FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Shawnee State women’s basketball program won its third consecutive Mid-South Conference Tournament on Sunday afternoon by toppling the No. 2-seeded Lindsey Wilson 71-65 at the Frankfort Convention Center.
The Bears got off to a hot start in the first quarter as Shawnee State led the whole period. With a 9-5 lead, Shawnee State put together a 12-0 run to take a 21-5 lead on the Blue Raiders. Shawnee State was 4-of-7 from three in the period, which was good enough to build a 24-9 lead at the break.
Shawnee State needed the 15 point advantage, as Lindsey Wilson stormed back into the game in the second quarter. Kayla Styles would score 13 of Lindsey Wilson’s 20 points in the period, and grabbed nine rebounds in the quarter, five on the offensive end. Shawnee State, however, did enough offensively to hold a 36-29 advantage at halftime.
The third quarter was fairly even, as Shawnee State survived an early 8-3 Lindsey Wilson run to eventually push the lead back out to nine points to end the period. Shawnee State then started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to push the lead back out to a 17-point margin. Lindsey Wilson began a late charge with 5:28 to go, with Kayla Styles hitting a layup to make it 66-63 with 1:29 to play. However, the Bears dug deep and close the game, with Bailey Cummins putting the game out of reach with a three-pointer with 16 seconds to go.
Brandie Snow led Shawnee State’s balanced attack with 15 points on the afternoon. Bailey Cummins and Lydia Poe each had 13, and Madison Ridout added 12. Jonessa Moore had nine points and led Shawnee State with 10 rebounds.
Kayla Styles had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Lindsey Wilson. Chanel Roberts added 11 and Malerie Martin had 10.
With the win, Shawnee State improves to 31-2 on the season. Lindsey Wilson falls to 30-2.
The win, in addition to the tournament championship itself, gives Shawnee State the Mid-South Conference’s automatic bid to the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championships, which will be held in Billings, Montana from Wednesday, March 15 to Saturday, March 21. The win also clinches Shawnee State’s third consecutive automatic bid to the National Tournament, as the Bears have now won three straight Mid-South Conference Tournaments. The Bears defeated Campbellsville each of the last two seasons.
Shawnee State will find out the date and opponent of their first round game on Wednesday, March 8th.
For more details regarding the season that the Shawnee State University women’s basketball program has put together, check out a future edition of the Portsmouth Daily Times.