From staff reports
Cumberland women’s basketball coach Jeremy Lewis announced the club’s 2013-14 schedule this week, which includes 12 home contests and 12 total games against teams that participated in last year’s NAIA National Tournament.
Lewis enters his fifth season at the helm of his alma mater and returns just five letter-winners and two starters from last season’s club that finished 33-3 overall, winning the regular season and conference tournament titles and reaching the Fab Four at the NAIA National Tournament.
Seniors Casie Cowan, TaCouya Allen and Lebanon's London Elie along with junior Tasia Blue and sophomore Calamity Jane Coley will join redshirts Katie Smith, Layce Colter, Friendship Christian-graduate Andi Morrisett and Ngodoo Itiavkase and six other newcomers on this year’s team.
The Bulldogs will open the season Nov. 1-2 at the Bethel Rotary Classic in McKenzie, taking on Oklahoma Baptist and the host Bethel Wildcats. Bethel reached the national tournament last season, falling in the first round.
Cumberland will begin the home schedule with a men’s and women’s doubleheader on Nov. 5 versus Oakwood before traveling to Freed-Hardeman on Nov. 9. FHU reached the Fab Four in last year’s national tourney along with the Bulldogs.
Six total Mid-South Conference schools were invited to last season’s NAIA National Tournament (Shawnee State, Campbellsville, Georgetown College, St. Catharine, the University of the Cumberlands and Cumberland), and CU faces the other five in home-and-home series in 2013-14.
The MSC schedule will begin Nov. 21 at Rio Grande before the Bulldogs take on Shawnee State on Nov. 23. Cumberland and the Bears played three times last season, with CU winning 2 of 3 and the games decided by a grand total of eight points. SSU’s victory came in overtime in Lebanon.
CU will play two more home games in December – the first on the 14th versus Talladega and also on the 16th against Milligan.
Mid-South Conference action will start again Jan. 2 with home contests versus St. Catharine and Campbellsville that weekend. The Bulldogs will have a three-game homestand later in the month versus Lindsey Wilson, Georgetown and the Cumberlands and play host to Pikeville, Bluefield, Shawnee State and Rio Grande in February.
Cumberland will also play host to the 2013 Mid-South Conference Basketball Championships on March 6-9. The men’s quarterfinals will take place on March 6, with the women’s quarters on March 7. All four semifinals will be held on March 8 and the tournament finishes with both finals on March 9, all at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.