The women’s and men’s basketball programs at Shawnee State will host two critical Mid-South Conference doubleheaders over the coming days at Waller Gymnasium, with the Bears playing host to Campbellsville on Thursday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Lindsey Wilson on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
As a part of the doubleheaders, Shawnee State encourages everyone to wear blue as part of Thursday evening’s contests while wearing white as part of Saturday’s affairs.
Toro Loco, who takes pride in serving Mexican dishes made with the finest ingredients available, will sponsor Thursday evening’s contests while Dawn Incorporated, who provides construction services in the government and commercial market sectors, will sponsor Saturday’s doubleheaders.
A full preview of the women’s and men’s basketball slates are below. The Thursday contests are Blue Out games, the Saturday matchups are White Out affairs.
No. 7 SSU women (21-3, 8-2 MSC) vs. No. 2 Campbellsville (23-1, 9-1 MSC), Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. Waller Gymnasium
Campbellsville women notes
- Shawnee State, who sits in a second-place tie with Lindsey Wilson in the Mid-South Conference standings at 8-2 overall, handed Campbellsville its only loss of the season, a 79-64 decision on Jan. 11 in Campbellsville.
- Campbellsville’s notable victories include a 78-57 win over Pikeville, a 82-61 victory over No. 14 MidAmerica Nazarene, a 70-67 victory over No. 8 Westmont, a 86-65 win over No. 14 Lindsey Wilson, and a 84-66 decision over Martin Methodist.
- The Tigers are putting three players in double-figures:
- 5-8 senior forward Madison Faulkner (16.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 46.5 percent shooting)
- 5-8 junior guard Savannah Gregory (12.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 55.8 percent shooting)
- 5-9 sophomore guard Lexy Lake (10.8 points, 2.3 steals, 46.2 percent shooting, 44.4 percent three-point shooting)
- Ginger High Colvin (358-83) is in her 13th season as the head coach at Campbellsville.
No. 25 SSU men (16-8, 5-5 MSC) vs. No. 2 Campbellsville (15-9, 5-5 MSC), Thursday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m. Waller Gymnasium
Campbellsville men notes
- Shawnee State and Campbellsville, who sit in a third-place tie in Mid-South Conference play along with Thomas More and Lindsey Wilson, met on Jan. 11, with the Bears handing the Tigers a 86-57 defeat in Campbellsville.
- Campbellsville’s most notable victory was a 72-66 decision over then-No. 4 Pikeville on Jan. 9.
- 5-10 junior guard Taiveyhon Mason (13.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 47.7 percent shooting) and 6-3 senior guard Ronald Taylor (10.4 points, five rebounds, 47.5 percent shooting) are scoring in double-figures for the Tigers.
- Brent Vernon (75-45) is in his fourth season as Campbellsville’s head coach. He coached under Keith Adkins from 2012 to 2016, being promoted to the head seat after Adkins left for Life at that point in time.
No. 7 SSU women (21-3, 8-2 MSC) vs. No. 14 Lindsey Wilson (19-4, 8-2 MSC), Saturday afternoon, 2 p.m. Waller Gymnasium
Lindsey Wilson women notes
- The Bears fell to the Blue Raiders in the pair’s previous meeting on Jan. 9 by a 87-77 margin.
- Lindsey Wilson is putting four players in double-figures:
- 5-7 junior guard Reagan Turner (18.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 44.4 percent shooting, 43.8 percent three-point shooting)
- 6-0 senior forward DeAsia Outlaw (14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals, two blocks, 46.9 percent shooting)
- 5-10 senior guard J’Nayah Hall (11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.2 steals, 44.3 percent shooting)
- 5-7 senior guard Jynea Harris (10.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 43.6 percent shooting)
- John Wethington (627-350) is in his 31st season coaching the program.
No. 25 SSU men (16-8, 5-5 MSC) vs. No. 14 Lindsey Wilson (16-8, 5-5 MSC), Saturday afternoon, 4 p.m. Waller Gymnasium
Lindsey Wilson men notes
- The Bears and Blue Raiders, who sit in a third-place tie with the aforementioned Tigers and Thomas More in the conference standings, met on Jan. 9, where Shawnee State was able to claim a 95-59 victory.
- Lindsey Wilson’s most notable victory was a 80-69 victory over then-No. 4 Pikeville on Jan. 9.
- Lindsey Wilson is putting six players in double-figures:
- 5-10 senior guard Reece Brooks (19.8 points, 5.4 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 45.6 percent shooting, 39.7 percent from three-point range)
- 6-2 junior guard Kel Stotts (11.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 42.3 percent shooting, 38.4 percent three-point shooting)
- 6-8 senior forward Matthew Eldridge (11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 48 percent shooting, 36.9 percent three-point shooting)
- 6-2 sophomore Payton Cundiff (10.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 44.6 percent shooting, 42.4 percent three-point shooting)
- 6-9 junior Avery Edwards (10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 56.8 percent shooting)
- 6-6 senior forward Kameron Mack (10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 47.7 percent shooting)
- Keith Adkins (32-23) is in his second season at Lindsey Wilson. Adkins coached at Campbellsville and Life (Ga.) prior to making the move to the Blue Raiders, and has a 401-250 overall record in his 23rd season as a head coach.
Keys for SSU women
- Good ball movement. In their first meeting against Lindsey Wilson, the Bears posted 10 assists on 33 made baskets. In their first meeting against Campbellsville, SSU posted 15 assists on 30 made shots. Shawnee State, as in past years, has plenty of bodies who can go and get a basket when needed. The matter comes down to continuing to keeping the ball hopping.
- Defense. Shawnee State allowed Lindsey Wilson to shoot a wild 58.8 percent from the floor for the game in its first meeting. Campbellsville, however, was held to a 41.5 percent mark from the field and a 25 percent accuracy rate from deep. To stay in games, the Bears need to play with the sense of urgency that was evident on the defensive end in the Campbellsville affair. With how talented SSU is as a group, strong defensive play will keep the Bears in any contest regardless of the opponent.
Keys for SSU men
- As with the women, strong ball movement will have to emphasized heavily. It could be argued that the Shawnee State men’s best three halves of basketball were the first and second halves against Lindsey Wilson and the first half of basketball against Campbellsville. Shawnee State posted an outstanding 20 assists on 38 made field goals against the Blue Raiders en route to its 36-point victory over Lindsey Wilson and posted a 54-21 first-half lead en route to its 29-point win over the Tigers. Keeping the rock hopping has been where SSU has played at its best this season.
- Turnovers have been a problem all year for the Bears. In fact, with an average of 17.6 misplays per game, it’s arguably Shawnee State’s biggest Achilles heel, considering that SSU has lost four games by four points or less while losing a fifth in overtime. Limiting the turnovers to just 14 in each contest from here on out only increases the chances for the Bears to come away victorious.