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Coley, Cowan lead CU women past St. Cat

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LEBANON -- Calamity Jane Coley tied her career-high with 31 points and Casie Cowan added 18 after intermission as 22nd-ranked Cumberland used a 20-5 run to begin the second half in a 75-62 victory over St. Catharine College Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
 
The Bulldogs (7-4, 3-0 Mid-South) won their fourth straight contest overall and first since December 16. TaCouya Allen and Katie Smith both grabbed 13 rebounds for CU while Tasia Blue handed out six assists and Cowan added six helpers.
 
Coley helped Cumberland build a 10-point advantage in the first half, with the club netting 13 second-chance points on 11 offensive rebounds. The sophomore hit 8-of-13 shots, but her teammates were just 4-for-23 from the field.
 
The Patriots (3-8, 1-2) cut the 10-point deficit to three and then used a 9-0 spurt at the end of the half to knot the game at 28 at the break.

Cowan came out on first in the second half, knocking down three 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the period. Coley added a pair of buckets and Allen hit a layup plus the free throw before Cowan’s 15-footer on the break put the Bulldogs ahead, 48-33, with 14:16 remaining in the game.
 
St. Catharine would not go away though, using a 19-9 run to cut the deficit to five. Heather Sandlin netted eight of her 12 points during the run, including a pair of old-fashioned 3-point plays, and Lexus Edwards posted the first six points of the spurt, making it 57-52 CU with 9:23 remaining.
 
Blue’s only bucket of the game, a 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock, finally ended the run, and Cowan nailed a fadeaway 17-footer on an out-of-bounds play to push the lead back to 10. Another jumper from Cowan and then a 3-point play by Coley with just over two minutes to play put the game away for Cumberland.
 
Machera Calhoun paced the Patriots with 13 points and six assists and Edwards finished with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs put together an early 9-2 run thanks to an old-fashioned 3-point play from Coley and a trifecta by Terra Pryor. Two more buckets by Coley caused a timeout by the Patriots with CU holding a 15-7 advantage eight minutes into the contest.
 
Smith’s short turnaround off the glass pushed the Bulldog lead to 10, but the Patriots responded with its own 9-2 spurt that included a pair of driving layups by Edwards and a 3-pointer from Cora Moore.
 
Coley netted three straight buckets late in the period, two on putbacks, giving Cumberland a 28-19 lead with 2:31 left in the period, but again St. Catharine came back, this time going on a 9-0 run to end the half.
 
Kourtney Belcher hit a short jumper before a long 3-pointer from Stacie Shrout. Belcher’s 17-footer from the wing just before the final buzzer knotted the score at 28 at the break.
 
Cumberland hosts seventh-ranked Campbellsville University on Saturday at 2 p.m. before hitting the road next week for Mid-South contests at Bluefield College and the University of Pikeville.

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