CU struggles on defense
ST. CATHARINE, Ky. – The Cumberland men’s basketball team struggled on the defensive end as St. Catharine College shot 54 percent from the field in a 99-82 defeat of the Bulldogs 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.
Along with McFadden, four others notch double-figure outputs for the Bulldogs. DeQuan Bond added 13 points and Wilkerson added 12, while Lamar Brinkley and Alex Flagler each added 10.
(women) Cumberland 74, St. Catharine 61
ST. CATHARINE, Ky. – Casie Cowan poured in 26 points and Katie Smith added 19 as Cumberland rolled past St. Catharine College 74-6, in women’s basketball action Thursday 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.
The CU teams play Campbellsville Univ. on the road Saturday before returning to the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center next week. Tip-off for Saturday’s women's game is set for 1 p.m.