CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Shawnee State women’s basketball won a thriller over #7 Campbellsville 83-75 on Saturday afternoon.
The 10th-ranked Bears had to battle all day as their largest lead would only be 10, occurring in the second quarter. The Bears led 19-15 after one quarter, and would push that into a 43-36 advantage by halftime. Jonessa Moore had 21 points and six rebounds in the first half to lead Shawnee State.
Campbellsville would roar back in the second half as the Tigers would use an 8-1 run at the end of the quarter to tie the game at 56. Campbellsville would take an early lead in the fourth, but Shawnee State would fight back and retake the lead. With the score 64-42, Brandie Snow would get two pivotal steals and score five quick points to push the Shawnee State lead back out to seven.
Campbellsville would again get back into the game and take a 72-71 lead with 2:03 to go. A two point jumper from Madison Ridout would give Shawnee State back the lead, 73-72. Madison Clements would hit one of two free throws for Campbellsville, but it would be all Shawnee State from there. A run-out layup from Moore, two free throws from Brandie Snow, and a great steal from Shania Massie that led to a Moore fastbreak layup would seal the game for the Bears.
Head coach Jeff Nickel said after the game, “I thought it was a great game by two great programs. I was very proud of our kids, we played with great poise down the stretch when we needed to. We got a great game from Jonessa Moore, and Brandie Snow made some key plays down the stretch. This is one of the best rivalries in the NAIA, Campbellsville has a great team and program, and I’m proud of how our team played on the road.”
Jonessa Moore led all scorers with 31 points on 12 of 17 shooting, and added seven rebounds. Brandie Snow had 16 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists, while Bailey Cummins added 15 points.
Campbellsville were led by Emily Fox with points, with Jordan Doram adding 12.
With the win, Shawnee State improve to 19-1 on the season and are 5-0 in the Mid-South Conference, keeping pace with Lindsey Wilson who also won on the afternoon. Campbellsville fall to 17-3 and are 4-2 in the league.
The Bears will continue a tough stretch at home next Thursday when they host #15 Cumberland (Tenn.) at Waller Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00pm.