Cold second half sends CU to loss
Saturday, January 23, 2010

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland scored just 15 points in the second half, making 26 percent from the field, and Martin Methodist took advantage in a 53-43 Red Hawks victory Saturday in women’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (7-9, 1-6 TranSouth) led 28-22 at halftime but did not reach double digits in the second half until a Keshia Brown bucket with 2:53 remaining in the game. Martin Methodist (12-7, 4-2) used a 22-6 run over a 12-minute span to take control of the game, with the Bulldogs going 2-for-13 from the floor with seven turnovers.

The turning point of the game came with the Bulldogs ahead 32-28 early in the second half. Brown was called for a charge, the fifth offensive foul call of the game against the Bulldogs, and CU head coach Jeremy Lewis expressed his displeasure, drawing a technical foul.

Micah Anderson hit the two free throws for MMC and the visitors run to the lead. It also started the Bulldogs stretch of just two field goals over the next 12:22 of the game as well as three missed free throws.

Allysia Bailey led the Bulldogs with 11 points but was limited because of four fouls, three offensive, while no other CU player was in double figures.

Whitney Robison went 10-for-11 from the field and talked 22 points along with seven rebounds, while Anderson scored 11 points with eight boards for the Red Hawks.

Cumberland scored the final nine points in the first half to take a 28-22 advantage at the break. Crystal Poindexter banked in a 3-pointer for the Red Hawks with 5:31 to play in the half, giving MMC a 22-19 lead.

Bailey hit a pair of layups and Simone Ryan added back-to-back field goals for the Bulldogs before Stephanie Martin made the front end of a 1-and-1 in the final minute.

Cumberland shot 48 percent from the field in the half but committed eight turnovers and was whistled for eight fouls, including three charges. Six players scored at least four points for CU in the period, while Robison led the Red Hawks with nine points.

Cumberland hosts King College in a nonconference game Monday at 7 p.m.