Calamity Jane Coley posted 19 points and nine boards and Katie Smith added 12 rebounds, as No. 7 Cumberland started the second half with a 16-2 run to pull away for a 69-30 victory over Oakwood in the home opener for the Bulldogs on Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland (1-2) forced 18 turnovers, turning those into 25 points, and limited the Ambassadors (1-3) to just eight field goals in the game, including three in the second half. TaCouya Allen netted 17 points with five 3-pointers and Casie Cowan and Kishaun Williams each recorded 10 points for CU.
Coley scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first period, hitting six of her 11 shots. The Lafayette native netted six points in an 11-0 run in the first half and helped the Bulldogs register 19 second-chance points with eight offensive rebounds.
Allen and Cowan nailed 3-pointers the first two trips up the floor for Cumberland, but layups from Simone Brown and Traci Carroll and a jumper by Briana Gill tied the game at six just over two minutes into the contest. From there the Bulldogs put together an 11-0 spurt highlighted by six points from Coley and four by Williams.
The Ambassadors scored just two points and did not have a field goal over a nine-plus minute stretch, with a trifecta by Christy Harris ending the drought at the 7:48 mark. Allen and Cowan added one more 3-pointer apiece in the middle of the period. Coley scored seven of the club’s final nine points, assisting on the final basket to Smith, and CU led 39-16 at intermission.
Williams netted six of her 10 points in the first six minutes of the second half, part of the 16-2 run to begin the period. Allen hit two more trifectas during the spurt and Cowan’s midrange jumper from the right wind ended the stretch, pushing the lead to 55-18.
Cowan and Layce Colter each knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the game, part of nine for CU in the contest. Smith posted six rebounds in each half and Cowan and Allen each grabbed six rebounds as well. The Bulldogs also recorded 17 assists as a team on 23 field goals.
Cumberland will hit the road for the next month, starting Saturday at sixth-ranked Freed-Hardeman.
Men dominant in season-opening win
In its season opener, the Cumberland men’s basketball squad wasted no time adjusting to a new year as the Bulldogs opened up a 10-0 lead and never looked back, cruising to an 82-55 victory over Oakwood on Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Guards E.J. Perry and Josh Wilkerson each scored a team-high 17 points in the contest. Perry hit three of the Bulldogs’ 10 three-pointers while Wilkerson added two of his own. Freshman Marquel Hickerson brought down a game-high eight rebounds.
The Bulldogs (1-0) shot just 37.5 percent from the floor in the second half, but had opened up a large enough lead to keep the game out of reach. Solid free throw shooting also helped to ease the cold hands. CU sunk 22-of-24 from the charity stripe during the game, including hitting 18-of-20 in the second half.
Following a pair of free throws to open the first half, Alex Flagler and Wilkerson each hit from behind the arc. A jumper from Moritz Dern found nothing but net and put the Bulldogs ahead, 10-0.
Three-pointers would continue to fuel CU in the opening frame as Cumberland hit eight from downtown in the opening half alone.
Already leading 32-16 with just 4:12 left in the half, Cumberland exploded for 12 straight points, capped by a pair of Perry fast break layups to remove any doubt from the contest.
Oakwood (0-4) was not content to go away in the second half, opening with a 12-3 run over the first six minutes thanks, in part, by a 1-for-8 performance by the Bulldogs in that time frame. CU continued to struggle offensively in the second half until around the 8:30 mark in the game.
A Flagler layup answered an Oakwood three-pointer and sparked what would be a 10-0 run over the next four minutes. The Atlanta, Ga., native hit a jumper which was followed by a steal from Terry Williams who fed Hickerson for the finish. Four free throws handed the Bulldogs a 23 point advantage with four minutes to play.
Cumberland will not enjoy a long break between contests as the squad will now shift gears to Thursday night's home contest against Mid-Continent. Tip-off against the Cougars is set for 7 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.