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CU women best Bethel, Azusa Pacific.

By CU Press Release

After beating No.3-ranked Azusa the night before, Campbellsville University’s Lady Tigers had validation on its mind on Dec. 10 when it took on 12th-ranked Bethel in its second game of the Citizens Bank Holiday Hoops Classic.
And validation it got as the Lady Tigers pulled away in the second half for a 76-57 win, the second in a row over a top-20 team.
“We didn’t play with a ton of energy in the first half,” head coach Ginger Colvin said, “but I thought we came out and did in the second half.”
After leading 39-36 at intermission, Campbellsville (9-3) broke away from a 46-46 tie by going on a 17-5 run. Fueling that run were Courtney Clifton and Keisha Compton.
Compton canned a follow shot with 13:40 to go and a 48-46 lead that the Lady Tigers would never relinquish. Clifton, who led CU with 25 points, hit a running lay-up off a nice feed from Hayley Hellyer, then hit a three and two free throws.
Bethel (6-4) missed three out of four free tosses and committed three turnovers during the run.
“I think they got gassed a little bit in the second half,” Colvin said. “They had to play a tough game against Lindsey Wilson last night and had a shorter turn-around than we did.”
Campbellsville held Bethel’s Jana Roney, the second leading scorer in the NAIA, to just 11 points. The Lady Wildcats were led by Molly Wallsmith with 18. Arkansas State transfer, playing her first game of the year, Jasmine Taylor, had 17.
Clifton was joined in double figures by Megan Isaacs (12). Mary Jehlik and Mackenzie Lee had nine each and Compton eight.
CU hit 41 percent from the field, 6-17 on threes and 18-24 free throws, nine by Clifton. Clifton also led the team in rebounds with eight.
“Courtney is understanding that if she gives the ball up, she’s going to get it back,” Colvin said. “She’s learning better to play without the ball.”
Clifton was named the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
Bethel shot 47 percent from the field, but turned it over seven more times than CU.
The Lady Tigers will host undefeated and Indiana Wesleyan, the No. 1 team NAIA Division 2 on Friday (6:00) and Cumberland (Tenn.) on Saturday (2:00).
Campbellsville, Ky.
Lady Tigers (76) —
  Jehlik 9, Clifton 25, Lee 9, Allen 7, Isaacs 12, Compton 8, Hellyer 4, Craig 2. Totals 26-62 18-24 76.
Bethel (57) —
Roney 11, Porter 2, Taylor 17, Wallsmith 18, Harris 2. Totals 24-51 7-16 57.
Half-time —
CU 39-36. 3-point goals — CU 6-17 (Clifton 2, Lee 2, Jehlik 1, Allen 1) Bethel 2-14. Rebounds — CU 40 (Lee 5, Jehlik 2, Craig 54, Clifton 8, Isaacs 5, Compton 6), Bethel  30 (Roney 8, Wallsmith 7). Assists — CU 13 (Allen 4, Lee 4), Bethel 7 (Roney 4). Steals — CU  13 (Clifton 4, Compton 3), Bethel 4.

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Lady Tigers pin 91-76 loss on No. 3 Azusa in Citizens Bank Holiday Classic
Playing possibly their best game of the season, Ginger Colvin’s Lady Tigers pinned a 91-76 loss on NAIA No. 3 Azusa Pacific on Dec. 9 in the first game of the Citizens Bank Holiday Hoops Classic.
The Lady Tigers (8-3) got strong first-half performances from reserves Chelsea Craig and Keisha Compton as CU rolled up a 38-28 half-time advantage. They rode out the second 20 minutes by hitting 52 percent of their shots.
“I’m thrilled, absolutely thrilled,” said Colvin. “After the offensive performance we had at Georgetown, to come out here and win like this is special.”
Azusa (5-2) is as athletic a team as CU has played, according to Colvin.
“Our kids don’t match up with their length and athleticism, but we carried out the game plan really well.”
Compton had 13 points on 5-6 shooting in 20 minutes of play while Craig had 15 points and her muscle inside allowed her to pull down five boards. Katie Allen and Megan Isaacs also scored 10 points each.
Lady Tigers (91) —  Jehlik 7, Clifton 25, Lee 8, Allen 10, Isaacs 10, Compton 13, Hellyer 3, Craig 15. Totals 28-54 17-29 91. Azusa Pacific (76) — Roehkasse 9, Williams 24, Hall 18, Sims 6, Barrett 4, Powell 5, Jones 3, Kenny 1, Reed 4, Frederickson 2. Totals 28-76 16-23 76. Half-time — CU 38-28. 3-point goals — CU 6-17 (Clifton 3, Lee 1, Jehlik 1, Allen 1) AP 4-22. Rebounds — CU 36 (Lee 5, Jehlik 7, Craig 5), AP  42 (Barrett 10, Williams 8). Assists — CU 21 (Allen 11, Clifton 4, ), AP 13 (Sims 4, Williams 3). Steals — CU  13 (Lee 4), AP 10 (Sims 3).