LEBANON -- TaCouya Allen posted 23 points while Katie Smith added 14 points and 12 rebounds, as Cumberland used an 11-0 run at the end of the first half to take the lead in a 68-51 victory over Lindsey Wilson Thursday night in women’s basketball action.
Allen netted 14 points in the first half, including the final seven points of the period, while Casie Cowan scored 10 of her 16 points after the break to lead the Bulldogs (8-7, 4-3 Mid-South). Allen, Cowan and Smith combined for 53 points, 27 rebounds and nine assists, as the club played without Calamity Jane Coley because of illness.
Lindsey Wilson (14-5, 4-3) started the game 9-of-18 from the field but then shot just 33 percent (13-for-39) the rest of the way, including missing 11 of its final 15 shots in the first half. The Bulldogs took advantage over the final eight minutes of the opening period, outscoring the Blue Raiders 20-8, including the 11-0 spurt that put CU ahead for good.
The Blue Raiders held the early lead behind a trio of 3-pointers, the last one from Cassidy Martin, giving LWC a 21-17 advantage with 7:59 left in the first half. Smith connected on an old-fashioned three-point play and added another bucket and free throw during the 11-0 run and Allen recorded the club’s last seven points of the period, including her own old-fashioned three-point play, and actually had a layup roll out at the buzzer. CU headed to intermission with a 37-29 advantage.
In the second half Cumberland pushed the lead to 13 early in the period behind a 3-pointer and another field goal from Allen, but each time CU looked to put the game away, the Blue Raiders would cut into the deficit.
Blue finished with 10 points while Allen registered nine boards and five assists to go with her 23 points.
Cumberland does not play this weekend and returns home next week, taking on Georgetown College on Thursday and the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday.