November 20, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Talladega College2120171876
Cumberland Univ.1420161464
Stats at a GlanceTALLCU-W
FG Percentage.366 (26-71) .433 (26-60)
3P FG Percentage.250 (7-28) .294 (5-17)
FT Percentage.810 (17-21) .583 (7-12)
Offensive Rebounds1812
Defensive Rebounds2329
Total Rebounds4141
Bench Points2220
PointsNelson - 16
Griffith - 15
ReboundsNelson - 7
McNealy - 7
Jolly - 7
Miller - 9
AssistsMoore - 10
Watson - 4
StealsMoore - 3
McNealy - 3
Elder - 4
BlocksButler - 3
Jolly - 3
Griffith - 5
Tornadoes pull away from CU in fourth quarter
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Tornadoes pull away from CU in fourth quarter
Katherine Griffith posted 15 points and seven rebounds in CU's 76-64 loss Tuesday against Talladega. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Katherine Griffith scored 15 points and Dominique St. Louis added 11, but Talladega College netted 25 points off turnovers and four Tornadoes finished in double figures in a 76-64 victory over Cumberland in women’s basketball action here Tuesday night at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.

Cumberland (1-5) trailed by seven at the half and by eight after three quarters before the Tornadoes (7-0) pulled away in the final quarter, pushing the lead to as many as 14 points with just under four minutes to play. The Phoenix committed 22 turnovers, 11 in each half, and the depth of Talladega showed with full-court pressure most of the contest.

Griffith posted 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and added seven rebounds while St. Louis netted 11 points. De’Naizha Elder, who scored 28 points on Saturday against Mid-America Christian, suffered through a 2-for-14 shooting effort in the loss for CU. Freshman Britany Miller provided eight points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Jazsmine Nelson led the Tornadoes with 16 points while Ja’Niya McNealy added 15 points and Diamond Jolly and Rosa Reynaud each tallied 14. Talladega also grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, prolonging possessions throughout the game.

Two baskets by Griffith and a 3-pointer from Carli Codner-Pinto, just before the shot clock expired, helped the Phoenix to a 10-9 deficit four minutes into the contest. The Tornadoes netted the next nine points, starting with layups from Jolly and McNealy before a 3-pointer by McNealy and a short jumper from Nelson.

Cumberland scored five straight points at the end of the period, though, thanks to a 3-pointer plus the foul and free throw by Devon Burns, cutting the Talladega advantage to 21-14 at the end of 10 minutes.

St. Louis banked in a triple for CU’s first points of the second period, but Reynaud answered with a 3-pointer for the Tornadoes. Miller and St. Louis netted back-to-back baskets for the Phoenix and jumpers from Burns and Briana Vandlen made it 28-25 Talladega midway through the quarter.

Miller’s left-handed hook cut the deficit to two, but Jolly answered with consecutive field goals for the Tornadoes. The lead stayed between four and six points until two free throws by Brijane Moore with 0.7 seconds left in the half put Talladega ahead, 41-34, at intermission.

Griffith netted nine points and Burns and Miller scored six apiece for Cumberland, who shot 48 percent from the field but committed 11 turnovers, which the Tornadoes turned into 12 points. Nelson led Talladega with 10 points and McNealy added nine.

Jolly made two free throws and a jumper and Moore added a layup for a 6-0 Talladega spurt to start the second half, forcing a timeout by the home team. Two baskets from Griffith and 1-of-2 foul shots by St. Louis cut the deficit to eight, but McNealy answered with a 3-pointer for the Tornadoes.

Cumberland continued to fight, with consecutive layups by Codner-Pinto, but Nelson answered with two straight field goals, stretching the Talladega lead back to 11. Robin Butler’s jumper gave the Tornadoes a 58-45 advantage, but the visitors did not score over the final four minutes of the period.

Elder’s layup and a 3-pointer from the right corner by Kerrice Watson ended the quarter for CU, making it 58-50 with 10 minutes to play.

Elder banked in a 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock to start the fourth quarter, pulling Cumberland within 58-53, but that was as close as the Phoenix would get. Jolly made two free throws and Reynaud nailed a 3-pointer, pushing the lead to 10.

Vandlen’s driving layup made it an eight-point game, but two baskets from Reynaud and one by Moore stretched the margin to 71-57 with 3:46 remaining. The Phoenix never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.

After playing eight games in the last 12 days, including exhibitions, Cumberland does not play again for eight days, heading to Talladega on Nov. 28 for a 5:30 p.m. contest.