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Bad first half costs CU women on road

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Cumberland scored the first 10 points of the second half and pulled within six with 12:32 remaining, but the Lady Bulldogs could not overcome a horrific first-half shooting performance and dropped a 69-51 victory to 23rd-ranked University of the Cumberlands in women’s basketball action Thursday night at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.

The Bulldogs (9-14, 5-10 Mid-South) shot just 23 percent from the field in the opening half and trailed 37-18 at the break, as the Patriots (17-9, 11-5) jumped out to an 11-2 advantage and then used a 16-0 spurt later in the period to build a 24-point lead in the period.

Cumberland played much better in the second half, with Casie Cowan hitting a pair of 3-pointers and Katie Smith adding two buckets. Brooke Forsythe answered with a pair of long-range 2-pointers and two free throws for the Patriots, part of her 25-point, 10-rebound effort.

But the Bulldogs continued to push, netting the next nine points, with an old-fashioned 3-point play by Smith and field goals from TaCouya Allen, Calamity Jane Coley and Cowan, the last one a layup that cut the deficit to 43-37 with 12:32 remaining. Lynnae Lampkins’ fourth trifecta of the contest, this one from well beyond the arc, seemed to settle the Cumberlands offensively and started a 12-4 run for the home team, with Jill Herman nailing a 3-pointer during the stretch for UC.

The Patriots connected on 8 of 15 shots from behind the arc, including 4-of-5 by Lampkins. She finished with 12 points, while Jackie Alexander hit two 3-pointers and posted 15 points. Forsythe hit 10 of 17 shots overall from the field.

Smith led the Bulldogs with 14 points, 12 in the second half, while Cowan recorded 13 points and Allen had 12 with seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs started the game 1-for-5 from the field with four turnovers while the Patriots knocked down three 3-pointers in the first four minutes, jumping out to an 11-2 advantage. Lampkins and Alexander both hit two trifectas in the early going and Julie Haye’s putback gave the Cumberlands a 19-9 lead just seven minutes into the game.

Field goals by Cowan and Tasia Blue cut the deficit to eight, but Forsythe netted eight of the next 10 points for UC and a third 3-pointer in the half by Lampkins made it 35-11 for the Patriots. Terra Pryor knocked down a triple and added a layup the next two trips for CU, but Alexander’s floater at the end of the shot clock put UC ahead, 37-18, at the break.

Cumberland will play its final road game of the season Saturday at eighth-ranked Georgetown College at 1 p.m. CST.

Men drop seventh straight

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Cumberland scored just four points during a seven and a half minute span in the final 10 minutes of the second half, and the University of the Cumberlands hit four-straight free throws down the stretch to ice it, as the Patriots defeated CU, 61-58, in men’s basketball action Thursday night at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.

Redshirt senior Lamar Brinkley recorded his second double-double of the season, scoring 11 points while grabbing 11 caroms, and junior Josh Wilkerson added 14 points in the loss.

The two teams never got further than four points apart in the second half, but a triple from Brinkley gave Cumberland (12-12, 4-10 Mid-South) a 47-45 advantage with 10:14 remaining. Over the next seven and a half minutes, the Bulldogs would only net four points, allowing the Patriots (16-10, 8-8) to retake the lead.

Brinkley tied the game at 53 with a pair of free throws at the 2:45 mark, but Tony Bradley responded with a bucket to give the lead back to UC. DeMario Frazier converted a layup on the following possession for CU, but again the Patriots responded with a bucket from Shaquille Lowery.

With 27 seconds on the clock, CU failed to score, and the Cumberlands hit the four necessary free throws to keep the game out of reach.

The Bulldogs shot 42.3 percent (22-for-52) from the field, and made 7 of 15 from behind the arc, out-shooting the Patriots in both facets. UC made up the difference by converting on 8 of 10 (80 percent) from the charity stripe in the second half.

Cumberland struggled to find a rhythm offensively in the opening minutes. After taking a 6-2 advantage, including a pair of buckets from Brinkley, the Bulldogs would spend the next 5:18 scoreless. CU trailed at the opening media timeout, 11-6.

Out of the break, a flip switched for Cumberland as the squad went on a 20-6 run over the next 6:39. During that span, Wilkerson got hot, scoring seven points, while Moritz Dern added a triple. An easy layup from DeQuan Bond forced a UC timeout as the Bulldogs took a nine-point advantage.

The Patriots responded with a 10-3 run to close out the half, the Bulldogs still enjoying a two-point lead but in foul trouble. CU committed eight fouls in the final 3:37 of the half, compared to just to from the home squad.

Wilkerson closed the half with a team-high nine points, along with three rebounds. Flagler added six points before the break and Brinkley grabbed three caroms. The Bulldogs shot 41 percent (12-of-29) from the field compared to just 33 percent (9-of-27) for UC.

The Cumberlands reached the free throw line 11 times in the first half, converting on six (54.5 percent), and Cumberland went just 2-of-6 (33.3 percent). UC’s Kenny Cowser scored a game-high 10 points and grabbed four rebounds before the half.

Cumberland will remain on the road for a contest against No. 19 Georgetown College on Saturday. The Bulldogs will close the season next weekend with home games against Shawnee State on Thursday and the University of Rio Grande on Saturday.

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