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Lewis too much for Cumberland

Posted on 14 December 2014 by Allen

Brittany Lawson Cumberland

Second-ranked Lewis University got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Mariyah Brawner-Henley and 16 points off the bench by Alexus Grayer and held off a second-half Cumberland comeback, defeating the Bulldogs, 75-59, Sunday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (8-4) trailed by as many as 20 points in the first half and 12 at intermission before an 18-4 spurt over a six-minute stretch cut the Flyers (8-0) lead to four with 11:35 remaining, but Lewis answered with a 16-4 run of its own to retake control of the contest and finish off the victory.

Chelsey Hall led Cumberland with 17 points, hitting three 3-pointers, with five assists while Jalita Fason added 12 points off the bench.

Cumberland could not have shot the ball much worse in the first half, hitting just 2-of-18 in the first 12 minutes of the game. Many of those shots were difficult attempts against the Lewis defense, which the visitors turned into offense very quickly, scoring 11 points off turnovers and 20 points in the paint in the opening period.

Freshman Kaitlin Oliver made a nice move in the lane for a bucket and Hall netted seven straight at one point late in the half, including a 3-pointer, but the Flyers crashed the boards continually, giving them second and third chances. Still the Bulldogs continued to fight and Brittany Lawson’s 17-footer in the final 30 seconds and two foul shots from Shantanique Tolbert with no time on the clock cut the halftime deficit to 38-26.

Brawner-Henley and Jess Reinhart, who finished with 15 points, posted the first eight points of the second half for Lewis, giving the Flyers a 46-28 advantage with 17:46 remaining. Cumberland responded with an 18-4 spurt over the next six minutes, starting with a layup by Jazmine Smith.

Fason made two foul shots and a short jumper and Hall hitting an off-balance runner and a 3-pointer. Tolbert missed a short shot but got her own rebound twice before putting it home and Terra Pryor’s 3-pointer made it 50-46 Flyers with 11:35 remaining. Lewis had five turnovers and made just 2-of-7 shots during the stretch.

The Flyers committed an offensive foul on the other end, giving CU a chance to cut into the deficit even further, but other than layups by Smith and Tolbert, the Bulldogs hit the bad spell, missing eight shots and posting three miscues. The visitors took full advantage, with Grayer starting the run with a layup.

Reinhart added an old-fashioned 3-point play and Grayer hit a jumper and then a 3-pointer, forcing a Cumberland timeout. Reinhart’s layup at the 5:35 mark pushed the Lewis advantage back to 66-50 and the Bulldogs would never get closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Cumberland plays again Tuesday at Reinhardt University before taking a break for the holidays.

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