Madison Clements scored five points in the final 20 seconds – two of those a game-winning runner in the lane with 3 clicks left – and No. 4 Campbellsville was able to survive once again on the road, 73-72, over No. 21 Talladega College.
Talladega led at the end of each period and took a 57-49 lead after the third quarter but it was Campbellsville (3-0) who rallied when it mattered most.
The Lady Tigers trailed by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter but Clements sparked the CU rally and buried her lone 3 of the night with 5:52 remaining to bring the game back to even, 61-all.
With 2:01 to play, Talladega took a brief 70-67 lead after Sydnee Clark converted an old fashioned 3-point play by hitting the and-one free throw. CU would then slow down Talladega’s attack in the final two minutes by only allowing a pair of free throws the rest of the way.
It was Campbellsville having the good fortune on its side tonight, as Talladega called a timeout with 26 seconds remaining… but they were already out of timeouts. Emily Fox stepped to the line for the technical free throws but hit just 1-of-2 bringing the Lady Tigers’ deficit to two, 70-68.
After a timeout by CU, Tashebe Henry was fouled and went to the free throw line with 20 seconds left but gave the Lady Tigers a chance by only hitting 1-of-2 freebies.
CU came right back on its next possession. Emily Fox had an open look but her 3 to tie the game caromed all the way to Clements who then nailed the game-tying triple, 71-71.
On the made basket, CU fouled Henry again with 6.9 seconds left but she missed the first and made the second free throw to set up a game-winner for CU…. by Madison Clements.
CU called a timeout after the made free throw with six seconds remaining and senior point guard LeeAnn Grider found Clements on a back-door for a last-second layup to seal the Lady Tigers.
Clements led the way for CU with 16 points and hitting 7-of-12 from the floor. Grider pitched in with three triples and scored 14 points. Jordan Doram led CU with six rebounds.
For Talladega, Jasmine Stackhouse, Clark and Henry led all scoring with 12 points, while Ashley Burchfield accounted for 11 points off the bench.
Stackhouse scored 10 of the first 12 points for Talladega but Campbellsville shut her down in the final three quarters to only scoring two the rest of the way.
The Lady Tigers now travel to Pikeville, Ky. to face Bluefield State College on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m. ET. CU returns home to host this same Talladega squad on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
by Jordan Alves