LEBANON, Tenn. – Yalonda Davis scored 17 points, Kristi Landers netted 13 points and Jessica Pace added 11, leading a balanced attack for Cumberland in a 59-49 victory over Fisk University in women’s basketball action Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. For her efforts Davis was named the Music City Star of the Game.
The contest was the fourth in five days for the Bulldogs (3-1), who went 2-2 during the stretch, including an exhibition loss at Austin Peay on Monday.
Ashley Whitmore scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for CU.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 20-6 lead to start the contest but Fisk pulled within five points later in the period. CU led by nine at the half and pushed the lead to 14 points again in the first three minutes after intermission, but Fisk would not go away, pulling within six after a layup from Raona Stowers with 15:21 remaining.
Cumberland never lost the lead and was ahead by double-digits for most of the second half.
Nacori Foreman led Fisk (1-3) with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Latronda Yancey posted 12 points and nine boards for the visitors.
Cumberland started the game quickly, scoring 20 of the first 26 points, including six points from Pace and five by Whitmore. But Fisk answered with eight straight points, five from Yancey, and pulled within five on two occasions late in the half – after a Monique Shelton free throw and again on a Yancey 3-pointer.
The Bulldogs pulled away a little at the end of the period with a 3-pointer from Tamara Gonzalez and a jumper just inside the 3-point line from Landers with five seconds remaining in the half for a 35-26 advantage.
Cumberland will take on Avila University on Friday at 2 p.m. in the Pops Duncan Classic at Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville. The Bulldogs return home next Monday to face Oakwood University at 6 p.m.