Cold shooting dooms CU, 66-51
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Cold shooting dooms CU, 66-51
Simone Ryan scored 16 points in CU's 66-51 loss Saturday against Freed-Hardeman. (Credit Erin Parker)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland made just two of its first 17 shots of the second half and third-ranked Freed-Hardeman took advantage, putting together a 40-12 run spanning both halves in a 66-51 Lions victory Saturday in women’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (3-9, 0-2 TranSouth) led 28-18 late in the first half before a five-minute drought allowed FHU to tie the contest and take a one-point lead at intermission. Cumberland then went ice cold after the break, including at the foul line, making just 6-of-15 at the charity stripe despite shooting the bonus for more than 10 minutes in the period.

Simone Ryan recorded 16 points and seven rebounds for CU, while Tamara Gonzalez added 11 and Casie Cowan registered 10. Jessica Pace accounted for nine points and nine rebounds.

FHU’s Natalie Shumpert scored all 12 of her points during the 40-12 stretch and Amber Alexander added all eight of her points. Hannah Parsley led the Lions (14-2, 2-0) with 14 points and Maria Bagwell posted six points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs started the game quickly, making 4-of-6 from 3-point range before the second media timeout and holding a 28-18 advantage with 6:27 to play in the period after a fast-break layup from Cowan. The sophomore scored eight points and Ryan added nine at that point in the half, but CU went just under five minutes without a point, allowing the Lions to get back in the contest.

FHU ended the half on a 15-4 run sparked by four points from Bagwell and three apiece by Shumpert, Parsley and Alexander. A driving layup by Gonzalez with 2:32 remaining in the period ended the drought for the Bulldogs, but Bagwell’s layup and a free throw by Shumpert gave the Lions a 33-32 advantage at intermission.

Parsley led FHU in the half with nine points. The Bulldogs scored 10 points off eight Freed-Hardeman turnovers, but the visitors did not have a miscue in the final five minutes of the half.

Cumberland hosts Blue Mountain College in a men’s and women’s doubleheader on Thursday starting at 6 p.m.