Lady Tiger basketball shot a frigid 25 percent in the first half but countered that by firing 54 in the second half to beat John Brown University, 71-64.
Playing in the inaugural Jackson Rotary Classic at historic Oman Arena, it was a totally different team for Campbellsville (6-0) in each half. The Lady Tigers trailed 27-22 and only hit 8-of-31 shots, while John Brown (5-3) drilled six 3-pointers in the opening frame.
Coming out of the break, though, CU would score 28 points – six more points than it did in the entire first half. The Lady Tigers took their first lead in the third quarter with 5:49 left, as Emily Fox capped a 14-7 run with one of her four 3-pointers. She finished with a team-high 14 points along with sophomore Jordan Doram, who also grabbed a career-high 13 boards for her first double-double.
Playing in her first game in over two weeks, Lexxus Graham pushed Campbellsville’s lead to seven points, 50-43, with 55 seconds left in the third. Graham finished the night with 10 points, including a pair of Edward Jones 3s.
John Brown ended up cutting the Lady Tiger lead to four points after Rosa Orpo sunk two of her 10 points for the Golden Eagles. But then it was Lauren Turner pushing the lead back to seven with 5:43 left after making a pair of free throws.
But John Brown wouldn’t go away easily. Bailey Cameron drilled one of her four 3-pointers and Orpo nailed another to cut the lead to three, 61-58. Cameron finished with a game-high 16 points – only five in the second half, while Kodee Powell finished with 12 and Orpo followed with 10.
After the Golden Eagles scored six quick points from the 3, they went cold and didn’t score from the 4:25 mark to 1:41 left. CU also shut down Cameron as she missed her final three shots and only made one triple in the second half.
Campbellsville then answered right back to put the game away with a 10-6 run. Madison Faulkner grabbed her own rebound to finish with two of her new career-high 10 points. That was the difference maker for CU late, as the Lady Tigers finished with 13 offensive rebounds and scored 19 second chance points.
On the next CU possession, Madison Clements picked up a steal and hit a jumper to put the Lady Tigers ahead 65-58 with 2:43 left. Clements and Doram both hit layups in the final 38 seconds extending the Lady Tigers’ lead back to nine, 71-62, before John Brown finished with a layup at the end.
Campbellsville finished shooting 41 percent from the floor (28-of-68), while John Brown shot 37 percent (24-of-65). The Lady Tigers also held the rebounding advantage (44-30) and CU scored 15 points off 10 turnovers for John Brown.
CU will now play No. 2 Westmont University on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Westmont battled No. 1 and reigning NAIA champion MidAmerica Nazarene on Friday night at 6 p.m. ET.
All games can heard live on 88.7 The Tiger (wlcufm.com) and CampbellsvilleTigers.com/watch.
by Jordan Alves