November 03, 20121st2ndFinal
Spring Hill College273764
Cumberland Univ.433679
Stats at a GlanceSHC-WCU-W
FG Percentage.377 (20-53) .475 (29-61)
3P FG Percentage.294 (5-17) .231 (3-13)
FT Percentage.559 (19-34) .692 (18-26)
Offensive Rebounds1015
Defensive Rebounds2229
Total Rebounds3244
Bench Points4314
PointsWashington - 14
Elie - 24
ReboundsWashington - 8
Pace - 12
AssistsBohanon - 3
Davis - 4
StealsBohanon - 4
Allen - 2
Tye - 2
Davis - 2
BlocksBradford - 1
Campbell - 1
Allen - 1
Elie - 1
Pace, Elie each net 20-plus in CU win
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Pace, Elie each net 20-plus in CU win
Jessica Pace recorded her sixth career double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds in CU's 79-64 victory Saturday night versus Spring Hill College. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Jessica Pace posted 22 points and 12 rebounds and London Elie recorded a game-high 24 points, leading four Cumberland players in double figures in a 79-64 victory over Spring Hill College here Saturday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (2-0) started fast in both halves and ended the opening period on a 22-7 run that gave CU a 43-27 lead at the break. CU began the second half with a 21-7 spurt, pushing its advantage to 64-34 with 12:22 remaining before a lull in concentration allowed the Badgers (1-1) to cut into the deficit, getting as close as 68-55 with 5:39 remaining.

Cumberland outscored the Badgers, 32-16, in the paint, led by Elie and Pace, who did the bulk of their damage around the basket. Elie added seven rebounds, as CU won the battle of the boards as well, 44-32. Pace registered her sixth career double-double and helped the Bulldogs post 15 second-chance points in the victory.

TaCouya Allen added 11 points and Casie Cowan had 10 with a pair of 3-pointers for CU. Leah Washington led Spring Hill with 14 points and eight boards off the bench.

The Bulldogs started the game fast, with Elie netting five points in a 10-3 run to open the contest, but CU committed six turnovers over the next four minutes before Pace ended the dry spell with a bucket at the 12:18 mark. April Bradford’s layup for the Badgers tied the contest at 13 at 11:59 and a free throw from Bria Bohanon made it 21-20 Cumberland with 6:44 left in the half.

From there the Bulldogs caught fire on the offensive end, ending the half on a 22-7 spurt that started with Elie’s jumper. Pace contributed eight of her 11 first-half points during the stretch and Elie, Yalonda Davis and Cowan each netted four points. Allen’s spinning layup in the lane with seven seconds left after a steal by Davis gave CU a 43-27 advantage at intermission.

Pace and Elie combined for the first 15 points of the second half before a 3-pointer from Cowan. Elie’s bucket gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of the contest, but Cumberland went just 2-for-10 with six turnovers and eight fouls over the next seven minutes.

Washington netted seven points during the 18-2 spurt for the Badgers, who were 8-of-10 at the foul line during the stretch as well. Allen’s 3-pointer from the wing pushed the margin back to 16 and the Bulldogs closed out the win.

Cumberland hosts Hiwassee College on Monday at 6 p.m. before playing its next six contests on the road.