Playing its fourth straight game against a ranked opponent, No. 4 Lady Tiger basketball ran into a Lindsey Wilson ball club that put up season-high numbers today. The Blue Raiders scored on 12-straight possessions in the fourth quarter, en route to upsetting Campbellsville, 88-65.
The Battle of Highway 55 hadn’t played on a Saturday in years and Campbellsville (7-2, 1-1 MSC) was unable to stop the athletic Blue Raiders on the defensive end. Lindsey Wilson (9-0, 2-0 MSC) shot a season-high 57 percent from the floor, out-rebounded the Lady Tigers 43-27 and scored 54 points in the paint compared to 24 for CU.
In addition to the 43 made baskets for LWC, the Blue Raiders finished with a season-high 34 assists – two away from tying a program record of 36 set in 1992. Malerie Martin had a game-high seven assists, while Kayla Richardson and Tianna Curry had six for LWC and LeeAnn Grider finished with six for the Lady Tigers.
Campbellsville struggled from the floor overall hitting 35 percent from the floor and 18 percent from behind the 3-point line. Grider had a game-high 20 points, while Madison Clements had 14. Jordan Doram led all rebounders with nine.
Doram gave the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead to start the game but Curry evened its up on the next LWC possession – Campbellsville never regained the lead again.
The Lady Tigers went on a pair of cold spurts throughout the first and second quarters. After Doram’s opening basket, CU did not score again for exactly four minutes but the Blue Raiders would not capitalize and led just 6-2.
CU was able to finished the opening quarter on a 7-2 run and pulled within two points. Grider capped off the quarter with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, which ended up being the Lady Tigers first triple of the game and lone one of the half.
In the second quarter, Grider scored CU’s first basket with 7:47 left and CU cut the lead to two, 22-20, but did not score again until 1:43 was on the clock in the opening half. During that cold spell, Lindsey Wilson went on a 10-0 run and pushed its lead to double-digits, 32-20, with 4:06 left in the half.
The Lady Tigers went 0-of-3 from behind the 3-point line and 0-of-3 from inside the arc until Abby Miller finished a layup cutting the lead to eight, 34-26.
After trailing 36-26 at halftime, Campbellsville’s scoring picked up in the second half but Lindsey Wilson didn’t flinch and continued to blister the nets. The Blue Raiders made six of their first eight shots to extend the lead to 57-39, which was the largest through the first three quarters.
Trailing by 17 points, 60-43, to start the fourth quarter, CU made one final push. Clements made jumper and was followed by a pair of free throws by Emily Fox and a 3 by Lexxus Graham. Fox finished the day with seven points and hit just 2-of-13 from the floor – all 2-point baskets. Graham finished with eight points and made a pair of triples.
But after CU cut the lead to 10 points, Lindsey Wilson put together an impressive 15-3 run to grab a 75-53 lead with 4:43 left in regulation. From the 8:08 mark to 1:08 left in the game, LWC made 12 consecutive shots and Campbellsville was unable to recover.
The 9-0 start for Lindsey Wilson is the second-best start in program history after starting the 1990-91 season with a 13-0 mark.
Campbellsville finished hitting 22-of-63 from the floor (35 percent), while both teams hit 18 percent from behind the 3-point line.
The Lady Tigers get back in action on Friday, Dec. 9, as CU travels to Lebanon, Tenn. to play Carver College on the campus of Cumberland University. Coverage starts on 88.7 The Tiger at 6:45 with tipoff at 7 p.m. ET.
by Jordan Alves