Cowan's 28 not enough in CU ladies loss

Staff Reports • Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Casie Cowan hit six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points, but Daizah Kimberland and Lindsey Burd combined for 36 points off the bench and No. 7 Campbellsville put together a 13-1 spurt in the second half en route to a 70-66 victory over 22nd-ranked Cumberland on Saturday in women’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (7-5, 3-1 Mid-South) and Tigers were neck-and-neck for much of the contest until a three-minute stretch midway through the second period. Burd started the run with a jumper and a layup and ended the spurt with another bucket, giving Campbellsville (13-1, 4-0) a 57-44 advantage with 8:10 remaining in the game. CU committed three turnovers and missed a pair of shots during the Tigers run.

Cumberland battled valiantly over the final minutes, cutting the deficit to four thanks to a pair of trifectas from Cowan and a 3-pointer by Layce Colter, who also assisted on a layup by Katie Smith to make it 64-60 with 1:58 remaining.

That was as close as CU would get, as Burd and Kimberland each made both foul shots in the 1-and-1 over the final 42 seconds. The Bulldogs had to foul three times in the final minute to put The Tigers in the bonus.

Cowan connected on 6-of-8 from behind the arc and 9-of-13 shots overall for her seventh career 20-plus point effort. Smith added 15 points and TaCouya Allen posted 10 points and 10 rebounds, her first double-double of the season and third straight contest with double-figure boards.

Burd and Kimberland were the only Tigers in double figures. Burd scored 14 of her 20 points in the second half and Kimberland netted 12 of her 16 after the break, with the duo making 16-of-25 shots. Campbellsville scored 20 points off 15 CU turnovers in the contest while committing just seven miscues.

The first half included 10 ties and four lead changes and the Bulldogs held the biggest lead of the period in the early-going at 13-6. Smith helped CU take that advantage with a pair of 15-footers and two driving layups while Cowan drilled her first trifecta of the half.

But Campbellsville answered with a 9-1 spurt with a pair of buckets from Burd and a 3-pointer by Katie Allen, giving the Tigers a 15-14 edge. From there neither team led by more than three the rest of the period, as the clubs battled back-and-forth.

Kristen Jacob’s putback put Campbellsville ahead, 29-26, and TaCouya Allen made one free throw with 35 seconds left in the half. Ngodoo Itiavkase forced a jump ball after the second foul shot and the Bulldogs held the ball for over a minute to end the period but managed just one point, with three missed 3-pointers before TaCouya Allen’s final shot rimmed out at the buzzer with the visitors taking a two-point halftime lead.

Cowan led Cumberland with 11 points and Smith added eight while TaCouya Allen posted five points and seven rebounds. The Tigers grabbed nine offensive rebounds and turned those into 11 second-chance points, but CU evened the rebounding margin in the final 10 minutes of the half.

Cumberland will hit the road for conference outings this week, facing Bluefield on Thursday and Pikeville on Saturday. The Bulldogs will return home Jan. 16 against Lindsey Wilson.

Men drop third straight

Lamar Brinkley hit a pair of free throws with 18.9 seconds to give Cumberland a 68-67 lead, but a layup from Campbellsville with four seconds on the clock would prove to be the difference as the Tigers won 69-68 here Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (10-3, 2-2 MSC) took their first lead of the second half with just two minutes remaining as freshman Marquel Hickerson connected from the right wing for a triple set up by a high screen from Brinkley. The bucket gave Cumberland a 64-63 lead, after battling back from an eight-point deficit.

Hickerson led the way for the Bulldogs with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting and 5-of-9 from behind the arc. Junior Josh Wilkerson and Brinkley each notched double-figure scoring, both with 11.

Just as it had Thursday against St. Catharine, Cumberland continued to struggle on the glass in the opening half, allowing the Tigers to pull down seven offensive rebounds in the period. Campbellsville (6-6, 1-3 MSC) turned that into 12 second chance points compared to the Bulldogs’ four.

Both teams began the contest with hot hands. Campbellsville played the first 11 minutes of the game at a 64 percent shooting clip, hitting nine of its first 16 shots. The Bulldogs meanwhile recorded a respectable 8-for-16 performance in the same time frame. At the 8:51 mark in the first half, the remained tied at 22.

Hickerson paced the Bulldogs in the first period, connecting on 3-of-4 from three-point range en route to a team-high 11 points in the opening 20 minutes. Wilkerson and senior Lester Gude each added a trey as CU shot 5-for-10 from behind the arc in the half.

Hickerson’s lone miss of the half from long range turned into a big moment for Campbellsville. Already trailing by one with the clock ticking toward zero, Hickerson fired an ill-advised shot from the right wing with about four seconds left.

The Tigers pulled down the rebound and found Eric Gaines streaking down the court. Gaines floated a shot from just inside the three point line which banked off the glass and in as time expired to extend the score to 42-39 headed to the locker room. Gaines would also hit the final layup of the game with just four seconds on the clock to clinch the victory.

After trading buckets in the first two minutes of the second half, Campbellsville jumped out to its largest lead over the next four minutes. The Tigers went on a 7-0 run until a Josh Wilkerson layup and foul stopped the bleeding at 51-45. The Bulldogs followed with five straight points to answer and bring the game within one.

Cumberland will head out on the road Thursday for another Mid-South matchup against Bluefield. Tip-off for the contest is set for 7 p.m. CST. The Bulldogs will remain on the road on Saturday against Pikeville.

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