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Lady Tigers fall in finals, CU men lose in MSC semis

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CU women play in nationals March 13, men miss KC by one spot

By Bobby Brockman

Bobby Brockman
sports@cknj.com

Regular-season champions Cumberland (Tenn.) University and Lindsey Wilson College added Mid-South Conference Tournament titles on Sunday afternoon in Frankfort.
Cumberland, rated sixth in last week’s poll, downed Lindsey Wilson, Shawnee State and Campbellsville University’s Lady Tigers for the crown.
The Lady Tigers, (24-9) after besting the University of the Cumberlands in their Thursday opener, upended Georgetown 78-71 on Saturday before dropping the title tilt 59-46 to the Lady Bulldogs.
The CU women out-scored Georgetown 48-36 in the second half, but were out-pointed 39-18 by Cumberland in the final 20 minutes.
Courtney Clifton scored 25 points while Katie Allen and Mackenzie Lee added 19 and 12, respectively.
Against Cumberland, Daizah Kimberland led the Lady Tigers with 13 points and Allen had 11.
The CU men (20-12), who conquered Shawnee State on Saturday, fell 72-61 in the semi-finals to Lindsey Wilson, who went on to down Pikeville 77-73 in overtime to wear the crown.
The back-court duo of Justin Ennis (18) and Sean Scott (10) paced Campbellsville in the semi setback.
Kalen Kimberland totaled 25 points in LWC’s championship triumph over UPike.
The CU women, along with Cumberland, earn automatic bids to nationals in Frankfort while the Tiger men are hoping for an at-large bid to Kansas City.

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The CU women will play Wiley (Tex.) in the NAIA Division 1 Women's Basketball National Championship on Wednesday, March 13 (8:00) in Frankfort.

The CU men were denied a spot in the 32-team NAIA Division 1 Men's Basketball National Championship in Kansas City by one position. Four non-rated teams earned beths and the Tigers placed 29th with the top 28 receivivg bids.