November 30, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Fisk Univ.81491041
Cumberland Univ.1814201264
Stats at a GlanceFISK-WCU-W
FG Percentage.354 (17-48) .450 (27-60)
3P FG Percentage.200 (2-10) .214 (3-14)
FT Percentage.625 (5-8) .583 (7-12)
Offensive Rebounds715
Defensive Rebounds2126
Total Rebounds2841
Bench Points2514
PointsCox - 11
Bowers - 21
ReboundsScott - 6
Neal - 9
AssistsBrown - 1
Dunn - 1
Mhoon - 1
Patton - 1
Jones - 1
Fason - 4
StealsWhitlock - 2
Patton - 2
Pryor - 2
BlocksPatton - 1
Bowers - 5
Bowers' 21 points pace CU home win
Monday, November 30, 2015
Bowers' 21 points pace CU home win
Nicole Bowers posted 21 points, five rebounds and five blocks in CU's 64-41 win Monday over Fisk. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Nicole Bowers netted a season-high 21 points in 24 minutes of action and Bre Neal added 12 points and nine rebounds, as 12th-ranked Cumberland started both halves with 10-0 runs en route to a 64-41 victory over Fisk University here Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (7-2) began a busy week with its second win of the season against Fisk (2-9), but this time the Bulldogs took an early lead and extended the advantage throughout the contest. Fisk trailed by just six at the half and 10 at the end of the third period in the first meeting between the clubs on November 14 in Nashville.

Bowers posted 15 points in the opening half and made 9-of-12 shots overall. She was a perfect 3-for-3 at the foul line, grabbed five rebounds and blocked five shots as well. Neal connected on 6-of-10 shots for her 12 points and handed out three assists to go with her nine caroms in only 23 minutes of action.

Bowers started fast with six of the team’s first 10 points, as Cumberland began the contest with a 10-0 run before Lashae Brown’s layup ended the spurt. Bowers added a short jumper and a layup and Chelsey Hall’s driving basket just before the buzzer gave CU an 18-8 advantage to end the opening period.

Fisk cut the CU lead to four with six straight points to begin the second period with buckets by Brown, Telliya Patton and Stevonna Scott. Jalita Fason’s 3-pointer at the end of the short clock ended the run, but Scott answered with a trifecta on the other end to make it 21-17 Bulldogs.

Bowers’ layup was the start of a 7-0 stretch, with the junior completing an old-fashioned 3-point play on the fast break the next trip. Hall’s 18-footer gave Cumberland a 26-17 lead and a baseline jumper from Bowers just before the half stretched the advantage to 32-22 at the break for CU.

Bowers netted 15 points in the half and Bre Neal posted six points and six rebounds. Kimetrice Cox led Fisk with seven points off the bench.

Neal and Bowers posted eight of the first 10 points of the third quarter for Cumberland, which started the period with a 10-0 run as well, opening a 42-22 advantage. Jazmine Smith’s 10-footer with five seconds left put CU ahead, 52-31, entering the final quarter.

Cumberland emptied the bench in the fourth quarter, with CU head coach Jeremy Lewis resting his starters. The Bulldogs host St. Catharine College on Thursday and take on No. 1 Campbellsville University at home on Saturday as well.

Nine different Cumberland players scored in the contest, with Hall and Terra Pryor leading everyone else with six points. Cox finished with 11 points to pace Fisk and Ariel Jones netted eight.