NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cumberland University committed a season-high 29 turnovers and scored just six of the final 30 points of Saturday’s contest at rival Trevecca Nazarene University as the Bulldogs dropped a 70-40 decision at Moore Gymnasium.
Cumberland (11-13, 3-8 TranSouth Conference) shot just 28.6 percent from the floor, its second-lowest of the season and gave up 38 points off of the turnovers. The Bulldogs gave the ball away 19 times in the second half, including on nine of 11 possessions during one stretch.
Yalonda Davis scored a team-high 10 points for the Bulldogs, while Jessica Pace led CU on the glass, grabbing seven rebounds. For her efforts Davis was named the Music City Star of the Game.
The Bulldogs trailed by seven at halftime and got only as close as four points in the second half. CU scored six of the first nine points after the break but totaled only 12 more points in the final 17:39 of the game.
Trevecca Nazarene (11-11, 8-3) built its first double-digit lead of the game over the next three minutes. From there the CU deficit was only single digits once, after a 3-pointer from Casie Cowan with 12:35 on the clock.
Following Cowan’s triple the Trojans closed the game with a 29-6 run. The freshman finished with eight points.
Cumberland started out on top, jumping out to an 8-4 lead before suffering through a nearly five-minute scoring drought. During that stretch the Trojans scored 11 points and built a seven-point lead.
The Bulldogs clawed back, getting within a point at 17-16, but a turnover on CU’s next possession allowed Trevecca Nazarene to regain a five-point lead.
After a 3-pointer by Tamara Gonzalez and a TNU basket, the Asuncion, Paraguay, native converted an old-fashioned three-point play to make it a three-point game before the Trojans closed with the final four points of the first half, taking a 29-22 lead into the locker rooms.
Cumberland returns home Monday as the Bulldogs take on top-ranked Union University.