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Season No. 4 begins in the Ginger Colvin era on Saturday when the Campbellsville University Lady Tigers host Morris College (S.C.) at noon.
Colvin’s squad returns most of the players off last season’s 33-3 squad, which fell to Oklahoma City in the NAIA National Tournament quarterfinals.
Heading the list of returnees is NAIA National Player of the Year Whitney Ballinger (6-3).
Another double-digit player returns in four-year starter Courtney Danis. In the backcourt, Colvin can count on another set of seniors in shooting guard Melly Heaton and point guard T.J. Thomas.
Junior Megan Isaacs started up front last season and sophomore Mackenzie Lee was a solid performer in the backcourt while Corin Dunn, Alexia Williams, Keisha Compton and Millie Deason were valuable reserves for the Lady Tigers’ deep squad.
Another Western Kentucky University transfer, like Ballinger, 5-10 Courtney Clifton adds a strong newcomer to the arsenal as will Fort Thomas Highlands guard Katie Allen, another member of the Kentucky All Stars, giving CU four (Ballinger, Danis, Clifton and Allen) on the current roster.
Rounding out the 14-player roster will be freshman redshirt Hayley Hellyer from Boyle County and Unionville, Tenn. shooter Alexandria Martin.
CU rated fourth nationally
The pre-season NAIA Women’s Basketball poll has the Campbellsville University Lady Tigers fourth, their best showing since fifth place starts in 2000 and 2001.
“The ranking is the kind of recognition you get when you return the National Player of the Year (Whitney Ballinger) and the best supporting cast in the nation,” coach Ginger Colvin said. “We have great chemistry and a lot of depth.”
University of the Cumberlands and Lindsey Wilson were ranked 12th and 18th, respectively.