Balanced attack leads Bulldogs over BMC
Monday, February 21, 2011
Balanced attack leads Bulldogs over BMC
Tamara Gonzalez was one of four Bulldogs in double figures in CU's 69-48 victory Thursday over Blue Mountain. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland used a 14-0 run midway through the second half to pull away and claim a 69-48 victory over Blue Mountain in women’s basketball action Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Casie Cowan scored five points during the run and Yalonda Davis added an old-fashioned 3-point play to give the Bulldogs a 65-41 edge. Jessica Pace led all scorers with 15 points for CU, while Cowan, Davis and Tamara Gonzalez added 13 points apiece for the home team. Pace handed out six assists and Cowan posted four assists and five steals and was named the Music City Star of the Game.

Cumberland (13-15, 5-10 TranSouth) scored eight of the first 10 points of the second half to take a 35-19 advantage, but the visiting Toppers (5-20, 1-13) outscored the Bulldogs 14-7 over the next eight minutes to cut the deficit to nine. CU answered with the 14-0 spurt that put the game away for good.

Blue Mountain shot just 31 percent from the floor in the contest, including only 5-for-26 (19 percent) in the first half. The Bulldogs forced BMC into 22 turnovers as well, turning those into 24 points.

Kyesha Clark led the Toppers with 11 points and Jessi Hayles added 10 and seven rebounds. Ashley Whitmore and Stephanie Martin led the Bulldogs on the glass with 10 boards apiece.

Both teams started slowly and went more than four minutes without scoring early in the contest. The Bulldogs took a 14-12 edge on a Whitmore basket with 9:19 left in the period and the game’s next basket came on a Gonzalez 3-pointer with exactly six minutes to play. It was part of a 15-5 run by CU to end the half that included points from five different players.

Pace scored six points in the half for Cumberland but played only five minutes after picking up two quick fouls. Jordan McCormick hit a pair of 3-pointers for six points for the Toppers.

The teams combined for 23 turnovers in the period. Cumberland turned Blue Mountain’s 12 miscues into 10 points, a big reason for its 27-17 advantage at the break.

Cumberland plays its final regular season contest Saturday at Mid-Continent at 2 p.m.