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Lady Dawgs rally, but suffer second loss in OT
Feb 15, 2013 4:00 pm
Fifth-ranked Cumberland erased a 17-point first-half deficit and had chances in regulation to secure the win but dropped a 61-59 decision to 14th-ranked Shawnee State in the NAIA Game of the Week here Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (24-2, 15-2) lost for the first time since Jan. 3, ending an 11-game winning streak, after starting the game horribly but righting the ship after intermission, only to fall just short in the end. Schera Simpson led the Bears (20-6, 11-5) with 19 points and 11 rebounds and Alex Pohl added 18 points, with many of the duo’s buckets right around the goal.
Pohl netted 12 of her 18 in the first half on 6-of-6 shooting and finished 8-of-10 from the floor, including the game-winning points on a layup with 1:13 remaining.
Shawnee State hit eight of its first 12 shots of the game and raced out to a 28-11 advantage with just about five minutes left in the first half. The Bulldogs played horribly, shooting 4-of-16 and committing 14 turnovers in the period after entering the game averaging 15.5 miscues per contest.
Briannica Tye’s 3-pointer in the final minute cut the halftime deficit to 33-20 and the club came out with a much improved energy after the break.
The Bears still led by 10 early in the second half before the Bulldogs put together a 16-5 run. Tye started the spurt with a bucket and ended it with a 3-pointer, giving CU a 44-43 advantage. Josette Campbell also hit a trifecta at the 12:07 mark, just the second made 3-pointer of the game for the home team. But Jessica Pace was called for an intentional foul after the basket and Pohl hit one foul shot on the other end, tying the game at 44 with 8:35 remaining.
From there it was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way, though the Bears scored six of the next seven points to lead 50-45 with 6:10 remaining. Pace made a layup and Tye nailed another 3-pointer, one of three for her in the game, tying the contest at 50.
Desirai Smith hit a leaner in the lane just before the shot clock expired to put Shawnee back ahead, but Campbell answered with a trifecta for a one-point CU lead with just over a minute left. The Bears turned the ball over on its next possession but the Bulldogs gave it right back with a miscue under the SSU goal.
Pohl was fouled and hit one free throw, tying the game at 53 with 25.1 seconds remaining, but she was whistled for an intentional foul as Tye raced down the floor after the foul shot. Tye made both free throws and then 1-of-2 after the inbounds play for a 56-53 edge.
Alannah Sheets missed a 3-pointer off the glass after both teams called timeout and Pace grabbed the rebound, but she barely hit the front rim on the 1-plus-1 and the ball rolled out of bounds. With no timeouts Pohl fired a fastball some 70 feet down court to Simpson, who caught the ball near the left elbow, took one dribble and stepped behind the arc for the tying 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra period Sampson gave the home team the lead with a layup but missed the foul shot and TaCouya Allen answered with a 3-pointer for the Bulldogs. Smith’s free throw with 1:38 left tied the contest at 59 and a steal by Sheets set up the winning points, as she got stuck under the goal but found Pohl for another layup with 1:13 remaining.
London Elie missed a short jumper for CU and after the Bulldogs forced a shot clock violation, Allen had the final shot, but it was partially blocked near the goal. Pohl grabbed the rebound and the Bears played hot potato in the final seconds before Cumberland could foul.
Tye led the Bulldogs with 14 points and Pace finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, but the duo made just 9-of-23 shots from the field. Shawnee State outscored CU, 40-16, in the paint, especially in the first half when the visitors posted 10 assists on 15 made shots.
Cumberland will play host to Rio Grande at 2 p.m. Saturday. Senior Day activities will take place for eight women’s basketball players between games of the doubleheader against the Red Storm.