Balanced attack leads CU to first TSAC victory
Thursday, January 7, 2010

LEBANON, Tenn. – Ashley Whitmore, Angie Wells and Keshia Brown all scored 13 points and Whitmore grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds, leading Cumberland to a 67-57 victory over Blue Mountain College Thursday night in women’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Allysia Bailey added 11 points for Cumberland (7-5, 1-2 TranSouth), which shot just 37 percent from the floor but forced 18 turnovers, turning those into 21 points. The Bulldogs also outscored the Lady Toppers (7-9, 0-2), 26-8, in the paint and limited BMC to just 30 percent shooting from the field. Blue Mountain was just 8-for-31 from 3-point range as well.

Cumberland used a 12-2 run over the final three minutes to take a 14-point lead at halftime, including a length-of-the-floor drive and layup from Wells at the buzzer. Wells scored all six of her points in the period during the stretch, starting the spurt at 3:11 with a layup and adding a pair of buckets in the final 30 seconds.

Blue Mountain shot just 19 percent (5-for-27) in the half, including just 2-of-15 from 3-point range.

The Bulldogs held a lead of greater than nine points except for 20 seconds in the middle of the second half after a BMC 3-pointer from Kala Morris. CU pushed its advantage to as many as 17 points late in the game.

Joy Pierce scored 14 points to lead the Lady Toppers and Katelynn Wright netted 11 points.

Cumberland heads to Nashville Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest against rival and 17th-ranked Trevecca. The Bulldogs open a three-game homestand next Thursday against No. 1-ranked Union University.