LEBANON, Tenn. – Fifth-ranked Cumberland University jumped to a 6-0 lead inside the game’s opening minute and never looked back, cruising to a 66-52 Senior Day win over the University of Rio Grande, Saturday afternoon, in Mid-South Conference women’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs, who had an 11-game winning streak snapped in an overtime loss to Shawnee State on Thursday night, improved to 25-2 overall and 16-2 in the MSC, clinching the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament in the process.
Rio Grande (6-21, 0-17) lost for the eight straight time and the 13th time in its last 14 outings.
Cumberland, which substituted freely throughout the contest, led by as many as 13 points in the first half before settling for an 11-point cushion, 33-22, at the intermission.
Rio Grande got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way and trailed by as many 22 points with just over 10 minutes remaining, although the RedStorm did manage to cut the deficit down to 12 points in the final minute.
Jessica Pace led the Bulldogs with a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds, while London Elie added 10 points in the win.
Eleven of the 13 players who saw action for Cumberland scored in the victory.
Rio Grande got a career-best 18 points from sophomore center Morgan Daniels and 10 points from senior guard Shardai Morrison-Fountain, while sophomore forward Janie Morris had a team-best six rebounds.
Morrison-Fountain also had three assists and three steals for the RedStorm, which shot just 28.8 percent (15-for-52) while also being outrebounded, 45-37, and committing 21 turnovers.
Rio Grande returns to action on Thursday night, opening a three-game season-ending homestand against the University of Pikeville. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the Newt Oliver Arena.