January 12, 20131st2ndFinal
Cumberland U383472
Univ. of Pikeville273158
Stats at a GlanceCU-WPIKE
FG Percentage.431 (28-65) .385 (20-52)
3P FG Percentage.444 (8-18) .429 (9-21)
FT Percentage.727 (8-11) .643 (9-14)
Offensive Rebounds206
Defensive Rebounds2619
Total Rebounds4625
Bench Points2726
PointsAllen - 19
Haney - 10
ReboundsAllen - 10
Wright - 6
AssistsDavis - 5
Haney - 3
Roberts - 3
Wright - 3
StealsAllen - 2
Tye - 2
Roberts - 4
BlocksHarper - 1
Elie - 1
Pace - 1
Wright - 1
Allen's double-double paces CU over Pikeville
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Allen's double-double paces CU over Pikeville
TaCouya Allen posted 19 points and 10 rebounds in CU's 72-58 victory Saturday at the Univ. of Pikeville. (Credit Steve Wampler)

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – TaCouya Allen posted 19 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, Jessica Pace finished with 17 points and Casie Cowan added 16 in No. 7 Cumberland’s 72-58 victory over the University of Pikeville here Saturday at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

With the win the Bulldogs (16-1, 7-1 Mid-South) remain atop the conference standings and move to 8-0 on the road this season. Pace scored 11 points in the first half and made 8-of-11 field goals in her return to the court after missing two games because of injury. The senior added six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

Allen hit five 3-pointers in the contest and had two steals to go along with her game-high 10 boards. Her other double-double of the year came November 20 at the University of the Cumberlands.

Cowan added a pair of trifectas and six total field goals for her second straight double-digit effort off the bench after recording 15 points on Thursday at UVA-Wise.

Cumberland used a 13-1 run early in the second half to pull away from the Bears (5-10, 2-6). Allen scored seven straight points during the spurt and Samantha Harper added a bucket plus the foul, but then CU went nearly five minutes without scoring, allowing Pikeville to keep the game within range.

Christin Haney and Kayla Day combined for 10 points for UPike during the dry spell. Cowan’s 3-pointer from the wing ended the scoreless stretch for the Bulldogs, as she and Pace netted nine consecutive points to push the lead back to 64-47 with 4:02 remaining.

Allen hit a pair of 3-pointers for the Bulldogs in the first six minutes of the game, but the Bears hung close thanks to trifectas by Brogan Conley and Sally Roberts. But UPike went almost six minutes without a field goal, allowing CU to put together a 10-0 run that included a 3-pointer as the shot clock was expiring by Briannica Tye.

Natalie Tunnell’s trifecta ended the drought for Pikeville at the 9:24 mark. Tunnell added another field goal and Whitney Jackson scored a bucket, pulling the Bears within 22-20, but the Bulldogs answered with a 16-7 spurt over the final 5:53 of the period. Pace netted three straight baskets to start the run before another Allen added another 3-pointer.

Cowan scored the final seven points of the half for CU, making a beautiful reverse layup on the fast break, hitting two free throws and then knocking down a trifecta just before the buzzer for a 38-27 advantage for the Bulldogs. Pace posted 11 points and Allen and Cowan each added nine in the period.

Cumberland continues its current four-game road swing with contests at Lindsey Wilson on January 15 and at 10th-ranked Campbellsville University on Jan. 17. The Bulldogs return home on January 24 to face Pikeville again.