CU ends game on 16-4 run in victory
Saturday, January 28, 2012
CU ends game on 16-4 run in victory
Tasia Blue scored all seven of her points over the final five-plus minutes in CU's 62-46 victory Saturday at Mid-Continent. (Credit Steve Wampler)

MAYFIELD, Ky. – Cumberland used a 16-4 run to end the game, including seven points from freshman Tasia Blue, and Jessica Pace netted 19 points to lead the Bulldogs in a 62-46 victory Saturday over Mid-Continent in women’s basketball action.

The Bulldogs (9-11, 4-4) played lethargic until the final 10 minutes of the contest when they executed much better offensively and picked up the pressure on defense, limiting the Cougars (7-14, 2-6) to just 13 points in the last nine minutes.

Pace posted her second straight double-double with 10 rebounds as well, while Courtney Atkinson posted 12 points and Casie Cowan netted 13 off the bench, nine in the second half.

Cumberland led 46-42 with 5:23 to play after MCU’s Chantiera Johnson hit a baseline layup, but a Blue bucket started the game-ending run for the Bulldogs on the ensuing possession. Cowan then hit a 3-pointer from the wing, the only one of the game for the squad, and Pace made a short jumper in the lane with 3:35 remaining.

Blue added another basket and two more free throws before Samantha Harper finished a fast break with a layup and Cowan hit two free throws with a minute left to put the game away.

The Bulldogs scored 21 points off 21 Mid-Continent turnovers and shot 42 percent from the field in the second after hovering around the 30 percent mark for almost all of the opening period.

Both teams started slowly, with CU making just 1-of-6 from the field with three turnovers in the first six minutes of the contest. Pace netted the first five points for CU, but the Bulldogs went more than four minutes without a point in the middle of the period.

Atkinson ended the drought with a bucket at the 8:16 mark and the teams traded field goals until a 9-2 spurt by the visitors gave Cumberland a 25-16 edge. Cowan made a layup to start to run, Atkinson added a pair of field goals and Pace had an old-fashioned 3-point play.

MCU’s Ginger Gilbert nailed a trifecta off an in-bounds play with 1:12 to play in the half and Cowan’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good, giving the Bulldogs a 25-22 lead at the break. Pace posted 10 points and six rebounds and Atkinson added eight points for CU, while Gilbert lead the Cougars with eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Cumberland hosts Lyon College on Thursday at 6 p.m. before hitting the road again next Saturday to face currently top-ranked Freed-Hardeman.