Shawnee State women’s basketball won a crucial Mid-South Conference game on Thursday night, knocking off #9 Campbellsville 92-73 at Waller Gymnasium.
The Bears and Tigers played a frantic first quarter, with four ties and four lead changes in the opening period. Lydia Poe would hit a basket with 13 seconds remaining in the quarter to give the Bears a 27-23 lead. The action would continue in the second quarter, as Campbellsville would come back from down seven to take a 34-33 lead on Madison Stewart’s basket and free throw. Shawnee State would immediately re-take the lead on an Ashton Lovely three pointer, and would hold a five-point advantage at halftime.
Lovely would again pop up and start a 15-5 run by Shawnee State wrapping around the third and fourth quarters to push the SSU lead out to double digits. Madison Ridout’s three pointer with 7:16 to go in the game would stretch the Shawnee State lead to 20, and Campbellsville could draw no closer than 17 for the rest of the game.
Madison Ridout would lead Shawnee State with 18 points, hitting seven of nine shots from the field. Bailey Cummins added 17 and Lydia Poe would tie a career-high 15 points to aid the winning cause.
Emily Fox and Madison Stewart each scored 15 for Campbellsville, with Madison Clements and Jordan Doram each adding 12.
With the win, Shawnee State improves to 26-2 and are 11-1 in the Mid-South Conference. The Bears kept pace with Lindsey Wilson, who defeated Cumberlands (Ky.) to remain unbeaten. Campbellsville falls to 23-5 and are 8-4 in the league.
#5 Shawnee State and #2 Lindsey Wilson will decide the fate of the MSC regular season championship next Thursday night when the Bears travel to Columbia to take on the Blue Raiders. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00pm.