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Lady Tigers win twice in Bethel Classic

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By The Staff

The Campbellsville University Lady Tigers picked up two basketball wins over the weekend in the Bethel College Classic in McKenzie, Tenn.

The wins run the Lady Tigers' record to 6-3 with a couple of tough home contests Friday and Saturday in the Citizens Bank Classic against Shawnee State and defending NAIA national champion Lambuth.

On Friday against Central Baptist, Campbellsville pulled away from a 37-31 half-time lead and posted a 79-59 win.

The Lady Tigers held Central Baptist scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second half to help pull away.

Sara Sexton set the tone with a season-high 16 points and six rebounds. Sexton was supported on the boards by Kristi Ensminger with eight boards and nine points. Three other players, Priscile Alves, Melly Heaton and Meagan Murphy, also had six boards apiece.

"Our 20 offensive rebounds were the difference in the game," coach Ginger Colvin said. "We're still turning the ball over too much, but the effort was there."

On Saturday, the Lady Tigers had to rebound from a one-point halftime deficit to trip up the host squad Bethel College 80-69.

The Lady Tigers picked a good time for their season-low in turnovers (8) and rode the offensive production of Courtney Danis (28) and Alves (19).

"We did a good job defensively," Colvin said. "Kristi (Ensminger), Courtney (Danis) and Priscila (Alves) were solid as was Meagan (Murphy)."

Murphy tied Ensminger for a team-high in rebounds with seven and Jenna Hedges had three assists.

The Lady Tigers are 16th in the nation in scoring at 78.89 points per game. Alves and Danis are ranked third and 20th nationally in free throw percentage at 93 and 87, respectively.

Alves, a 5-9 senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was named the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for her efforts (17.7 points per game plus 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals) in last week's three tilts.

In the Citizens Bank Classic on Friday night, Campbellsville plays Shawnee State (Ohio) at 6 and Lindsey Wilson meets Lambuth at 8.

On Saturday, the Lady Tigers battle Lambuth at 2 with Lindsey Wilson going against Shawnee State at 4.