Big first-half run leads CU over Mid-Continent
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Big first-half run leads CU over Mid-Continent
Jessica Pace posted her seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds in CU's 76-54 win Saturday at Mid-Continent. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Jessica Pace posted her seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Cumberland used a 14-0 run midway through the first half to break a tie game and cruise to a 76-54 victory Saturday over Mid-Continent in women’s basketball action in Mayfield, Ky.

The Bulldogs (14-15, 6-10 TranSouth) won their final three regular season games of the year and ended tied for sixth in the TranSouth Conference with Martin Methodist. A coin flip will be needed to determine seeding for next week’s TranSouth Championships and that procedure should be done on Sunday.

Cumberland and the Cougars (1-28, 1-15) were tied 15-all after a Stephanie Malone field goal five minutes into the contest, but the Bulldogs scored the next 14 points, including consecutive 3-pointers from Casie Cowan, Kristi Landers and Tamara Gonzalez.

Pace added a field goal and Ashley Whitmore had one free throw as well as a bucket to give CU a 29-15 edge with 6:41 remaining in the period. For her efforts Pace was named the Music City Star of the Game.

Cumberland scored 26 of the final 32 points in the half, with Gonzalez adding a trifecta and Pace netting five more points for a 41-22 advantage at intermission.

The Bulldogs’ lead was never less than 15 in the second half and the club pushed the advantage to 27 on a Samantha Harper field goal late in the contest.

Cowan recorded 15 points and Yalonda Davis added 11 for the Bulldogs. Whitmore totaled nine points and six rebounds while Gonzalez posted eight points and six boards.

Malone led MCU with 15 points and Tiffany Payton added 12.