Freed-Hardeman takes down CU
Saturday, February 6, 2010

LEBANON, Tenn. – Freed-Hardeman shot 57 percent from the field in the second half and dominated the boards the entire game, posting a 49-16 advantage, as the 15th-ranked Lady Lions defeated Cumberland, 89-50, in women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon in Henderson, Tenn.

Cumberland (8-11, 2-7 TranSouth) shot just 39 percent from the floor and had only one player in double figures – junior Keshia Brown, who netted 18 points, just two shy of her career-high. The Clarksville, Tenn., native made 7-of-12 shots, while the rest of the Bulldogs hit only 13-for-39 from the field.

Cumberland trailed 42-22 at halftime after FHU registered 15 second-chance points and converted 14-of-16 free throws in the period. CU was whistled for 10 team fouls in the first half compared to just two against the Lady Lions, while FHU dominated the boards with a 28-7 rebounding advantage before intermission.

Brown scored nine of the Bulldogs 22 points, while Meribeth Boehler led all scorers in the half with 12 points, including 6-for-6 at the foul line.

In the second half FHU scorched the nets from the field and continued building its lead until almost the final buzzer, with Hannah Parsley hitting a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left, Boehler netting a 3-point play at 15 seconds and Whitney Johnson adding two free throws with eight seconds remaining.

Boehler ended the game with 24 points, while Parsley made five 3-pointers and scored 20 points. Jana Cross added 15 points, and Maria Bagwell had nine points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Lions.

Cumberland plays at Blue Mountain College Thursday at 6 p.m. before returning home next Saturday to face rival Trevecca Nazarene at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.