LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland shot just 25 percent from the field and Tennessee State was eventually able to pull away in the second half after leading by just three at intermission in a 60-42 victory over the Bulldogs in women’s basketball action Wednesday night at the Gentry Center.
The contest was the final exhibition outing of the year for Cumberland. Tennessee State (1-3) went on a 19-6 run in the second half to put the game away.
Tamara Gonzalez led the Bulldogs with nine points, while Simone Ryan grabbed nine rebounds and Ashley Whitmore added eight boards. Cumberland committed 28 turnovers in the contest, while TSU had 20 miscues as well.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, combining to make only 15-of-57 shots (26 percent). TSU got a tip-in from Obiageli Okafor and a jumper by Jasmin Shuler to take a 19-10 advantage with 4:05 left in the period, but the Bulldogs scored nine of the final 12 points in the half to cut the deficit to 22-19 at the break.
Allysia Bailey hit four free throws, Keshia Brown and Joy Ford both made layups and Angie Wells had one free throw during the stretch.
The shooting woes continued for the Bulldogs after intermission, and TSU was able to find the basket a little better in the second period, making 42 percent. The Tigers led 27-23 after two free throws from Brown with 17:23 left in the game when they began their 19-6 run.
Simone Hopes scored six points during the stretch, including the final basket with 8:18 remaining, and Meredith Stafford netted five points, including a 3-pointer. Six different players scored during the run for the Tigers.
Okafor was the only player in double figures in the contest, leading TSU with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Cumberland plays at Hiwassee College in a doubleheader with the men on Wednesday, December 2 at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs return home Saturday, Dec. 12 against Fisk Univ. as part of the Rosa Stokes Classic.