MACKENZIE – For the second straight night, Cumberland shooting went cold in the middle of the second half as No. 16 Bethel handed the Bulldogs their second loss of the young season, a 74-58 defeat in the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Shootout Classic on Saturday evening at Crisp Arena.
Cumberland (0-2) opened the second half trailing by just three points and remained close through the first media timeout at the 15:07 mark. Over the next nine minutes, CU would score just six points compared to 23 from the Wildcats, a run that would put BU up 65-43 with 5:45 remaining.
During that stretch, the Bulldogs were dominated in the paint as Bethel forwards Perica Glenn and Tayla Foster took control of the contest. The pair combined for 32 of the Wildcats’ 44 second half points.
Cumberland continued to fight over the next three minutes using an 8-1 run, including three-pointers from Layce Coulter and Casie Cowan. The three ball continued to be a bright spot throughout the game, as the Bulldogs went 9-for-19, shooting 47 percent from behind the arc.
The run brought the Bulldogs within 12 with four minutes to play, but that would be the closest the team would get as Bethel used long possessions to milk the clock.
Senior TaCouya Allen provided a breakout performance for Cumberland, as the senior scored a game-high 27 points. Allen shot 50 percent from the field, including 4-of-8 from three-point range.
The Bulldogs continued to struggle on the glass, as Bethel out-rebounded CU, 45-38. Katie Smith provided the team-high for Cumberland with seven boards.
Both squads struggled shooting in the early going, as the teams combined for just nine points in the opening four minutes. The Wildcats began to find a rhythm for the next three minutes, using a 10-5 run to take a 15-9 lead, its biggest of the first half.
The Bulldogs responded with seven of the next nine points as a three-pointer from Allen from the right corner brought the contest within one. CU would come to rely on the trey in the first half, hitting 4-of-8 attempts, two coming from Allen.
The senior used a 4-of-6 performance from the field in the first half to lead the Bulldogs with 13 points. At the break, Cumberland trailed by just three points at 30-27.
The Bulldogs’ next game will open the home schedule at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. Cumberland will take on Oakwood University at 6 p.m.