Jackson, Tenn. (March 17, 2011) - The JBU women’s basketball team had their season come to an end on Thursday night after losing 76-51 to the No. 1 seed Campbellsville (Ky.) during round one action of the 2011 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament in Jackson, Tenn.
JBU closes out the year at 20-12, their best finish since the 2005-2006 season. This was JBU’s third trip to the national tournament, with their first appearance occurring in 2004. They made a return trip in 2006 but have never advanced past the first round in tournament play.
JBU was led by freshman Sierra Shipley, who finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Junior Chelsea Garrison added 10 points. And freshman Kami Garrison had nine.
CU (29-3) was appearing in their 19th national tournament and got a game high 17 points and seven rebounds from reigning women’s national player of the year, senior Whitney Ballinger. Sophomore Courtney Clifton added 14 points and eight caroms, while senior Courtney Danis rounded out their double digit effort with 12.
In the first half, Clifton drained back to back treys giving the Lady Tigers the six point lead at the 16:43 mark. Meanwhile, JBU struggled to hit shots and allowed CU to build on their lead and go into the locker rooms ahead 41-22 at the break.
For the half, JBU shot 29 percent (9-31), while giving up 41.2 percent (14-34) to CU.
The Lady Tigers continued to nail shots in the second half, while JBU’s woes escalated. With 14:50 to go, Melly Heaton gave the Lady Tigers their largest lead of the night at 55-28 after drilling a three from the corner for the 27 point advantage.
JBU regrouped and responded with a 12-2 run capped off by a tough bucket by Jordyn Ferrell in the paint to make it 57-40 with 11:37 to go. But CU stepped up their offensive attack and built on their lead before pulling away for the 25 point win.
For the game, JBU only shot 30.2 percent (19-63) including a dismal 13 percent (3-23) from downtown. CU, however, knocked down 45 percent (27-60) of their tries, while also out rebounding JBU 42-31.
Playing in their final game for the Lady Golden Eagles, JBU says goodbye to seniors Katie Mangels, Emily Ortiz, and Ashley Taylor, and redshirt junior Staffica Bain.