MSC home games up next
Coming off the Thanksgiving break, Cumberland 12-ranked women's basketball team tuned up for a tough two-game of Mid-South Conference stretch with a 64-41 home win over Fisk Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Nashville native Nicole Bowers scored a season-high 21 points in just 24 minutes to lead the onslaught.
"It was really big, especially with these two conference games coming up Thursday and Saturday," said CU coach Jeremy Lewis."We wanted to get off to a good start and we did. We were a little sluggish in the second quarter, but I thought we did exactly what we needed to do in the third. I thought we were really, really good defensively."
Cumberland (7-2) will host St. Catharine College Thursday and take on No. 1 Campbellsville at home Saturday at 2 p.m
Bowers posted 15 points in the opening half and made 9-of-12 shots overall. The former Hillsboro High standout was a perfect 3-for-3 at the foul line, grabbed five rebounds and blocked five shots.
Bre Neal connected on 6-of-10 shots for 12 points and handed out three assists to go with her nine rebounds. Nine different Cumberland players scored in the contest, with Chelsey Hall and Terra Pryor leading everyone else with six points.
(men) Cumberland 76, Fisk University 70
Cumberland's Ronell Abakekobe exploded for nine points in the final three-plus minutes of the first half to help turn the tide lead the Bulldogs to a 76-70 win over Fisk in Monday's second game.
The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for Coach Lonnie Thompson's club (5-6) headed into a pair of MSC home games Thursday and Friday.
Abaekobe, a native of Los Angeles and a transfer from Delta State, gave the 'Dogs their first lead of the game at 25-23 as he blasted home a one-handed dunk off the left wing with 3:49 left in the first half.
He followed up the slam with a putback, a deep 3-pointer, a step-back jumper from 14 feet and an fadeway jumper from the elbow.
Mufreesboro Riverdale product Devarus Craig enjoyed his finest hour as a Bulldog, powering in 23 points on a 9-of-10 night from the field with 16 rebounds.
"Devarus had a solid game and really rebounded the ball well. I really thought he should have been at the free throw line a little more," Coach Thompson said.
Marquel Hickerson added 10 points while Mark Brown chipped in with nine.