LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland cut a 10-point deficit to three with three minutes to play but Georgetown College pulled away for a 62-51 victory over the Bulldogs in women’s basketball action Friday night in the Habitat Classic in Georgetown, Ky.
Freshman Casie Cowan led Cumberland (1-1) with 17 points and six rebounds and Ashley Whitmore posted 11 points and eight boards. Jessica Pace grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds but went just 2-for-15 from the field and finished with eight points.
The two teams combined to shoot just 31 percent from the floor (39-for-124). Georgetown outrebounded the Bulldogs, 52-44, in the contest.
Mikkah Rogers led three double-digit scorers for the Tigers (1-0) with 17 points. Kourtney Tyra netted 15 points, including 10-of-13 at the foul line, while Jessica Waddle posted 13 points.
Cumberland trailed 48-38 after a turnover and a bucket by the Tigers with just under eight minutes left, but the Bulldogs battled back and trailed only 52-49 with 2:49 remaining after a bucket from Pace. She missed the free throw and Rogers nailed a 3-pointer from the corner, her only trifecta attempt of the contest, on the Tigers next possession.
Georgetown scored 10 of the game’s final 13 points, starting with the Rogers 3-pointer.
The first 14 minutes of the contest saw four ties and four lead changes until Georgetown scored eight straight points for a 24-16 advantage. Gina Beining and Waddle each scored four points during the stretch and the Tigers took a 28-20 advantage at intermission.
A Rogers free throw and Waddle bucket to open the second half quickly gave the Tigers a 31-20 lead. But the Bulldogs responded with a 10-1 spurt, with Whitmore netting four points and Cowan’s bucket capping the run with CU trailing 35-34.
Georgetown came back with a 13-4 run to push the lead to 48-38, with Tyra scoring seven of the points, including a 3-pointer. Whitmore and Cowan both scored four points to get the deficit back to three, but Beining and Rogers both made field goals and Tyra hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 20 seconds to ice the contest.
Cumberland concludes action in the Habitat Classic on Saturday at 1 p.m. Central Time against Midway College.