Campbellsville rallied from 19 points down to defeat Bethel 73-64 Saturday night and reach of the NAIA Women's Division I semifinals. The Lady Tigers had never reached the Final Four before.
Next up for Campbellsville is a matchup with Freed Hardeman, also a No. 1 seed, at 9 p.m. on Monday in Independence, Mo.
On Saturday night, the Lady Tigers (32-3) trailed 53-34 with 15:35 left before turning it around. The rally was led by seldom-used senior Lindey Young, who entered the game and scored five points and pulled down seven rebounds. Sophomores LeeAnn Grider and Madison Clements also came up big in the second half, scoring 10 and 15 points, respectively.
"How great is it to close out your senior season with an effort like that," Coach Ginger Colvin said of Young.
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Clements led three Lady Tigers in double figures with 18 points. Grider (Russell County) had 17 points, five assists and eight rebounds. Caroline Owen added 13. Former Lexington Christian star Kristen Jacob had eight points, four rebounds and four assists.
"I think the difference was our fresh legs," Colvin said. "We rode Lindsey (Burd) and Chelsea (Craig) for as long as we could, but when we went to our bench we started clicking."
Freshman was big for Thomas More
Thomas More's women, who won the NCAA Division III national championship on Saturday night, got a star performance from Sydney Moss. The Final Four MVP from Boone County had a triple-double in the 83-63 win over George Fox (Ore.).
But one of Thomas More's freshman also played a major role. Abby Owings, a 5-foot-2 point guard out of Simon Kenton, had 17 points, three assists and a steal. She made the all-tournament team.
"As a little girl I dreamed of playing for Kentucky," Owings said in a report on NCAA.com, gripping her championship trophy. "In high school though, I realized that I'm not big enough. I am grateful that Coach (Jeff) Hans was able to overlook my size and see my heart and realize that I can run with anybody."
Owings said Thomas More's proximity to her home (15 minutes away) and playing with Moss made choosing the school an easy call. But she didn't expect to be a starter as a freshman.
"I was so surprised," she said. "Being a freshman I figured I could give some quality minutes off the bench.
"Being a point guard on any team is a big responsibility," she added. "It was a great feeling to know I could lead this team to a national championship."
Temple advances to NIT quarterfinals
Senior Will Cummings scored 21 points, Jesse Morgan had 20 and Temple beat George Washington 90-77 on Sunday in the second round of the NIT in Philadelphia.
Devin Coleman added 13 points and Jaylen Bond finished with eight points and 15 rebounds for the top-seeded Owls (25-10), who never trailed and led by as many as 19 points to easily advance to the quarterfinals where they will host the Louisiana Tech-Texas A&M winner on Wednesday.
Kethan Savage led fifth-seeded George Washington (22-13) with 25 points.
■ Kendall Anthony scored seven of his 21 points in overtime after Richmond rallied late in regulation and the host Spiders beat Arizona State 76-70 in the NIT.
Bradley fires its men's coach
Geno Ford is out as head basketball coach at Bradley after four years. Athletics Director Chris Reynolds made the announcement Sunday in a news release.
Ford compiled a 46-86 record during his tenure, including a 9-24 record in the 2014-15 season.