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Women’s basketball at Campbellsville University took up where it left off 226 days ago, as the Lady Tigers took to the hardwood and defeated Morris College 91-40 in their season opener on Saturday.
Campbellsville scored the first 10 points of the game and led 24-5 with 13 minutes left in the first half when Alexia Williams deflected a pass and scored on a lay-up.
All-American Whitney Ballinger led CU at the break with 15 points and finished the game with 19. But nine of CU’s players logged double-digit minutes in the game, seven with more than 18.
“We’re a veteran team, but we’ve got some new pieces and we’re trying to figure out which combinations work best and when,” CU head coach Ginger Colvin said.
The Lady Tigers forced the Hornets into 38 turnovers.
“We can score, no doubt about that,” said Colvin, “But we think we’re a lot better defensive team this year and I think we showed some of that.”
Ballinger’s 19 led all scorers, followed by 13 from Mackenzie Lee and 12 by Courtney Danis.
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The Lady Tigers set some scoring records in their 124-44 win over Wilberforce on Monday as a dozen Lady Tigers played more than 12 minutes each.
Campbellsville put together a performance that could have shattered a 35-year-old record of 128 points in a game. However, Colvin cleared her bench early in the second half, letting her second and third wave of players collect an average 14-17 minutes of play and a combined 56 points in the game.
In the first half alone, the Lady Tigers put up 69 points, breaking the previous record of 66 points in a half against Spalding University in 1994.
Ballinger, who played only 19 minutes, led CU with a stat line of 20 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, three assists and two steals. Her fourth block gives her 269 in her 71-game career, tying the Lady Tiger’s career record. Andrea Deaton set the record in her 127-game career from 1991-95.
First-year Lady Tiger Courtney Clifton scored 19 points while Lee had 15.
Lee and Ballinger were a combined 15-15 from the field while Clifton also had seven made field goals. The trio had 22 of CU’s record 51 made field goals. The previous single-game high was 48 against Berea in 1982 and St. Catharine College this past February.
Also scoring in double figures were Millie Deason (12) and Megan Isaacs (10). Deason also had four blocks.
Campbellsville (2-0) will travel to Bethel University to take on the No. 19 Wildcats on Nov. 13.