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.”
Campbellsville University wrapped up the 12th annual Lou Cunningham Classic Saturday with an 80-70 win over Life University in the Powell Athletic Center. The win was the sixth-straight for the Tigers and the fifth-straight loss for Life since falling to Campbellsville in Marietta, Ga., on Nov. 12. Lindsey Wilson won the first game of the Lou Cunningham Classic on Friday 99-85 over Life.
The Tigers held an early 17-11 lead before Life posted a 7-0 run to gain its only lead of the day (18-17) on a layup-and-one play from Pete Driver.
Campbellsville used a three-point play by Chelsea Craig with about two minutes to go that gave the Lady Tigers a 67-64 lead that was never relinquished as CU defeated No. 18 Columbia College Saturday night, 75-70.
“That was huge,” said head coach Ginger Colvin. “We’re pleased to death with the way Chelsea is playing right now. She’s a battler.”
Players did not want to leave the HIG Field Saturday afternoon as the 2011 football season came to a close. They wanted the celebration to play on, and on, as Campbellsville University defeated Greenville College 21-7 to claim its first National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Victory Bowl championship.
It’s the first football championship of any kind for the Fighting Tigers since CU claimed a Mid-South Conference title in 1997.
Campbellsville University senior wide receiver Stan Warrenhuffman has been selected as the Mid-South Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Year, the conference office announced Thursday.
“If there’s an All-American in our conference, it’s Stan. He’s a pro in how he goes about his business. He’s well-deserving of the honor,” CU head coach Perry Thomas said.
Campbellsville University will go on the road to defend two straight NCCAA Mid-East Championships this week when the Volley Tigers travel to Indiana with pool play beginning on Thursday.
“The team has been working very hard in practice,” coach Amy Eckenfels said. “They understand we have been given a great opportunity to compete in the NCCAA region at Oakland City and hopefully advance to the nationals.”
First-year Tiger point guard Cedric Henderson drained a 17-foot jumper at the buzzer to pull Campbellsville University past No. 22 Union (Tenn.) University 68-66 on Tuesday night.
It’s the third straight year the Tigers have taken down a higher-ranked Union on its home floor.
Campbellsville went on a three-minute drought to start the second half and never fully recovered in dropping a 69-56 decision Monday night to No.-2 ranked Union University.
“I’m disappointed,” coach Ginger Colvin said. “They have a really nice team. We played super the first half and in the second half we got away from it.”
The Lady Tigers committed 22 turnovers and could manage but 22 points after intermission. Twice during the second half, CU committed three consecutive turnovers allowing Union to construct a 62-52 lead.
U of L Cardinals’ basketball (14-5)
Day, date Opponent (TV) Time
Friday, Nov. 111 Tennessee-Martin 83-48
Sunday, Nov. 13 Lamar 68-48
Saturday, Nov. 19 at Butler 69-53
Tuesday, Nov. 22 Arkansas State 54-27
Friday, Nov. 25 Ohio University 59-54