Friday, December 30th, 2011 - 12:44 am

Cold Shooting Costs Purdue Calumet at Cumberland

LEBANON, Tenn.  – The Purdue University Calumet women’s basketball team shot a season-low 23.1 percent from the field in the opening day of the Rosa Stokes Classic, falling to host Cumberland University, 62-53, on Thursday night. The Peregrines slide to 11-6 overall on the year, dropping back-to-back games for the first time this season.

PUC looked in control early in the contest, as it jumped out to a 21-12 lead after Alex Starr’s trey with just over eight minutes left in the opening period. However, the Bulldogs would close the half on a 17-4 run to head into the break with a 29-25 advantage.

Cumberland would pick up where it left off in the first half, pushing its lead to 11, 41-30, seven minutes into the final stanza. Purdue Calumet would fight back though, as Brooklyn Short capped off an 11-0 with a pair of free throws to knot the game.

After the two teams traded buckets over the next four minutes, Cumberland would put the game away with an 11-1 run in the closing three minutes of the contest. The Peregrines managed just 20.8 percent shooting in the second half, while connecting on 3-of-20 from beyond the arc.

Short led all players with career-high 21 points, while also tallying nine rebounds and four steals. Starr added 16 points and Lindsey Whitcomb tallied seven points and five caroms.  

PUC will wrap up the Rosa Stokes Classic tomorrow afternoon, when it takes on Trevecca Nazarene at 12 p.m. CST.