|CU women hang on for win|
|Friday, February 8, 2013|
LEBANON -- TaCouya Allen hit five 3-pointers and scored 18 points as No. 6 Cumberland held on for a 60-59 victory over 12th-ranked Campbellsville University in women’s basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (23-1, 14-1 Mid-South) won their third straight nailbiter and beat the Tigers (18-6, 10-4) for the second time this season, with the two wins by a combined four points.
Allen nailed four trifectas in the first half and added another 3-pointer and a tough drive off glass in the opening minutes of the second period but failed to score over the final 16:19 of the contest.
Cumberland played the final 13:01 of the game without leading scorer and rebounder Jessica Pace, who was injured when her ankle landed on another player under the basket after a putback. That bucket put the Bulldogs ahead, 51-36, but CU made just 2-of-10 shots and committed six turnovers after she left the game.
Campbellsville took advantage, putting together a 23-9 run to end the game, which included nine points from Lindsey Burd and four by Hayley Hellyer. Mary Jehlik scored on a pick-and-roll for the Tigers with 2:48 left, cutting the CU lead to 60-55, but Simone Ryan grabbed two offensive rebounds and London Elie made both foul shots with 1:33 remaining to push the lead back to five.
Cumberland shot 56 percent from the field and made 5-of-10 from behind the arc, with Allen leading the way with 13 points. The Tigers committed nine turnovers, which CU turned into 14 points, and the visitors were also cold from the field, hitting just 7-of-21 shots in the period.
(men) Campbellsville 67, CU 57
Elijah Gillis finished with 17 points and Brian Blackmon had 15 as the Bulldogs fell to 8-16 overall and 4-11 in the Mid-South Conference.
Cumberland takes on Lindsey Wilson College at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center Saturday in a 2 p.m. MSC doubleheader.