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Overtime three sinks Lady Bulldogs

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:58 PM

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Cassidy Martin’s 3-pointer with exactly one minute remaining in overtime put Lindsey Wilson ahead for good and Keosha Wisener added two free throws with 16.5 seconds left, as the Blue Raiders used 16 second-chance points to pull out a 63-60 victory over Cumberland here Thursday night in women’s basketball action at the Biggers Sports Center.

The Bulldogs seemed to have the game in hand in the final minute of regulation despite a three-minute scoring drought, but Layce Colter missed the front end of a 1-plus-1 with 16.5 seconds remaining and CU holding a 54-52 advantage. Lindsey Wilson took advantage and Bre Elder’s layup with 6.7 seconds left sent the game to overtime. Only three total points were scored in the final 3:10 of regulation, none by Cumberland, after TaCouya Allen’s trifecta gave the Bulldogs a 54-51 advantage.

Allen was a workhorse in the loss for CU, registering her third double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-best 14 rebounds along with four steals, but the senior was unable to tie the game in the final seconds of OT when her 3-pointer fell short. Cumberland made just 4-of-18 from behind the arc in the contest, though Allen hit half of that number.

Both teams scored a pair of buckets quickly in the extra period before another lull, but Casie Cowan’s layup in traffic put Cumberland ahead, 60-58, with 1:31 to play. Lindsey Wilson’s ability to crash the glass paid dividends on its next possession, with three offensive boards leading to a second 3-point chance from Martin. This time the freshman nailed the trifecta from the wing, ending a frustrating night for her from behind the arc with a 1-for-8 effort.

The Bulldogs turned the ball over for the third time in the final minute of regulation and overtime on its next trip and Wisener hit both ends of the bonus for a three-point LWC edge. Cowan was the first option for CU after a timeout with 11.8 seconds left, but she was covered, leaving Allen on the wing, but her attempt fell short and Cumberland lost for the fourth straight time, including the last three by a total of 13 points.

Calamity Jane Coley netted 14 points for CU, but her last field goal came at the 11:41 mark of the second half, at which time the Blue Raiders went into a 3-2 zone that shut down the inside game for the Bulldogs. Cowan finished with 12 points and four assists but had another bad shooting night, hitting just 4-of-14 overall and 1-of-5 from 3-point range.

Terra Pryor netted a career-best 10 points and added four rebounds and three steals, making all five of her shots.

Chanel Roberts led the Blue Raiders with 15 points and 10 boards despite playing just 18 minutes because of foul trouble. Elder posted 14 points and Kayla Richardson recorded 10 along with seven caroms and four assists.

The teams played fairly even for the first six minutes of action before the Bulldogs put together a 15-3 spurt highlighted by six points each from Pryor and Coley. Pryor had three layups, two of them slashing to the basket, and added a pair of steals during the stretch, giving CU a 24-15 advantage with 7:19 remaining in the period.

The Blue Raiders responded with five quick points and actually ended the period on an 11-5 run, as Cumberland made just one of its final nine field goals with a pair of turnovers to end the half. Elder knocked down a 3-pointer to end the Bulldogs spurt and Widener’s final pull-up jumper with nine seconds remaining cut the halftime lead to 29-26 for CU.

Coley, Cowan, Pryor and Allen all scored six points in the period, but the Bulldogs shot just 37 percent from the field. LWC was at 33 percent shooting and committed 11 turnovers, leading to nine Cumberland points, and CU dominated in the paint in the half with 18 points.

Cumberland will play again next Thursday at the University of the Cumberlands and head to Georgetown College on Feb. 22 before finishing the regular season at home against Shawnee State on Feb. 27 and Rio Grande on March 1.

Buzzer-beater downs men's hoops

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Lindsey Wilson’s D’on Hall connected on a three-pointer with 0.7 seconds on the clock as the Blue Raiders pulled out the improbable win, 66-64, over Cumberland in men’s basketball action here Thursday night at the Biggers Sports Center.

CU’s Kenneth Stripling scored a go-ahead layup with 10 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 64-63 advantage, setting up the final play. Following three straight timeouts by the Blue Raiders, Hall hit from the right wing. The bucket marked his 25 point of the night.

Senior Lamar Brinkley led the way for the Bulldogs with a season-high 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds while junior Moritz Dern notched 11 points and five caroms.

It took the Bulldogs 2:40 to score to open the game, but, trailing 3-0, CU used an 11-0 run over the next three and a half minutes to force a Lindsey Wilson timeout. Following a two from Marquel Hickerson and a trey from Dern, Brinkley netted the next four points before Josh Wilkerson connected on a fast break layup to cap the run.

LWC fought from behind for much of the rest of the period, taking its first advantage with a bucket plus one from Keshaun Mayfield just before the second media break. With 6:07 remaining in the half, the Blue Raiders held a 20-18 lead.

The two squads passed the lead back-and-forth three times over the final six minutes, locking even on three occasions as well. Much of Cumberland's damage came from the free throw line as the Bulldogs connected on 5-of-6 from the charity stripe in the final minute.

The Bulldogs spread the wealth in the first half as eight players tallied at least a point. Hickerson led the way with six points on 2-of-4 shooting and Dern netted five, hitting his lone shot from behind the arc and connecting on a pair of free throws. At the break, Cumberland and Lindsey Wilson were knotted at 31.

CU shot 52.4 percent (11-of-21) in the opening stanza, hitting 2-of-5 from behind the arc and, perhaps most importantly, 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Lindsey Wilson struggled, shooting just 40.7 percent (11-of-27), but recorded eight offensive rebounds in the process.

With 2:55 left in the first half, Cumberland would take its final lead for the next 20:25 in the game. That lead would come at the 2:30 mark. Trailing by four Alex Flagler hit from behind the arc and was fouled. After missing the free throw, Brinkley snagged the rebound and made the layup to give the Bulldogs the 60-59 advantage.

CU turned the ball over just eight times in the contest but lost the rebounding battle 30-26. The Blue Raiders pulled down 13 offensive caroms in the game.

The Bulldogs will enjoy a week off before returning to action next Thursday at the University of the Cumberlands. UC bested the Bulldogs in a tight 55-52 game on Jan. 25 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

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