Lady Tigers split home MSC tilts

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CU downs LWC, loses to Cumberlands.

By CU Press Release



Campbellsville University's Lady Tigers erased a 12-point first-half deficit with an 18-4 run to start the second half and beat the Lindsey Wilson Lady Blue Raiders 77-65 in a hotly-contested Mid-South Conference game on Jan. 19 in the Powell Athletic Center.
There were a lot of special plays for the Lady Tigers. Hayley Hellyer had eight first-half points when the Lady Tigers (14-6, 5-2) most needed them and Mary Jehlik scored all 12 of her points after intermission.
“This is a big, big win for us,” coach Ginger Colvin said. “They’re a legitimate final four team. They have it all. They have a point guard, a post and they’re deep.”
During CU’s 18-4 second-half run, Jehlik scored six with four each by Chelsea Craig, Mackenzie Lee and Courtney Clifton. LWC cut the 50-42 lead to 52-49 with seven straight points before seven straight points by Megan Isaacs and a Keisha Compton lay-up gave the Lady Tigers a 61-49 lead.
Lindsey Wilson (14-6, 3-4) was ice cold from the three-point line with only four buckets in 26 tries. But, All-American Ashley Rainey was all-everything from the inside. She had 23 points at the half and fellow teammate Monny Niamke added 13. The duo led LWC with 55 of their 65 points with 35 and 20, respectively. Rainey led all rebounders with 18.
“They are better shooters than that, but we were running at them and, I think, did a pretty good job,” Colvin said. “We were just solid. We carried out our game plan better in the second half.”
Lee led the Lady Tigers with 17, 10 in the first half. She was joined in double figures by Jehlik (12) and Craig (11). But Katie Allen, who scored nine points, also had an equal number of assists.”
“Katie makes our team go,” Colvin said. “Gosh, she was a point and an assist away from a double-double.
Megan Isaacs scored nine points off the bench and Hellyer ended up with eight. Craig led the team with nine boards and Clifton added six. Campbellsville’s bench out-scored Lindsey 23-3. CU hit 20-23 of its free throws.
“We were amped up for this game,” Colvin said. “I had to run them out of the gym last night (Wednesday). I just don’t know how we got 11 points down to a team like that and won.”
Campbellsville, Ky.
Lindsey Wilson (65) —  Rainey 35, Niamke 20, Brim 5, Litzinger 2, Williams 3. Totals 26-69 9-15 65.
Lady Tigers (77) — Jehlik 12, Clifton 5, Craig 11, Lee 17, Allen 9, Compton 4, Kimberland 2, Hellyer 8, Isaacs 9. Totals 28-60 20-23 77.
Half-time —  Lindsey Wilson 38-32. 3-pointers — Lindsey Wilson 4-26 (Niamke 3), Campbellsville 1-9 (Allen 1). Rebounds — Lindsey Wilson 39 (Rainey 18, Brimm 5), Campbellsville 37 (Craig 9, Clifton 6, Allen 4, Hellyer 5). Assists — Lindsey Wilson 14 (Brimm 6, Niamke 4), Campbellsville 16 (Allen 9, Lee 3). Steals — Lindsey Wilson 6 (Niamke 3), Campbellsville 11 (Clifton 3, Lee 3, Allen 2).

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Campbellsville drew even early in the second half, but a 21-6 run by Cumberlands was all the Lady Patriots would need to beat Campbellsville 72-59 in the Powell Athletic Center on Jan. 21.
The win keeps Cumberlands perfect in conference play 18-1, 8-0 MSC. Campbellsville (14-7, 5-3 MSC) could not sustain any offensive momentum and gave up too many easy baskets. Cumberlands hasn’t lost since Nov. 12 when they were beaten by then-No. 2 Union University.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well, but we got beat because we didn’t play defense,” coach Ginger Colvin said. “They’re obviously a good team as their record would indicate. But, we’re a good team too and I hope we continue to improve.”
With Cumberlands leading 53-38, Chelsea Craig scored five of her eight points and a putback by Megan Isaacs closed the gap to a manageable 53-49. But UC went on an 11-3 run and got the working lead it needed to close out the game.
Lauren Wombles led all scorers with 23 and 12 rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Dace Bicane (10), Jade Howard (17) and Haley Ratliff (10).
“Lauren Wombles. I can’t say enough about her,” Colvin said. “She plays within herself, can shoot, defend and dish it when she’s covered.”
Courtney Clifton led CU with 16 and Mackenzie Lee had 11. Clifton also had 10 boards. Campbellsville shot 14 percent behind the arc and only 31 percent overall while Cumberlands hit 67 percent in the second half and 45 percent for the game.
The Lady Tigers will kick off the second half of the conference schedule on Thursday, Jan. 26 by hosting Shawnee State at 6 p.m.
Campbellsville, Ky.
Cumberlands (72) — Bicane 10, Alexander 8, Howard 17, Ratliff 10, Wombles 23, Moss 4. Totals 26-56 14-18 72. Lady Tigers (59) — Jehlik 9, Clifton 16, Craig 8, Lee 11, Allen 4, Compton 4, Isaacs 5, Hellyer 2. Totals 20-64 16-21 59. Half-time — Cumberlands 32-30. 3-pointers — Cumberlands 6-17 (Wombles 3, Ratliff 2, Alexander), Campbellsville 3-18 (Clifton 2, Lee). Rebounds — Cumberlands 38 (Wombles 12, Bicane 10), Campbellsville 40 (Clifton 10, Isaacs 8). Assists — Cumberlands 15 (Ratliff 5, Wombles 5), Campbellsville 13 (Allen 5, Lee 3). Steals — Cumberlands 9 (Howard 3), Campbellsville 4 (Lee 2, Compton, Craig).