Cumberland loses fifth straight
Monday, January 25, 2010

LEBANON, Tenn. – With a chance to tie the game on the final possession, Cumberland University was unable to get a shot off and force overtime as the Bulldogs fell to King College 53-50 Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (7-10) got the ball in the hands of Tamara Gonzalez, but the Asuncion, Paraguay native turned the ball over trying to draw a foul from behind the 3-point line.

It was 3-point shooting by Gonzalez that got Cumberland back in the game after King built a seven-point lead shortly after halftime. After tying the game going into the break, the Tornado (11-8) went on a 9-2 run to open the second half. Gonzalez sank a trio of 3-pointers during a 13-2 spurt by CU as the Bulldogs went up by four. The nine points were the only points she scored in the contest.

With 4:33 remaining on the clock and still holding onto a four-point advantage, Cumberland gave up six straight points before Allysia Bailey made a runner in the lane to tie the game at 50-50 with just over a minute left in the contest.

King scored the final three points of the game to take the win as the Bulldogs lost for the fifth straight time and eighth in the last nine outings. Cumberland had won each of the 11 previous meetings with the Tornado.

CU opened the game with a 10-6 advantage, but King went up 11-10 when Brooke Johnson completed a three-point play following an Angie Wells foul. The Bulldogs responded to score the next eight points to give CU its largest lead of the first half at seven.

The Tornado cut the Cumberland lead to three points before both teams went ice cold. During a scoring drought of more than five minutes each team missed four shots from the floor, one from the free throw line and combined for eight turnovers.

A Simone Ryan layup ended the scoreless period before King put up 10 of the last 14 points of the half to knot the game at 26-26 going into the half.

The Bulldogs, who shot just 38 percent from the field, were paced by Ryan, who scored 11 points and had a dozen rebounds. The double-double effort was the eighth of the season for the sophomore from Byhalia, Miss.

Ashley Deans scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 12 points for the Tornado.

Cumberland will return to TranSouth Conference play Saturday when the Bulldogs travel to Mid-Continent.