Ryan's double-double leads win over TNU
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Ryan's double-double leads win over TNU
Simone Ryan recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds in CU's 65-48 victory Saturday against Trevecca. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland started the second half with an 18-3 run and never looked back, with Simone Ryan pacing the Bulldogs with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 65-48 victory Saturday over Trevecca Nazarene in women’s basketball action Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (12-12, 7-5 TranSouth) defeated the Trojans for the first time since 2005 and dominated play in the lane, winning the battle of the boards, 40-31, with Ryan and Jessica Pace combining for 27 points and 17 boards as well as several key baskets down the stretch when TNU cut the deficit to nine.

Ryan recorded seven points during the spurt and Tamara Gonzalez added a pair of layups. Anna Mitchell’s two free throws with 13:57 remaining ended the scoreless drought for the Trojans.

Trevecca (9-15, 5-7) shot just 28 percent from the field, starting the first half 3-of-16 and the second period 2-for-16. The Trojans recovered from the bad start in the first half and trailed by three at the half, but TNU did not record a field goal for nearly 11 minutes after the break, netting its first seven points at the foul line until Anissa Ragland’s layup with 9:11 remaining.

Still, TNU’s 7-1 spurt later in the second half cut the Bulldog lead to 52-43 with 4:42 to play, as CU posted only one point for four-and-a-half minutes, but Tasia Blue’s runner on the baseline ended the drought and Cumberland ended the game on a 13-5 run. Pace accounted for six of those points with two old-fashioned 3-point plays, the last one with 1:21 remaining that pushed the lead to 17 points.

Courtney Atkinson also scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds while Blue finished with 10 points and four assists, just her third double-figure scoring effort of the season.

Ragland and Kayla Biles led the Trojans with 12 points each and Rachel Raby contributed nine points and seven boards.

Trevecca began the game just 3-of-16 from the field but the Bulldogs were only ahead 8-6 eight minutes into the contest. The Trojans heated up the rest of the half, making 7-for-15.

The Bulldogs took a 15-9 advantage on an old-fashioned 3-point play from Ryan with 8:09 left in the period, but TNU answered with a 13-5 spurt led by seven points from Biles and six by Raby.

CU outscored the visitors 10-5 the rest of the half with 3-pointers from Blue and Atkinson. Biles’ steal and layup with 36 seconds left in the half cut the Bulldog lead to three, 30-27, at intermission.

Cumberland travels to third-ranked Union University on Monday and hosts Bethel University on Thursday at 6 p.m.