NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Rachel Bollinger’s 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left put the home team ahead and Simone Ryan’s 30-foot desperation shot fell short, as Trevecca Nazarene defeated Cumberland, 49-47, in women’s basketball action Saturday here at Moore Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs (4-10, 1-3 TranSouth) held a four-point lead at halftime and the teams went back-and-forth for much of the second period. Haley Felker’s driving basket with 2:55 remaining tied the contest at 44.
Cumberland had its chances to close out the victory from there, with Tamara Gonzalez nailing a long 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and Lauren Wasson missing the front end of a 1-plus-1 for TNU. But Gonzalez missed two foul shots before Jessica Pace made a steal for CU, still holding a 47-44 edge.
Casie Cowan, who finished with a season-high 19 points, also missed the front end of a 1-and-1 on CU’s next possession and Wasson cut the deficit to one with two free throws with 45.4 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs missed a jumper on the other end but Simone Ryan got the rebound. After a timeout Ryan slipped down on the block as an entry pass was being delivered, giving TNU one last chance.
Bollinger beat man-to-man pressure up the floor and in the scramble to recover defensively, Cumberland left her wide open on the right wing. The sophomore was true with the trifecta with 4.5 seconds left. Cowan took the inbounds pass and headed up the floor, but her pass was deflected out of bounds by Kayla Biles with just six-tenths of a second left. The inbounds pass to Ryan gave her little chance to shoot and her attempt fell well short.
No other Bulldog player finished in double figures, as the squad shot only 32 percent from the field, including just 22 percent in the first half. Ryan finished 1-of-9 from the floor but grabbed 15 rebounds, while Pace posted eight points and 10 boards.
Anissa Ragland led the Trojans with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Falker recorded eight points. TNU made just 32 percent from the field as well.
The two teams combined to make just 14-of-62 shots in the first half (22 percent), but CU scored the final four points of the half to take a 21-17 advantage.
The Bulldogs started quickly, taking a 9-2 lead after a 3-pointer from Gonzalez and two free throws by Katie Smith. But then Cumberland went five-and-a-half minutes without a point and TNU reeled off 10 straight points, including a pair of trifectas by Felker.
A pair of 3-pointers from Cowan snapped the scoring drought, which included two turnovers and eight missed shots by the Bulldogs. Smith added two more free throws and a bucket before Pace’s short baseline jumper with 1:05 to play ended the scoring in the period.
Cumberland heads to McKenzie to face Bethel University on Monday at 6 p.m.