NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cumberland committed 15 first-half turnovers and trailed by 14 at the break, only to battle back and fall short in a 61-50 defeat to 17th-ranked Trevecca Nazarene Saturday at Moore Gym.
The Bulldogs (7-6, 1-3 TranSouth) shot just 28 percent (7-of-25) from the field in the first half and trailed 32-18 at halftime. But the squad never quit and cut the deficit to nine late in the contest.
Trevecca committed 11 second-half miscues, allowing the Bulldogs to get back in the game, as Tamara Gonzalez hit a pair of 3-pointers and Keshia Brown scored 12 of her 16 points after intermission.
Allysia Bailey was the only other CU player in double digits with 11 points.
K.C. Van Atta led the Trojans (11-4, 4-0) with 14 points, 11 after the break, while Christian Gibson added 11 points for TNU.
The teams combined for 44 fouls and 47 free throws in the game, including 27 fouls and 30 foul shots in the second half.
Trevecca raced out to a 32-18 advantage at the break, capped by a 3-pointer from Casey Pigue just before the buzzer.
The Bulldogs went more than four minutes without a field goal in the middle of the period, allowing TNU to go on a 16-3 spurt that gave the home team a 25-10 lead. CU fought back late in the half thanks to field goals from Simone Ryan, Bailey and Brown, and a pair of free throws by Brittany Cash.
CU trailed just 29-18 with Bailey at the line for a 1-plus-1 with 6.1 seconds left in the period, but she missed the front end and Pigue hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Trojans.
Cumberland heads to 19th-ranked Bethel University Monday for a contest at 6 p.m. before returning home next Thursday to face top-ranked Union University.