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March 7, 2011
By Steve Blake of CKYSports

THE CHAMPS: Campbellsville Adds Tournament Championship to Regular Season Title
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Two-time Mid-South Conference Player of the Year Whitney Ballinger scored the final eight points of a game-deciding 15-0 second-half run to lead top-seed Campbellsville University to the conference women's basketball championship with a 72-58 win over No. 2 Shawnee State University at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Campbellsville, ranked fourth in the country, all but secured one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NAIA Div. I National Tournament, which runs March 16-22 in Jackson, Tenn. The Tigers became the first regular-season champion to win the women's tournament since Campbellsville did it to wrap up the 1997-98 season.
"It's a monkey off our backs," said Campbellsville Coach Ginger Colvin, whose team had won three straight regular-season titles but had been unable to win the tournament. "Shawnee State has a great group, and (Coach Robin Hagen-Smith) does a great job with them. I'm just really proud of my team."
Shawnee State (24-9), which also secured an automatic bid to the national tournament - its first as a Division I program - led 54-50 when junior Abby Ballman and sophomore Alex Pohl scored consecutive baskets with 7:15 to play.
Campbellsville (28-3) then ripped off 14 unanswered points, with Ballinger's last of four straight baskets coming with 1:57 to play to make the lead 65-54.
Ballinger, who became the third Tiger to score 2,000 points in her career, led all scorers with 28 points.
"Scoring 2,000 points and pulling down 1,000 rebounds says a lot about her," said Colvin. "It tells a lot about what she can do."
Senior Melly Heaton came off the bench to score 13 for Campbellsville, which won despite shooting only 39.3 percent from the field. Junior Megan Isaacs and sophomore Courtney Clifton added 10 points each, with Isaacs completing the double-double with 10 rebounds.
Shawnee State, which hit only 1-of-8 from the arc after making 41.4 percent in the first two rounds, had 12 points from senior Jill Cropper, while sophomore Catrice Mitchell flipped in 10. Mitchell was one of two Bears with seven rebounds.
Chris Wells
Lindsey Wilson College
Sports Information Director
Assistant Athletics Director
Mid-South Conference
Sports Information Director

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