LEBANON, Tenn. – Brittany Cash scored 18 points, including 17 in the second half, and Simone Ryan posted 10 points and 12 rebounds in Cumberland’s season-opening 86-40 victory over Hiwassee College Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. It was the first career victory for CU head coach Jeremy Lewis, a former Bulldog player and assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs.
Cumberland held a 14-point halftime lead and outscored the Tigers, 48-16, after the break, including 17 points from Cash, who hit a trio of 3-pointers and 5-of-6 at the foul line. In all four Bulldog players scored in double figures, including 13 points from Stephanie Martin and 10 by Ashley Whitmore.
Over a six-minute stretch in the middle of the second period, the Bulldogs went on a 19-0 run, with Cash contributing 11 points. Four other players scored during the run, giving CU a 68-29 advantage with 7:21 left in the game.
The Bulldogs jumped out 13-3 to start the contest, with Whitmore and Ryan both registering four points. CU opened the lead to as many as 13 at 22-19 after an Allysia Bailey layup with 11:35 remaining in the opening period.
Cumberland pushed the advantage to 36-18 with 1:45 left in the half after a Whitmore layup and took a 38-24 lead to intermission.
Whitmore scored eight points in the period and Bailey added seven, while Jaryn Davis netted 16 of Hiwassee’s 24 points in the period. The Bulldogs limited the Tigers to just 38 percent shooting from the floor as well and forced nine turnovers.
Davis finished the game with 18 points for the Tigers, who shot just 16 percent in the second half. Bethany Allen also grabbed 13 rebounds for Hiwassee.
Cumberland plays at Austin Peay next Monday and Samford next Tuesday, both exhibitions for the Bulldogs.