Campbellsville Rolls Over Wiley, 71-55
Senior leaders Courtney Clifton and Mackenzie Lee combined for six 3-pointers and scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, to lead Campbellsville (25-9) and add to their 1,000 Point Club career totals.
Wiley opened the game with a 4-0 run, but Clifton gave the Lady Tigers a 7-6 lead to spark a 6-0 Campbellsville run and never looked back. Campbellsville shot 54.8 percent from the floor in the first half (17-of-31), the second best first-half performance behind Freed Hardeman's 59.4 percent effort (19-of-32) earlier in the night.
After taking the lead, Campbellsville stretched it to double figures, 31-21, on a basket from Ellen Sholtes with 4:24 remaining in the opening half. Clifton made it 16 points, 42-26, with her second 3-pointer of the half before Wiley cut it to 14 at the break, 42-28.
Campbellsville went up by 19 early in the second half, but the Wiley Wildcats responded with a 16-5 run, including eight points from Latika Smith, to cut their deficit to single digits, 52-44. Smith finished with 14 points behind Chinwendu Mbah's team-leading 17 points.
The Lady Tigers broke out of their second half lull, as Lee hit a 3 to spark an eight-point run to stretch their lead back to 16, 60-44, with seven minutes remaining. The lead remained, topping out at 18 points, 70-52, on a pair of Keisha Compton free throws with 1:25 to play. Compton led Campbellsville's bench in scoring with eight of the Lady Tigers' 25 bench points.
Wiley College finishes its season with a 29-4 record after entering the tournament on an 11-game win streak. The 16-point loss is the largest of the season for the Red River Athletic Conference champion Wildcats.
Campbellsville is now 5-0 against Texas teams in the opening round of the NAIA Championships.
The Lady Tigers advance to the second round for the third time in the last four seasons and 12th time in 21 appearances. They meet with Freed-Hardeman will be a rematch of the 2011 quarterfinals. Campbellsville leads the series all-time, 3-2, including a 1-1 mark in the NAIA postseason.