Cumberland falls at FHU in conference tourney
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Cumberland falls at FHU in conference tourney
Kristi Landers hit three 3-pointers and was one of three CU players with nine points in Wednesday's loss at Freed-Hardeman. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University shot just 31 percent from the field, falling behind early and eventually dropping an 86-44 decision to seventh-ranked Freed-Hardeman in women’s basketball action Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships in Henderson, Tenn.

The defeat ends the season for the Bulldogs (14-16), who won three straight to end the regular season before losing for the third time this season to the Lions (24-7).

Cumberland led early in the game but then more than five-and-a-half minutes without a field goal midway through the opening half. The Lions took advantage, putting together a 17-1 run that included seven points from Natalie Shumpert and six by Meribeth Boehler.

The Bulldogs managed just one free throw during the stretch, going 0-for-5 from the field with five turnovers before Ashley Whitmore’s putback with 8:21 left in the period. By then FHU led 26-14 and was well on its way to victory.

Boehler scored 13 of her game-high 23 points in the first half and Shumpert added 10 in the period, as the Lions took a 43-21 advantage to intermission. Brittany Montgomery netted 14 of her 20 points after the break, while Whitney Johnson recorded 10 points in the victory for the home team.

Tamara Gonzalez, Kristi Landers and Yalonda Davis led the Bulldogs with nine points each, while Jessica Pace added eight points. The Bulldogs committed 20 turnovers in the game, leading to 17 Freed-Hardeman points. For her efforts Landers was named the Music City Star of the Game.