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Lady Tigers win tourney to complete MSC sweep

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Begin national-tourney play on Wednesday (8:00) in Frankfort

By CU Press Release

 

The No. 4-ranked Campbellsville University Lady Tiger Basketball defeated Georgetown College 75-68 to win its fifth Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship and second in the last four years on Sunday afternoon in Lebanon, Tenn.
Campbellsville flipped a nine-point Georgetown lead with 14:54 left and went on a 22-2 run to jump out to 11-point lead (65-54) with just over five minutes left to play.
CU outlasted Georgetown down the stretch, despite GC cutting the margin to four points late.
“Our seniors stepped up and I am so proud of them,” CU head coach Ginger Colvin said. “When we were down by 10 points and came back it was a resilient effort. It’s hard to come back from being 10 down to a good Georgetown team. But we did it and overcame the obstacle.”
The Lady Tigers (30-3) advance to the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championships March 19-25 at the Frankfort (Ky.) Convention Center (March 19-25).
During the decisive run, CU shot 8-14 from the field and scored on 11 of 13 possessions. Georgetown went ice cold during the same nine minutes going 0-11 from the field with three turnovers.
Campbellsville won the game despite not hitting a 3-pointer in the contest and being out-scored from deep 24-0. It was the second game this season the Lady Tigers were held without a 3. Campbellsville did convert 23 of 33 free throws, out-scoring its opponents by 17 at the charity stripe, including six free throws in the final moments by seniors Hayley Hellyer, Katie Allen and Ellen Sholtes.
“I told Katie and Hayley before the game we have a picture of them (as freshmen) in the 2011 championship game on the bench,” Colvin said. “I told them I wanted to get a picture of them playing in the game and winning it. They both stepped up when we needed it. It was a total team effort.”
Sholtes had 22 in Saturday’s 84-63 semi-final win over Shawnee State and 20 in the title tilt.
Campbellsville now has three 30-win seasons in Colvin’s seven years with the last coming winning the MSC Tournament in 2011.

Note: The Lady Tigers, one of four No. 1 seeds, found out on Wednesday night they will play Southern Poly (Ga.) on Wednesday, March 19 (8:00) in the NAIA Division 1 Women's Basketball National Championship in Frankfort.

Saturday, March 8
Mid-South Conference Tourney
Lebanon, Tenn.
Semi-finals
Lady Tigers (84) —
Sholtes 5-8 12-14 22, Kimberland 2-6 1-2 5, Burd 5-8 0-0 10, Owen 2-4 0-0 5, Allen 5-10 0-0 12, Grider 0-2 1-3 1, Lawrence 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob 4-5 2-2 10, Jehlik 1-5 3-4 5, Hellyer 7-10 0-0 14, Ramage 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-58 19-25 84.
Shawnee State (63) — Totals 23-64 15-17 63.
Half-time —
Campbellsville 45-25. 3s — Campbellsville 3-10 (Allen 2-5, Owen 1-2), Shawnee State 2-12.
Sunday, March 9
Mid-South Conference Tourney
Lebanon, Tenn.
Championship
Lady Tigers (75) —
Sholtes 6-11 8-10 20, Kimberland 1-7 0-0 2, Burd 3-12 1-5 7, Owen 1-1 0-0 2, Allen 4-13 6-7 14, Grider 1-1 0-0 2, Lawrence 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob 2-3 4-7 8, Jehlik 5-7 2-2 12, Hellyer 3-6 2-2 8. Totals 26-61 23-33.
Georgetown (68) — Totals 27-58 6-11 68.
Half-time —
Georgetown 37-34. 3s — Campbellsville 0-4, Georgetown 8-16.