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CU HOOPS -- Women down Talladega

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'Dogs fall to Freed-Hardeman
LEBANON -- Double-doubles from Bre Neal and Nicole Bowers led No. 12-ranked Cumberland in Tuesday's 61-51 victory over Talladega College at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The CU women (6-2) made just 3-of-17 shots in the opening period and then hit 54 percent (20-for-37) the rest of the game.

The Tornadoes (7-2) led by as many as 11 points in the opening minute of the second quarter, but CU outscored the visitors, 21-10, in that period and pushed the lead to double figures in the fourth quarter.

Neal finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, her second career double-double and first this season, while Bowers added 11 points and 10 boards, her second double-double of the year and third double-digit rebounding effort of the season. The game also marked the team's sixth in 13 days and it certainly looked that way in the first quarter.

Jalita Fason led the Bulldogs with 14 popints and added six assists while Chelsey Hall hit 5-of-6 at the foul line in the final period and netted 11 points.

Julia Fox made a 3-pointer from the corner to start the final period for Cumberland, her only points of the game, and layups by Fason and Kaitlin Oliver extended the lead to 50-40 with eight minutes to play. Four points by Calhoun and a layup from Youngblood cut the CU advantage to 54-50 with two minutes remaining, as the Tornadoes took advantage of six fourth quarter turnovers by the home team.

Cumberland was 7-of-8 at the foul line in the final 1:44, icing the victory and giving Talladega its second loss to CU this season.

(Men) FHU 77, Cumberland 61
Ninth-ranked Freed-Hardeman started the second half with a 27-10 run to blow open a one-point game in a 77-61 victory over Cumberland in men's basketball action Tuesday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (4-6) lost for the fifth straight game while shooting just 37 percent from the field, 31 percent in the second half.

The Lions (6-1) did just the opposite, hitting 49 percent in the second half to run away from the Bulldogs.

FHU led 31-30 at intermission but started quickly in the second half, just as they did in the first meeting between the two teams a week ago.

Eight players scored during the 27-10 spurt, with six points from Isaiah Harrison and five apiece for Austin Dempsey and Trevor Randolph.

Cumberland made just 5-of-15 field goal attempts and committed five turnovers during the run as well.

Ronell Abaekobe posted 20 points and 12 rebounds in the game for CU and Mark Brown hit three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Devarus Craig added 12 points, with eight of those in the first half.

Cumberland will be back in action Monday, Nov. 30 as Fisk University comes to Lebanon for a 6 p.m. doubleheader.

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