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Lady Tigers move to 5-0 in conference race

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CU women withstand pesky Pikeville 85-76.

By Bobby Brockman

Campbellsville University’s Lady Tigers connected on 36 of 43 free throws for an 85-76 Mid-South Conference decision over Pike-ville College on Thursday night in the Powell Athletic Center.
The No. 3-rated Lady Tigers (12-2 overall and 5-0 against conference foes) led by nine (35-26) at the break before the pesky Lady Bears (9-5, 0-5) trimmed the deficit to 55-54.
However, coach Ginger Colvin’s club used a 10-3 run and never looked back as Campbellsville’s charity stripe shooting was paced by Whitney Ballinger’s 14-17 effort.
Ballinger led the Lady Tigers with 30 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots while Courtney Clifton added 17 points and Mackenzie Lee 14. Courtney Danis had eight rebounds for Campbellsville while Lee and Melly Heaton had three assists apiece and Lee three steals.
The Lady Tigers survived the upset bid despite hitting only three of 27 three-point shots and were only 23 of 68 from the field (33.8 percent).
The Lady Tigers, who entertained Virginia-Wise over the weekend, play Saturday (2:00) at St. Catharine College in Springfield.
Campbellsville’s next five games are on the road as the Lady Tigers, after St. Catharine, visit Lindsey Wilson on Jan. 20, the Cumberlands Jan. 22, Shawnee State on Jan. 27 and Georgetown on Jan. 29 before returning to the Powell Athletic Center on Thursday, Feb. 3 vs. Rio Grande. Six of the Lady Tigers’ final eight regular-season games are at home.

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