|February 09, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LWC-W||CU-W|
|FG Percentage||.400 (18-45)||.343 (23-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.154 (2-13)||.333 (5-15)|
|FT Percentage||.778 (14-18)||.684 (13-19)|
Arnold - 1
Meeks - 1
Rainey - 1
Allen - 3
LEBANON, Tenn. – Yalonda Davis and Casie Cowan each scored five points during an 18-0 run in the second half, as No. 6 Cumberland overcame cold shooting in the opening period and posted a 64-52 victory over Lindsey Wilson here Saturday in women’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (24-1, 15-1 Mid-South) couldn’t catch a break around the basket in the first half and allowed the Blue Raiders (15-10, 6-9) to shoot 50 percent from the field in the period, including six second-chance points. CU made just 7-of-25 shots at one point in the opening half and trailed by 10 midway through the period before a 10-2 spurt highlighted by two 3-pointers from Briannica Tye left the home team down by a point at the break.
Lindsey Wilson netted the first four points of the second half with a jumper by Tara Arnold and two free throws from Jasmine Brimm, but Cowan’s 3-pointer and then an 18-footer tied the game at 36 and ignited the Bulldog offense. Davis netted five points during the run as well, finally getting a bucket plus the foul to stay in the rim and ending the spurt with two foul shots.
Calamity Jane Coley came off the bench to provide energy and offense as well, getting a putback and then running the floor on the fast break and finishing with a layup. The freshman added a block and three rebounds in seven minutes of action during the run.
Brimm finally ended the scoreless stretch for the Blue Raiders after almost seven minutes, but by then Cumberland led by 11 and never looked back. CU pushed its advantage to as many as 14 points and LWC never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Tye was the only Bulldog in double figures, posting 20 points and breaking out of an offensive slump after scoring just two points and making 1-of-17 shots, including 0-for-8 from 3-point range. She hit three trifectas in the contest and was 5-of-6 at the foul line along with four assists and two steals in the win.
London Elie and Davis both recorded eight points while TaCouya Allen added six points and Simone Ryan posted six boards and a team-best eight boards in only 21 minutes of action. Ryan started her first game of the year in place of Jessica Pace, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, after Pace injured her ankle in the second half of Thursday’s win over Campbellsville University.
Ashley Rainey led all players with 21 points and 22 rebounds, including 16 points and 14 boards in the first half. The senior was 6-of-10 from the field and made 9-of-10 foul shots along with grabbing eight offensive rebounds, many of which sent her to the foul line. Brimm added 20 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Cumberland’s defense in the second half limited the Blue Raiders offensive effectiveness, as LWC shot just 32 percent in the period, including 1-of-10 to start the half. Lindsey Wilson committed 24 turnovers in the contest, which the Bulldogs turned into 19 points.
Rainey and Brimm scored 11 of LWC’s first 14 points of the game and Sarah Gillis added a 3-pointer and another field goal. Rainey’s two free throws gave the Blue Raiders a 21-11 lead with 8:55 left in the first half. Tye’s two 3-pointers during the 10-2 spurt kept the Bulldogs in the game and Josette Campbell added a trifecta just before the half, as Lindsey Wilson carried a 32-31 advantage to the locker room.
Cumberland hosts 21st-ranked Shawnee State on Thursday and will take on the University of Rio Grande next Saturday, February 16, in the annual Play4Kay game as well as Senior Day.