Cowan's career-best 26 points leads CU victory
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Cowan's career-best 26 points leads CU victory
Casie Cowan scored a career-high 26 points in CU's 60-48 victory Thursday at Lyon College. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Casie Cowan scored a career-high 26 points, including 22 in the second half, and Cumberland used a 12-2 run midway through the second half to take command in a 60-48 victory Thursday night in Batesville, Ark.

The Bulldogs (11-11, 3-7 TranSouth) won their third straight contest and avenged a loss to the Scots (12-10, 3-6) earlier this season in Lebanon. Cumberland limited Lyon to just 29 percent shooting from the field, including 2-for-21 from 3-point range. The Scots also missed badly at the foul line in the contest, going only 12-for-25.

Tranisha Benton added 12 points and Jessica Pace grabbed nine rebounds in the win for CU, but the story of the game was Cowan, who posted her third 20-plus point game of the season. The Seymour, Tenn., native scored the first 10 points during the decisive run in the second half, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to give the Bulldogs a 41-31 advantage. She made 5-of-6 foul shots in the last two minutes to seal the win as well. For her efforts Cowan was named the Music City Star of the Game.

Both teams were ice cold from the floor in the first half, starting the game a combined 2-for-20 in the first eight minutes. The Scots did not make their first field goal of the contest until Suzanne Fincham’s putback with 11:55 to go in the period.

The Bulldogs were whistled for seven quick fouls, putting Lyon in the bonus for more than 16 minutes of the half. But the home team did not take advantage, making just 8-of-17 at the foul line in the period.

Cumberland led for most of the half and went ahead by six points after a Benton 3-pointer with 5:50 remaining. CU was ahead 20-14 at one point before the Scots scored four straight points, but Cowan’s field goal with four seconds before intermission put the Bulldogs ahead, 22-18, at the break.

Cumberland hosts seventh-ranked Freed-Hardeman on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center, the first of four home games in a 14-day span for the Bulldogs.