Bulldogs can't recover from slow start
Monday, November 9, 2009

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Keshia Brown scored 16 points to lead Cumberland University, but the Bulldogs fell in an exhibition game at Austin Peay State University 96-40 Monday at Dave Aaron Arena.

The Bulldogs shot 25 percent from the field, including 9.1 in the first half, which started off slow for both teams as neither squad scored in the first two minutes of the game. Austin Peay’s Lauren Jones made the first basket of the game and started a 9-0 run for the Lady Govs.

Cumberland first got on the board at the 12:56 mark with a pair of free throws by Simone Ryan. The Bulldogs did not make their first field goal until Ashley Whitmore put back Brown's miss with 4:37 remaining before intermission. After her bucket CU, which made only two shots from the floor in the half, trailed 30-4 and went to the locker room trailing 47-12.

The Bulldogs improved their second-half shooting with the help of a trio of 3-pointers, but the Lady Govs were too strong down the stretch, scoring 49 points after the break. Austin Peay went on a 26-7 run at one point in the half.

Austin Peay out-rebounded the visitors 45-19 as no Bulldog pulled down more than four boards. Cumberland only tallied four assists in the contest with Brown and Kristi Landers each recording two. Landers added seven points, including one 3-pointer.

The Bulldogs will play another exhibition game Tuesday as they travel to Birmingham, Ala., to face Samford at 7 p.m.