Lady Tigers avenge loss to Bethel

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CU teams host Bluefield on Saturday

By CU Press Release



The Campbellsville University Lady Tigers, ranked No. 10 in the NAIA, bounced back from Saturday’s disappointing loss at Shawnee State with an 80-73 victory over No.14 Bethel University Tuesday night.
Junior guard Ellen Sholtes had a stand-out game, achieving career highs in four categories. — 11 points and five rebounds, plus leading all players with six assists and six steals.
“Sholtes came in and did a great job today,” head coach Ginger Colvin said. “Our team is deep and we had a few players really step up.”
The Lady Tigers claimed the lead on Mrashi Karumba’s 3-pointer and eventually found themselves ahead by eight (27-19) after a 12-0 run and four steals from Sholtes. BU was unable to claim the lead again in the half, but stayed within arms reach behind by only a few points. Courtney Clifton led CU at the half with 14 points.
The second period was much like the last 10 minutes of the first, with Bethel barely trailing. BU’s Jasmine Taylor was instrumental in the Wildcats’ efforts, scoring 15 in the half, giving her a total of 22 points. With only six minutes remaining, a Gentry basket brought the score to a 63-63 tie. Clifton and Sholtes combined for CU’s next nine points, and Bethel was never able to overcome the deficit.
“It was no doubt a good win,” Colvin said. “Bethel is a really nice team. They have played a tough schedule but we should have won this game, and we did. We are a little banged up right now with a couple injuries. Our girls stepped up, though, and we did what we needed to do. Bethel did out-rebound us, but we took it to them for the most part.”
Clifton led all scorers with 26 points, 12 from 3-point range, and was the only Lady Tiger player in double digits other than Sholtes.
Sophomore forward Mary Jehlik also had an impressive performance with 12 boards, five of them offensive.
Campbellsville (13-3) returns to Powell Athletic Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Bluefield College.
“Bluefield is an athletic team,” Colvin said. “We definitely aren’t overlooking them.”
The game will be televised on WLCU-TV (Comcast Channel 10) and broadcast on WLCU 88.7FM.
Live streams of both the TV and radio broadcasts will be available at www.campbellsvilletigers.com.

Lady Tigers 80, Bethel 73
Campbellsville, Ky.
Bethel (73) — Totals 25-69 17-22 73.
Lady Tigers (80) —
Clifton 9-17 4-5 26, Kimberland 3-4 2-3 8, Craig 3-6 0-0 6, Lee 1-8 5-8 7, Allen 0-1 0-0 0, Compton 2-6 0-0 4, Jacob 1-1 0-0 2, Jehlik 2-9 1-3 5, Sholtes 4-6 3-4 11, Hellyer 0-2 1-2 1, Karumba 2-3 0-0 5, Burd 2-7 1-4 5. Totals 29-70 17-29 80.
Half-time —
Campbellsville 43-36. 3-pointers — BU 6-28, CU 5-17 (Clifton 4-12, Karumba 1-1). Rebounds — BU 51, CU 41 (Jehlik 12, Craig 6, Sholtes 5). Assists — BU 14, CU 15 (Sholtes 6, Allen 5). Steals — BU 7, CU 16 (Sholtes 6, lee 3, Clifton 3). Turnovers — BU 23, CU 15.

Robert Morris rides strong second half past CU men
Ten lead changes and three ties in the first half provided hope to both teams for victory, but Campbellsville University was unable to overcome host Robert Morris University in a 76-63 loss at the Attack Center Tuesday night.
The Tigers, who started the day ranked No. 20 in the NAIA, dropped out of the rankings prior to tip-off and dropped their third game in six days after a long Christmas break.
CU struck first on the road with a basket by Vernon Payne to go up 2-0, but the game was give-take for the first 20 minutes. The Tigers led six times in the first half. In the first eight minutes of play, the largest lead of the game was three points, 7-4, by Robert Morris, but the Eagles eventually used an 11-4 run to work the lead to as many as seven, 24-17, midway through the first half.
Campbellsville quickly closed within a basket after a 3 from Justin Ennis, lay-up by Malik Thomas and jumper from Darius Clement. While the Eagles maintained the lead, the Tigers were within striking distance. As time was winding down to close the half, Jordan Myers hit a lay-up give the Tigers a 39-38 entering halftime. But that would be the Tigers’ last.
An early foul in the second half by Vernon Payne put RMU’s Anthony Shoemaker at the line, where he sank two free throws to regain the lead. The Eagles maintained the lead throughout. Sean Scott hit a lay-up with 13:22 remaining to pull the Tigers within a point, 51-50. The Tigers kept it within a point twice more in the next three minutes, but Robert Morris worked to trade points with the Tigers.
A three-point play by Addison Smith with 4:59 to play was the last time Campbellsville sat within one possession of the Eagles. Aubrey McAlpine followed with his first 3 of the second half to work the score to five, 66-61. The Eagles went on to close the game on a 10-2 run, hitting 7-of-8 free throws in the final 2:25, while Campbellsville missed its last five shots and had three turnovers during the same stretch.
Ennis led all players with 14 points, but scored only three in the second half. Addison Smith and Thomas each had 10 for the Tigers, while Payne finished with eight.
Kashaune McKinney scored 14 and added five assists for the Eagles, followed by 13 apiece from Sean Montgomery and McAlpine. Brian Bradley had 10.
Campbellsville (9-6, 3-4 MSC) will return home for the first time in nearly a month on Saturday to host Bluefield College in Mid-South Conference women (2:00)/men (4:00) doubleheader.

