TaCouya Allen posted 23 points and Katie Smith added 14 points and 12 rebounds, as Cumberland used an 11-0 run at the end of the first half to take the lead and never let go in a 68-51 victory over Lindsey Wilson on Thursday night in women’s basketball action.
Allen netted 14 points in the first half, including the final seven points of the period, while Casie Cowan scored 10 of her 16 points after the break to lead the Bulldogs (8-7, 4-3 Mid-South). Allen, Cowan and Smith combined for 53 points, 27 rebounds and nine assists, as the club played without Calamity Jane Coley because of illness.
Lindsey Wilson (14-5, 4-3) started the game 9-of-18 from the field but then shot just 33 percent (13-for-39) the rest of the way, including missing 11 of its final 15 shots in the first half. The Bulldogs took advantage over the final eight minutes of the opening period, outscoring the Blue Raiders 20-8, including the 11-0 spurt that put CU ahead for good.
The Blue Raiders held the early lead behind a trio of 3-pointers, the last one from Cassidy Martin, giving LWC a 21-17 advantage with 7:59 left in the first half. Smith connected on an old-fashioned three-point play and added another bucket and free throw during the 11-0 run and Allen recorded the club’s last seven points of the period, including her own old-fashioned three-point play, and actually had a layup roll out at the buzzer. CU headed to intermission with a 37-29 advantage.
In the second half Cumberland pushed the lead to 13 early in the period behind a 3-pointer and another field goal from Allen, but each time CU looked to put the game away, the Blue Raiders would cut into the deficit. Chanel Roberts hit a layup plus the free throw and Martin added the second of her three 3-pointers, making it 46-39 Bulldogs with 13:24 to play.
Cumberland led by just seven again after another Martin trifecta with 8:41 remaining, but the Bulldogs put together a 12-0 run over the next five minutes to finally breathe easy. Cowan knocked a 3-pointer and had a baseline jumper and Layce Colter added a trifecta before a layup from Tasia Blue and two foul shots by Smith.
Blue finished with 10 points while Allen registered nine boards and five assists to go with her 23 points.
Roberts led the Blue Raiders with 18 points and Bre Elder collected 10 points and 11 rebounds as well.
Cumberland does not play this weekend and wlll remain home next week, taking on Georgetown College on Thursday and the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday.
Poor second half shooting dooms Bulldog men
Cumberland’s men took a 55-52 advantage with 7:45 left in the game, but Lindsey Wilson College followed with a 15-3 run over the next six minutes to hand the Bulldogs their fifth loss in six games 70-61 Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (11-5, 3-4 Mid-South) were unable to draw even for the first time in the second half until the 8:07 mark when freshman Marquel Hickerson dropped a pair of free throws. The freshman followed immediately after with a fastbreak bucket-and-foul opportunity to give CU a 55-52 lead with 7:45 showing on the clock.
The Blue Raiders (11-8, 2-5) again recaptured the lead at the 5:47 mark as back-to-back CU turnovers resulted in two transition buckets for a 58-55 lead in favor of the visitors.
Following the lone Cumberland advantage of the period, Lindsey Wilson responded with a 15-3 run during the next seven minutes to assume control.
The Bulldogs shot an abysmal 28 percent from the field in the second half, hitting just 7 of 25 shots including 4-of-18 from inside the three-point line.
Hickerson led the Bulldogs in scoring for the seventh time this season with a game-high 21 points, his fifth time scoring 20-plus. Redshirt senior Lamar Brinkley and junior Josh Wilkerson added 12 point each.
Cumberland opened the game white hot, hitting eight of its first 11 shots to take a 19-16 advantage at the 10:30 mark in the first half. Hickerson led the way with eight points, connecting on 3-of-4 including 2-of-3 from behind the arc.
The Bulldogs shooting cooled slightly as the Blue Raiders’ Daronte’ Clark hit back-to-back triples on fast break opportunities to give Lindsey Wilson a 27-26 lead with 6:18 on the clock, its first advantage since the 17:45 mark.
Wilkerson took over the next two minutes for the Bulldogs, scoring seven straight points to hand the lead back to CU with 4:44 remaining. The two squads traded buckets for the remainder of the half but a transition layup from Keshaun Mayfield at the two-minute mark proved to be the final score of the half leading Lindsey Wilson into the locker room with a 36-35 advantage.
Hickerson matched Clark with a game-high 12 points at the break, while Wilkerson added nine and Lamar Brinkley scored seven. The Bulldogs ended the half shooting 48 percent from the field, but just 30 percent from long range.
Lindsey Wilson broke open its largest lead of the game to that point, a six-point lead six minutes into the second half. Wilkerson stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer from the corner to cut the deficit to 46-43 with 13:30 remaining.
For the fourth time in Mid-South play, Cumberland was unable to turn a halftime deficit into a victory. In the Bulldogs previous three MSC losses, CU trailed at the break in each. In its three victories, Cumberland held a halftime advantage.
Cumberland will now enjoy a week-long break before facing off against Georgetown College at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center at 8 p.m. next Thursday.