancey added 10 points.
Fisk scored the first five points of the game, but CU netted 11 of the next 13 points to take an 11-7 advantage. Ashley Whitmore converted a pair of old-fashioned three-point plays during the stretch.
Cumberland reeled off seven straight points midway through the period to take a 24-17 lead, but Fisk scored 11 of the final 15 points of the half, as the teams headed to intermission tied at 28.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Gonzalez and Tranisha Benton midway through the second half gave the Bulldogs a 40-34 edge, and Cumberland maintained at least a three-point lead until the final seconds.
Cumberland returns to TranSouth Conference action Saturday, hosting Mid-Continent at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.