CU drops 57-48 decision
Friday, November 20, 2009

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland and St. Catharine College combined for just 11 field goals in the second half, but Courtney Milam scored 11 of her 18 points after the break and Brittany Darden added 15 in a 57-48 victory for SCC Friday night in women’s basketball action in St. Catharine, Ky.

Cumberland (3-2) hit just 5-of-26 field goal attempts in the second half, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range, and scored only 20 points in the period. St. Catharine did not fare much better, making just 6-of-30 field goals after intermission, but the Patriots converted 9-of-10 free throw opportunities and pulled away for the victory.

Allysia Bailey led the Bulldogs with 14 points, seven in each half, while Simone Ryan finished with eight points, all in the first period. The sophomore tied for game-best honors with nine rebounds.

The Bulldogs were 6-for-6 at the foul line in the first half but made only 10-of-17 chances after the break.

Cumberland pulled within 40-38 with 11:25 remaining in the contest, but the visitors were held scoreless for the next six minutes and did not score a field goal until a Bailey made basket with 2:56 to play.

Both teams were 10-for-20 from the field in the first half, while the Bulldogs made 2-of-5 from 3-point range but trailed 32-28 at the break.

Six different CU players scored during a 13-5 run that started the contest, but St. Catharine answered with a 13-0 spurt to take the lead. Milam and Danielle Brown scored four points apiece and Darden netted the final five points of the stretch. The teams played nip-and-tuck the rest of the half, with the Patriots leading by as many as six at 26-20.

Cumberland plays an exhibition game at Tennessee State Wednesday night at 7 p.m.