ST. CATHARINE, Ky. – Casie Cowan poured in 26 points and Katie Smith added 19 points and nine boards, as Cumberland used a 19-4 run late in the first half to take the lead and finished on a 12-4 spurt, defeating St. Catharine, 74-61, in women’s basketball action Thursday night at Lourdes Hall.
Tasia Blue netted 12 points, including eight straight in the second half, and TaCouya Allen posted 12 points and eight boards, with six of the final 12 points of the game for the Bulldogs (9-9, 5-5 Mid-South).
Cumberland led 34-31 at the break and put together a 16-3 run early in the second half, with Cowan knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to cap the stretch for a 54-41 advantage. The Patriots answered with six straight points, including an old-fashioned 3-point play from Machera Calhoun, cutting the CU lead to seven with 10:27 remaining.
Blue took over for the next three-plus minutes, hitting a driving layup, a long 2-pointer and a putback before another layup, but Stacie Shrout nailed her second 3-pointer of the game, making it a five-point game at the final media timeout at 5:55.
St. Catharine did not score for the next four-plus minutes and Allen finally found her game, making three straight buckets and assisting on Smith’s layup for a 70-57 lead with 3:11 to play. Cowan finished on the fast break and added another field goal in the final two minutes. She finished 11-for-19 from the field overall and 3-of-6 from behind the arc.
Smith, Allen and Blue each hit six field goals, combining to make 18-of-35 attempts.
Sasha Ruiz-Lopez led the Patriots (3-13, 1-9) with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Rianne Hofstraat posted 10 points and seven boards. Carol Ruiz-Lopez netted 11 points, but 10 came in the first half. SCC started the game 8-of-18 from the field but made just 13-of-45 over the final 30 minutes of the contest.
The Patriots started quickly, hitting eight of their first 18 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers from Carol Sasha-Ruiz. Shrout’s trifecta at the 9:53 mark of the opening half gave the home team a 23-9 advantage, as CU was only 4-for-12 from the field with five turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the game.
But the Bulldogs put together a 19-4 spurt over the next seven minutes, starting with a field goal from Smith before a pair of buckets by Cowan and an old-fashioned 3-point play from Smith. She added four free throws before Cowan’s steal and layup at the 2:33 mark put CU ahead, 28-27, the club’s first lead since the opening field goal of the game, also by Cowan.
Terra Pryor knocked down a 3-pointer, Cowan added her only trifecta of the half and Cumberland took a 34-31 advantage to intermission, outscoring the Patriots 25-8 in the final 10 minutes of the period.
Cowan led all scorers with 14 points and Smith added 13 for CU in the half, combining for 80 percent of the club’s output. St. Catharine hit only four of its final 17 shots in the period after the hot start and also committed nine turnovers in the last 10 minutes.
Defensive letdown leads to loss for Cumberland men
ST. CATHARINE, Ky. – The Cumberland men’s basketball team played its worst defensive contest of the year, allowing season worsts in both points and shooting percentage, as St. Catharine shot 54 percent from the field, including 67 percent in the second half in a 99-82 defeat of the Bulldogs on Thursday night at Lourdes Hall.
Five players scored in double-figures for the Patriots (12-7, 6-4 Mid-South) as Taron Franklin notched 19 and Omar Skinner tacked on 18 to lead the way. Junior Daniel McFadden scored a game and career-high 20 points for the Bulldogs, who managed to shoot .500 (26-of-52) in the game.
Cumberland (12-7, 4-6) trailed by as many as 20 points in the opening half, but were able to cut the deficit to 10 at the break.
The Bulldogs crept as close as eight points in the opening minutes of the second half, but a 58-50 deficit quickly turned to a 68-52 Patriot advantage as St. Catharine used a 10-2 run to take control with 10:32 to play.
Over the final five minutes, St. Catharine put on a dunk contest, as Cumberland was unable to control the ball. In the game, the Bulldogs turned the ball over 21 times leading to 22 points for the Patriots.
The 21 turnovers marked the second-highest total for CU. The lone performance worse came on Jan. 2 against the Patriots, as well.
Cumberland opened the contest ice cold from the field as St. Catharine jumped out to a 19-6 advantage at the first media break. The Bulldogs hit just 3 of 8 during the first eight minutes of the game. The Patriots continued to pour on through the six-minute mark, taking a 20-point lead.
The Bulldogs came out of the second media break with a pair of free throws from Lamar Brinkley and followed with eight straight points to cut the deficit to 12 with four minutes left. The Bulldogs seemed unable to bring the game within 10 as the half came to a close.
That changed in the final 15 seconds as McFadden connected on back-to-back layups, separated by a Bulldog steal. After trailing by as many 20, CU would head to the break trailing 46-36. McFadden led the way with nine points, while junior Josh Wilkerson added eight.
The Bulldogs struggled on the glass in the opening frame, losing the battle 25-16. CU also left several points at the charity stripe, hitting just 11 of 24 free throws during the first 20 minutes.
Along with McFadden, four others notch double-figure outputs for the Bulldogs. DeQuan Bond added 13 points and Wilkerson added 12, while Brinkley and Alex Flagler each added 10.
The Bulldogs will play Campbellsville on the road Saturday before returning to the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center next week. Tip-off for Saturday’s game is set for 3 p.m. CST. The women will tip off at 1.