Campbellsville, Ky.-- In an uncharacteristic showing, the NAIA’s No. 3 ranked Azusa Pacific couldn’t overcome poor shooting and bad defense as the Cougars dropped their second game of the year, 91-76 to Campbellsville (Ky.).
Azusa Pacific (5-2) hit just 36.84 percent of its shots, including an abysmal 4-22 from behind the arc, while Campbellsville was an efficient 51.85 percent from the floor to finish with 91 points; by far the most Azusa Pacific has given up on the young season.
“We didn’t play well…we were terrible,” said head coach TJ Hardeman. “It’s cold here in Kentucky, and we made it look freezing in the gym. We had no outside shooting and we were horrendous defensively.”
Amber Williams and Briana Hall were the only two Cougars to finish in double-digits, while five of the Tigers scored 10 or more, led by Courtney Clifton’s 25. Azusa Pacific’s backcourt shot just 10-40 in the game, and hit only two if its 16 3-point attempts.
Campbellsville’s Katie Allen finished with more assists (11) than the entire Azusa Pacific roster (10) as the Tigers consistently found gaps in the Cougar defense, while the Cougars struggled to get any momentum going offensively.
“They did a good job, they kept us off our game,” said Hardeman. “We have to be able to help defensively and we did a poor job as a team. There wasn’t anything I was happy with. If we took away anything, we learned we need to execute things as a team.”
Campbellsville led by as many as 23 and wasn’t threatened for almost the entirety of the second half in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
Madalene Barrett led all players with 10 rebounds, while Williams had a team-high 24 points.
The Cougars will have a chance to get a split in Kentucky when they face No. 25 Lindsey Wilson (6-3) at 4 p.m. (ET) on Saturday.