Robert Morris 76, CU Tigers 63
Chicago, Ill.
Campbellsville (63) —
A. Smith 4-5 2-2 10, Payne 3-5 2-2 8, C. Smith 2-8 1-2 5, Ennis 5-7 3-3 14, Scott 3-12 1-2 7, Clement 1-2 0-0 2, Taylor 0-3 3-4 3, Thomas 5-9 0-0 10, Myers 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 25-56 12-15 63.
Robert Morris (76) — Totals 29-70 13-16 76.
 Half-time —
Campbellsville 39-38. 3-pointers — CU 1-14 (Ennis 1-3), RM 5-23. Rebounds — CU 32 (C. Smith 6, Thomas 6, Payne 5), RM 29. Assists — CU 8 (Scott 2, Myers 2), RM 15. Steals — CU 5 (Clement 3), RM 9. Turnovers — CU 17, RM 6.

Tigers out-shot in 80-65 road setback to Shawnee State
Strong 3-point shooting by Shawnee State University was hard to overcome Saturday as Campbellsville University fell 80-65 in game two of a weekend road trip.
The Bears shot 44 percent from the 3-point arc against the top 3-point defense in the Mid-South Conference.
Campbellsville scored first on a jumper by Addison Smith and led for most of the first eight minutes of the game.
That’s when the Bears began to hit from behind the arc. Jeremy Bennington hit the first of his five 3s in the game to give Shawnee State a 13-11 lead. The 3 sparked a 20-6 run to break double-figures for the first time in the game, 30-17.
Campbellsville managed to cut the deficit to seven, 33-26, at halftime with seven points from Chris Smith and a basket from Malik Thomas.
Thomas used an and-one play to open the second half and cut the deficit within two possessions, 33-29, but the Bears found began to hit from the arc again, going on a 15-4 run to take its largest lead yet at 15 points, 48-33. The lead grew to as many as 19 before Campbellsville chipped away to pull back within 10, 61-51, on a 3-pointer by Vernon Payne. Addison Smith had a chance to go back to single-digits, but hit 1-of-2 free throws, 64-54. From there, Shawnee posted a 12-5 run for a 15-point lead, 76-61.
Payne and Justin Ennis each scored 16 to lead Campbellsville, while Thomas posted his first career double-double as a Tiger with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Smith scored nine for the Tigers.
Bennington led Shawnee State with 25 points, while Tyler Morgan added 20 points. Ian Nixson and Trevor Banks had 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Shawnee State 80, CU Tigers 65
Portsmouth, Ohio
Campbellsville (65) —
A. Smith 2-4 3-4 7, C. Smith 4-12 0-1 9, Thomas 6-10 3-6 15, Ennis 5-15 3-4 16, Clement 0-5 0-0 0, Ray 0-0 0-0 0, Stanic 0-2 0-0 0, Britt 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 0-3 0-0 0, Payne 6-10 3-4 16, Myers 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-64 12-19 65.
Shawnee State (80) — Totals 26-55 17-22 80.
 Half-time —
Shawnee State 33-26. 3-pointers — CU 5-23 (Ennis 3-9, C. Smith 1-2, Payne 1-3, SSU 11-25. Rebounds — CU 39 (Thomas 11, C. Smith 8), SSU 38. Assists — CU 11 (Clement 4, Ennis 2, Myers 2), SSU 17. Steals — CU 5 (Ennis 2), SSU 4. Turnovers — CU 14, SSU 16.

Shawnee takes no prisoners, downs Lady Tigers 91-77
Shawnee State continued to be tough at home against the Lady Tigers as the 15th-ranked Lady Bears defeated Campbellsville 91-77.
Shawnee jumped on Campbellsville early and poor free throw shooting and ball handling never let CU find its rhythm. The Lady Tigers shot just 12-27 from the free throw line in the game, 2-8 in the first half.
CU (12-3, 6-1) had cut a 15-point first-half deficit to four points, 30-26, with about five minutes to go before intermission, but a 3 by Allison Nagle and a Diane Abbady follow shot got Shawnee rolling again.
Trailing by 10 at the half, Campbellsville fiddled with the game for the first eight minutes of the second half and trailed by nine, 53-44. But Shawnee pushed that to a 23-point lead with an 18-4 run and they were never seriously threatened after that.
CU did rally a bit late, going from 88-64 down to 89-75 at the 1:09 mark, but that was against Shawnee’s mop-up players.
Courtney Clifton (17) was joined in double figures by Keisha Compton and Mary Jehlik with 11and 10 points, respectively. Shawnee had five players in double figures, two with double-doubles. Alex Pohl had 16 points and 11 boards, and Abbady had 12 points and 11 boards.

Shawnee State 91, CU Lady Tigers 77
Portsmouth, Ohio
Lady Tigers (77) —
Clifton 7-13 2-3 17, Kimberland 2-8 2-6 6, Craig 1-3 2-8 4, Lee 4-9 1-4 9, Allen 3-9 1-1 7, Owen 1-1 2-2 4, Compton 5-8 1-1 11, Jacob 2-2 0-0 4, Jehlik 4-10 1-2 10, Sholtes 0-1 0-0 0, Hellyer 0-3 0-0 0, Karumba 2-8 0-0 5. Totals 31-75 12-27 77.
Shawnee State (91) — Totals 33-66 17-24 91.
Half-time —
Shawnee State 44-34. 3-pointers — CU 3-15 (Clifton 1-4, Jehlik 1-1, Karumba 1-5, SSU 8-14. Rebounds — CU 42 Kimberland 6, Jehlik 6, Clifton 5, Karumba 5), SSU 48. Assists — CU 9 (Allen 3, Lee 2), SSU 19. Steals — CU 7 (Lee 2, SSU 4. Turnovers — CU 13, SSU 19.