Neal's double-double ends three-game skid
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Neal's double-double ends three-game skid
Bre Neal posted her fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds in Wednesday's 75-68 win at Middle Georgia State. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Bre Neal collected her fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds and Chelsey Hall added 20 points, as 25th-ranked Cumberland ended a three-game losing streak with a 75-68 victory over Middle Georgia State in women’s basketball action Wednesday night in Cochran, Ga.

Cumberland (12-7) shot 52 percent from the field in the second half and made 8-of-14 3-pointers in the contest, including four by Hall, helping CU overcome a 29-point, 10-point rebound effort from Middle Georgia’s Tascianna Taylor. The Phoenix also forced 22 turnovers in the contest, netting 12 points off those miscues.

Cumberland led 32-29 at the half and maintained a seven-point edge in the third quarter before an 11-4 spurt by the Knights (4-12) knotted the game at 44.

Taylor netted six points during the run, but Hall and Jalita Fason answered with field goals for CU and Julia Fox nailed a 3-pointer during a quick 7-0 stretch for the Phoenix. Fason’s bucket with 20 seconds left in the quarter gave CU a 53-49 advantage headed to the final period.

Nicole Bowers, who finished with 13 points for Cumberland, put the visitors ahead, 60-54, early in the fourth quarter, but again the Knights came back, tying the score at 60 thanks to a pair of field goals by Taylor and one from Ilyn Spann.

Neal’s old-fashioned 3-point play gave the Phoenix the lead again, but Taylor’s triple knotted the contest at 63 with 5:07 remaining. Cumberland netted eight of the next nine points to retake control, including a 3-pointer by Hall, a basket and one free throw from Bowers and a field goal by Neal, her last one of the game with 2:56 to play.

MGA pounded Cumberland on the offensive glass, scoring 28 second-chance points on 21 offensive boards. Taylor posted five and TyAsia Gray and Shaquita Hodges each grabbed four. Jaylyn Jones was the only other Knights player in double figures with 14 points.

Cumberland returns to Mid-South Conference action next Thursday at home against 22nd-ranked Lindsey Wilson at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.