BILLINGS, Mont. — Madison Clements was outstanding all game for one-seed
Campbellsville but a run of back-to-back-to-back threes from the senior with around
two minutes left in the third quarter broke open the game, as the Lady Tigers
defeated eight-seed Faulkner University 79-63 in the first round of the 2018 NAIA
Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.
Before those threes, Faulkner was threatening to pull a stunning upset, trailing
just 43-39. After Clements’ strikes from distance, CU went ahead, 52-42, and the
Eagles never got closer.
Even earlier in the game, the upset looked a distinct reality. Faulkner out-scored
Campbellsville 15-10 in the second frame as the Lady Tigers hit only 3-of-17 from
the floor but led, 28-27, at halftime.
Starting the second half, the Eagles went on a 7-2 run early in the period to take a
two-point lead with 7:29 on the clock.
The anticipation of an upset soon dissipated thanks to Clements. She went 4-of-4
from 3-point land in the third quarter, scoring 14 points in those 10 minutes alone.
She finished with a career-high 32 points, shooting 6-7 from behind the arc, and
added five rebounds.
Outside of Clements, Campbellsville’s win was all about the defense. The top team in
the nation in steals per game hung right around their season averages with 15 steals
and forced 19 turnovers. They also limited Faulkner’s potent long-range offense,
which ranks third in the country in 3-point field goals made per game, limiting the
Eagles to 6-29 shooting from distance.
The win advances the Lady Tigers beyond the first round of the national tournament
for the fifth straight year. They have reached at least the quarterfinals in each of
the last four seasons and played in two the last three Fab Fours.
Overall, in the past two games, Clements has totaled 54 points after scoring 22
points vs. No. 1 Shawnee State in the Mid-South Conference Tournament championship
game two weeks ago. Clements, the WBCA All-American Honorable Mention, now has 1,156
The Lady Tigers struggled from the floor overall, hitting 20-of-58 but CU shot the
most free throws in a game since 2014, hitting 31-of-43 (72%).
Campbellsville (29-5) also out-rebounded Faulkner, 52-39. The 52 rebounds are also
the most in a game since CU grabbed 53 vs. Talladega College on Nov. 12, 2016. In
addition, the Lady Tigers dished out 18 assists on 20 field goals, as Caitlin Hall
and Lauren Turner both finished with five.
The Lady Tigers get back in action on Friday, March 16, at 12:45 p.m. ET against the
winner of Montana Western University or Dillard University – which was playing right
after CU’s this afternoon in Billings.