CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Kristi Landers scored 11 points with a trio of 3-pointers, but Cumberland showed the effects of its third game in four nights, losing its scoring touch in the second half in an 84-37 exhibition loss here Monday night at Dave Aaron Arena.
The Bulldogs split a pair of contests over the weekend at the Habitat Classic in Georgetown, Ky. CU started well and trailed just 27-24 with 5:06 remaining in the first half, but scored just one basket over the next eight minutes.
APSU’s Whitney Hanley scored a game-high 28 points, knocking down eight 3-pointers, including six in the second half. Kaitlyn Hill netted 14 points off the bench for the Lady Govs, who were playing their second and final exhibition contest.
Landers was the only Bulldog in double figures, as the Bulldogs scored just 13 points in the second half and shot only 22 percent from the field for the game. Ashley Whitmore scored eight points for CU, six in the first half.
Whitmore scored six of the team’s first eight points of the game, with a 10-foot baseline jumper cutting the APSU lead to 11-8 seven minutes into the contest. The Lady Govs pulled ahead 25-14, but the second 3-pointer of the half from Landers cut the deficit to 25-17. Stephanie Martin hit the front end of a 1-and-1 and Casie Cowan added two free throws to pull CU within 27-24 with 5:06 left in the half.
But the Bulldogs made just one more basket the rest of the half and APSU’s Salem Richardson had two straight field goals, including a 3-pointer that ended a small drought for the home team. Hill added four of her eight first-half points in the final minute, as the Lady Govs took a 39-24 advantage at intermission.
Cumberland shot just 27 percent in the half compared to 52 percent for APSU. The Bulldogs also committed nine turnovers.
In the second half Hanley hit a pair of trifectas and scored eight of APSU’s first 10 points, as the Lady Govs opened the half with a 10-3 spurt. Hanley added four more 3-pointers, her final one at 5:54, for her final points of the contest.
Cumberland opens the home schedule Tuesday with a men’s and women’s doubleheader against Fisk University at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. The women’s game starts at 6 p.m. followed by the men.