LEBANON, Tenn. – Allysia Bailey scored 12 points and Tamara Gonzalez added 11, but Cumberland made 32 percent from the field and defeated Mid-Continent, 57-37, Monday night in a play-in game for the TranSouth Championships in women’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The two teams combined to make just 30 percent from the field, with the Bulldogs hitting just 19-of-59, but Cumberland (9-17) forced 22 turnovers by the visitors and advanced to face top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Union University Wednesday in Jackson in the quarterfinals.
Cumberland jumped ahead 25-9 in the contest, as Mid-Continent struggled to put the ball in the hole, making just 3-of-14 with 11 turnovers in the first 15 minutes of the game. Tiffany Payton’s layup with 3:26 remaining in the half finally put the Cougars in double figures, and MCU actually scored eight of the final 10 points of the half.
The Bulldogs did not shoot well in the period as well, making just 9-of-29, but CU was 12-for-17 at the foul line and held a 30-17 advantage at intermission. Tamara Gonzalez was the high scorer in the game for either team with seven points.
The second half was more of the same for both teams, but MCU cut the deficit to 11 on three occasions, including 40-29 with a Katelyn Perry jumper with 9:51 to play. But the Cougars made only two field goals the rest of the game.
Payton led all scorers with 16 points and Perry added nine for Mid-Continent.