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Cumberland Women Survive, 56-54

Posted on 22 January 2015 by Allen

Brittany Lawson Cumberland

Cumberland jumped out to a 16-point lead in the first half and then survived a dismal second period but survived, pulling out a 56-54 victory over No. 19 Lindsey Wilson here Thursday in women’s basketball action at the Biggers Sports Center.

Jalita Fason netted a team-best 13 points to lead balanced scoring for the Bulldogs (10-9, 4-3 Mid-South), who ended a four-game losing streak with the victory. Chelsey Hall added 11 points, including the eventual game-winner on a reverse layup with 23.1 seconds remaining, just beating the shot clock.

The Blue Raiders answered Hall’s bucket with a layup by Michelle Montgomery with 9.4 seconds left. After a timeout CU threw a long pass to Fason, who was unable to grab the ball but LWC’s Alexus Chinn was standing on the endline, giving the Bulldogs the ball under their own basket with 8.2 seconds remaining.

Cumberland threw an errant pass on the inbounds, giving the ball back to Lindsey Wilson, but pressure by Fason and Jazmine Smith and then a tip away knocked the ball out of bounds at halfcourt with 1.2 ticks left. Kayla Richardson caught the inbounds pass running toward the basket and her 35-foot heave hit the backboard and the rim but did not fall, preserving the victory for CU.

Smith netted 10 points and Brittany Lawson collected nine points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, who were 8-of-25 at one point in the second half before hitting its final two shots to pull out the win. It was a tale of two halves, with CU starting the game on fire and shooting 48 percent in the first half before cooling off and struggling to score in the second period.

The Bulldogs got off to an incredible start thanks to strong defense and finally making some shots, many of them layups off turnovers, running out to a 14-5 advantage seven minutes into the contest. Lawson and Smith each netted four points and Hall’s 18-footer off an inbounds pass put the Bulldogs ahead by nine with exactly 13 minutes left in the opening period.

Super-sub Fason added a bucket, then a steal plus the foul, increasing the lead to 21-7, before another steal and layup for Smith, giving the Bulldogs their biggest advantage of the half. Meanwhile the Blue Raiders struggled with an extended zone that included trapping and running shooters off the 3-point line.

Terra Pryor drilled a 3-pointer from the wing and had a run-out for a layup before another field goal from Fason with 2:48 remaining in the period. Hall’s layup with 53 seconds left put CU ahead, 32-17, but a putback by Billie Hearn cut the Bulldog lead to 32-19 at the break.
Fason and Pryor each scored nine points and Smith added six, with Cumberland hitting 14-of-29 shots and out-rebounding LWC, 25-14. The Blue Raiders shot only 21 percent (6-for-28) in the period, with half of the made field goals from behind the arc.

Lindsey Wilson quickly cut into the deficit at the beginning of the second half, using as 12-2 spurt that cut the CU advantage to four just five minutes into the period. A 3-pointer by Chanel Roberts started the run added two more field goals and two free throws and two foul shots by Kayla Richardson made it 37-33.

Cumberland answered with six straight points, four from Smith, to push the lead back to 10, but the Bulldogs would not score again for over five minutes. Still LWC was only able to cut the deficit to five before three huge field goals gave CU some breathing room, with Lawson and Shantanique Tolbert netting consecutive buckets underneath and Fason’s jumper with 3:09 left giving the visitors a 51-46 edge.

Richardson’s floater with exactly one minute left made it a four-point contest and a steal and layup by Chinn with 52.7 seconds left cut the Bulldog lead to two, setting up Hall’s final layup and the last 30 seconds of action.

Chanel led the Blue Raiders with 14 points and Hearn added 11 off the bench.

Cumberland hosts Fisk University this Saturday at 2 p.m. before home games next week against the University of Pikeville and the University of the Cumberlands.

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