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December 30, 2002
Micah McDaniel
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Cumberland (Ky.) 63
Azusa Pacific 52

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The NAIA’s No. 22-ranked Cumberland (Ky.) hit 3 consecutive 3-pointers midway through the second half to turn a 4-point deficit into a 5-point lead that proved to be insurmountable in a 63-52 win over Azusa Pacific on the second and final day of the 2002 GSAC Challenge at The Master’s College.

The Cougars, who held a pair of 7-point leads in the first half, opened up a 6-point (40-34) lead after Kelsey Hudson poured in 2 of her team-high 17 points with 14 minutes remaining in the game. After a missed 3-pointer by the Patriots, the Cougars had an opportunity to push the advantage to what would have been a game-high 8 points, but a missed lay-up turned into 12 straight points, keyed by a trio of treys, over a 5-minute span by Cumberland. When the dust settled the Patriots led 46-40 with 7:51 to play.

Hudson then answered on the Cougars’ next possession with a conventional 3-point play to cut the deficit to 3 (46-43) with 7:40 to play. However, Cumberland then scored 5 straight points, including another trey to push the advantage back up to 8 (51-43) with 6:20 left. The Cougars got no closer than 5 points the rest of the way.

Azusa Pacific jumped out of the gate taking a 13-6 lead less than 8 minutes into the contest. Cumberland climbed within 1 point (16-15) at the 6:09 mark, but the Cougars used a 7-1 spurt, keyed by a 3-point play from Candis Regan to push the lead back up to 7 (23-16) with 3:57 remaining in the half. However, the Patriots responded with a 14-2 run, keyed by a pair of treys, over the final 3 and half minutes of the half to take a 30-25 lead into the locker room.

Hudson hit 8-of-12 shots from the floor to key her 17 points. She also grabbed 4 rebounds. Junior Marie Dyk added 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, 7 rebounds and 7 steals. Nicolette Dresback finished with 8 points and 4 assists. Cumberland finished the game with 9-for-20 from the 3-point arc.

With the loss, Azusa Pacific drops to 3-10. Cumberland improves to 10-6.