Ryan's double-double paces CU victory
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Ryan's double-double paces CU victory
Simone Ryan posted her 10th career double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds in CU's 81-41 victory over Blue Mountain on Thursday night. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Simone Ryan posted her 10th career double-double and second of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds, leading six Cumberland players in double figures in an 81-41 victory over Blue Mountain College in women’s basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (4-9, 1-2 TranSouth) ended the first half on a 15-2 run and netted 11 of the first 12 points of the second half to take a 28-point advantage three minutes into the period. CU pushed the lead to 30 with a Madison Pavan jumper just over six minutes into the half and never looked back.

Courtney Atkinson and Casie Cowan both netted 12 points, Pavan and Katie Smith each posted 11 points and Jessica Pace posted 10 points in the victory for Cumberland, which ended a three-game losing streak with the win.

Kyesha Clark led the Toppers (3-11, 0-3) with 10 points and Amber Johnson added nine with a trio of 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs raced out to a 13-5 advantage behind four points each from Pace and Atkinson and pushed the lead to 12 just seven minutes into the contest after another Pace bucket. The Toppers used an 11-4 spurt to cut the deficit to five, led by a pair of 3-pointers from Johnson.

But BMC went scoreless for the next five-plus minutes and CU netted nine consecutive points, including a 3-pointer by Pavan. In all Cumberland outscored the visitors, 15-2, the rest of the half with a Tamara Gonzalez layup with eight seconds to play giving the Bulldogs a 39-21 lead at intermission.

Atkinson and Tasia Blue scored quick baskets for the Bulldogs in the first minute of the second half, forcing a timeout by the Toppers, and the race was on.

Cumberland takes on long-time rival Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville on Saturday at 2 p.m. and travels to McKenzie to face Bethel University on Monday at 6 p.m.