Campbellsville – a No. 1 seed – has had to work a little bit harder than one might think to etch itself into Saturday’s round of eight. Last night, the Tigers held off upset-minded eighth-seeded LSU Shreveport (La.), 55-46, and Friday’s action had similar story lines.
Campbellsville (31-3) has yet to put together a complete game in the championship. The Tigers shot reasonably well in the first half, netting 48.1 percent of their shots (13-of-27), but 11 turnovers at the break helped keep the Pioneers in the contest despite shooting 32 percent from the floor on only eight made shots (25 attempts).
MidAmerica Nazarene held a 7-0 advantage in second-chance points off of Campbellsville miscues, but also gave the ball away 16 times in first stanza of action.
Madison Clements was the top-Tiger scorer in the first 20 minutes, gathering eight points on three-of-four shooting. Six Campbellsville players registered at least one bucket in the first half, helping gain a 31-21 advantage at the break.
Jasmine Webb (eight points) and Daria Sprew (seven points) combined for 15 of their team’s 21 points (71.4 percent).
The second half was much of the same, as both teams would make mini-runs on each other, but neither Campbellsville nor MidAmerica Nazarene could put together a long enough string of offense to make a difference in the outcome of the game.
The Pioneers were able to cut their deficit to five points on a couple of occasions in the second half, but it was too little, too late.
Sprew hit a close shot to cut the lead to 50-45 with 1:08 remaining, but that was as close as her team would get. A pair of free throws by Caroline Owen iced the game away in the final seconds.
Both teams played sloppy offensively as they combined for 49 turnovers in the contest.
Sprew led the Pioneers – who have now lost back-to-back times in the second round – with 17 points, five rebounds and three steals. Webb finished the season with a 14-point performance. MidAmerica Nazarene’s year comes to a close at 27-7.
Clements, Owen and Lindsey Burd scored 34 of their team’s points in the win, and now the Tigers – who led the entire game – will play the winner of Bethel (Tenn.) and Concordia (Calif.) at 8 p.m. CDT tomorrow night.