Lady Tigers capture close Hawaii tilts

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CU women notch 10th, 11th straight wins.

By The Staff

Campbellsville University's win streak increased to 11 as the Lady Tigers won a pair of games over the weekend in the Surf N Hoops Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Lady Tigers (11-1) overcame a 15-point half-time deficit and rallied to win 90-84 over Waldorf (Iowa) College on Friday in the first round.

Campbellsville jumped out to a 19-11 lead with 15:50 in the first half and appeared to be on their way to an easy win, but Waldorf rallied by scoring nine straight points to take the lead at 20-19 with 14:30 to go in the first half.

Waldorf built a 29-24 lead before a Courtney Danis layup pulled Campbellsville within three at 29-26 with 8:09 to play in the first half. But then Waldorf outscored Campbellsville 18-6 to end the half with a 47-32 halftime advantage.

Waldorf's lead was 17 in the second half before Campbellsville slowly started to chip away at the margin.

With 2:57 to play in regulation, T.J. Thomas hit a three-pointer to give Campbellsville a 75-73 lead. Waldorf tied the game and Campbellsville's Jarobia Hill missed two free throws with :32 remaining in regulation and the game went into overtime after Waldorf could not convert.

Campbellsville scored on three possessions on second-chance shots and sealed the win in the extra five-minute frame.

Danis led the Lady Tigers with 29 points while Whitney Ballinger had 22 points and 17 boards and Thomas added 13 points.

Melly Heaton hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift Campbellsville to its 11th straight win on Saturday with a 71-68 triumph over No. 7-rated St. Xavier (Illinois).

Danis had 20 points for CU while Ballinger had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Heaton 12 points.

The Lady Tigers play in the Shawnee State (Ohio) Classic on Monday and Tuesday before returning home on Friday, Jan. 2.