LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland cut into a 10-point halftime deficit but was unable to pull closer than five points, and K.C. Van Atta scored a game-high 25 points, leading 12th-ranked Trevecca Nazarene to a 56-49 victory over the Bulldogs Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland (8-13, 2-9 TranSouth) suffered its sixth conference loss of seven points or less and missed multiple chances to pull within a single bucket in the final five minutes of the game. The Bulldogs committed a pair of turnovers, missed a short jumper and a 3-pointer, all in the final five minutes of the game.
Trevecca’s Christian Gibson also tracked down a long rebound after a missed 3-pointer by Abby Lawson with 1:04 to play. Gibson was fouled and knocked down the two free throws to push the Trojans lead to 54-47 and just about put the game away.
Van Atta was a one-player wrecking crew for the Trojans in the first half, scoring 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. The junior was just 3-of-12 in the second half, but scored the final basket of the game on a breakaway layup with 42 seconds remaining.
Van Atta was the only TNU player in double figures, as the Trojans shot just 26 percent from the field in the second half and 36 percent overall.
Allysia Bailey led the Bulldogs with 14 points, while Stephanie Martin netted 13 popints and Tamara Gonzalez posted a dozen points. Gonzalez, Bailey and Simone Ryan all grabbed six rebounds for CU.
Cumberland went 0-for-8 from 3-point range and has not hit a 3-pointer in its last three games, an 0-for-23 mark.
Martin’s layup with 10:14 left in the first half made it 13-11 TNU, but the Trojans ran off nine of the next 11 points. Lawson hit a 3-pointer and a layup, Van Atta hit two foul shots and London Elie netted a bucket during the spurt. Cumberland pulled as close as six on two occasions on buckets from Bailey and Ryan, but Trevecca took a 32-22 lead into intermission.
umberland plays at top-ranked Union University Monday at 6 p.m. and returns home February 18 to face Bethel University as part of Alumni Night/Coming Home as well as the WBCA’s Pink Zone initiative for cancer awareness.