Big rebounding day carries Bulldogs
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Big rebounding day carries Bulldogs
Head coach Jeremy Lewis wore tennis shoes for Saturday's game against Mid-Continent, participating in Coaches vs. Cancer. (Credit Shauna Holman)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Jessica Pace posted 15 points and 10 rebounds for her third straight double-double, and two other Cumberland players scored in double figures in a 69-53 victory over Mid-Continent in women’s basketball action Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (10-11, 2-6 TranSouth) won their second straight contest in a game dominated on the boards by the home team. CU outrebounded the Cougars, 57-38, with Tamara Gonzalez grabbing 10 rebounds and Samantha Harper and Ashley Whitmore each adding eight caroms for the Bulldogs.

Cumberland also outscored MCU, 28-10, in the paint, including 18 in the second half and 13 second-chance points. Yalonda Davis recorded 15 points and Casie Cowan added 13 for CU. All nine Cumberland players who dressed scored at least one point. For her efforts Pace was named the Music City Star of the Game.

Stephanie Malone led the Cougars (0-21, 0-8) with 16 points, while Nicki Dewitt added 11 points. Heather George posted eight points and eight rebounds as well.

Both teams started very slowly, combining for 15 turnovers and just six field goals in the first eight minutes of the game. The Bulldogs broke out the doldrums after the first media timeout, putting together a 17-5 spurt over the next seven minutes, led by a pair of 3-pointers from Madison Pavan.

Cumberland extended to lead to as many as 17 points late in the period and led 30-19 at intermission. Pavan and Cowan each scored six points and Harper grabbed seven rebounds in the half as well for CU.

In the second half the Bulldogs scored the first 10 points before Mid-Continent finally got on board with a 3-pointer from George almost six minutes into the period. CU stretched its lead to as many as 21 points and the lead was never less than 14 the rest of the way.

Cumberland heads to Lyon College on Thursday for a 6 p.m. contest and returns home next Saturday, taking on fourth-ranked Freed-Hardeman at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.