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Second-half rally carries CU to 63-55 road win

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Allen

Brittany Lawson Cumberland

Brittany Lawson posted 16 points and four blocks, Bre Neal added 12 points and nine rebounds and Jazmine Smith scored 12 points as well, as Cumberland used a 12-2 spurt in the second half to take a 63-55 victory over No. 17 Georgetown College here Thursday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.

The Bulldogs (5-2, 1-0 Mid-South) trailed by six at the half and 37-32 with 15:19 to play before the decisive run gave CU the lead for good. Lawson’s layup started the spurt and Chelsey Hall followed with a layup, her first points of the game. After 1-of-2 free throws from Shantanique Tolbert, Terra Pryor nailed a deep 3-pointer from the wing, giving Cumberland its first lead since early in the contest, 40-39.

Hall added an 18-footer and then two foul shots, part of her nine points in the second period after picking up three fouls in the first half. Cumberland did not have a field goal from Hall’s jumper with 10:55 left in the game until a big layup from Neal at the 5:39 mark, hitting eight foul shots during the stretch, including five by Smith.

Tolbert had a nice lefthanded move in the paint at the 4:21 mark, giving CU a 56-49 advantage, but a missed runner from Pryor and two turnovers allowed Georgetown to cut the lead to three. Tralyn Woodard made a layup after the miss and Ashli Mayes made 1-of-2 free throws, making it 56-53 with 2:36 remaining.

A great dish from Neal to Lawson for a layup with 53.8 seconds left when the Tigers began trapping stretched the lead back to five and the Bulldogs knocked down 5-of-8 at the charity stripe thereafter to put the win away.

Smith was 8-for-11 at the foul line for CU and the Bulldogs finished 18-of-27 on free throws, overcoming 18 turnovers. Cumberland’s defense also forced 27 miscues from the Tigers, 17 of those in the second half when the Bulldogs began trapping.

Mayes led the Tigers with 14 points and Jessica Foster, Woodard and Devanny King each finished with eight.

The teams traded field goals for the first seven minutes of the contest, with Lawson and Neal netting the first 10 points for CU, and two free throws from Smith made it 15-14 for the Tigers with 11:11 to play in the first half. Georgetown put together a 10-3 spurt over the next four minutes, with two foul shots and a layup by Mayes and a pair of free throws from Mykal Farris, as CU was whistled for 11 fouls in the period.

Field goals from Smith and Tolbert cut the deficit to five and putbacks from Tamera Giles and Neal made it 30-26 for the Tigers, but Georgetown got two offensive rebounds in the final minute of the half and Woodard’s layup just before the buzzer gave the home team a six-point edge at intermission.

Lawson netted 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting for the Bulldogs but Cumberland missed several layups and had 11 turnovers, many of those unforced. Mayes led the Tigers with eight points and Jessica Foster and Woodard each posted six for Georgetown.

Cumberland plays again at Shawnee State this Saturday at 1 p.m. Central Time before taking a break for Thanksgiving.

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