Sat, Mar. 3, 2012
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FRANKFORT, Ky. - The seeding held in the women's semifinals of the 2012 Mid-South Conference tournament, as No. 2-seed Shawnee State University survived 30 turnovers to knock off No. 6-seed Lindsey Wilson College 81-68 on Saturday afternoon.
As a result, the Lady Bears will play the top-seeded Patriots of the University of the Cumberlands in Sunday afternoon's championship game, slated for a 1:30 tip-off.
Shawnee State (26-4) advanced to the finals despite missing first-team all-conference point guard Abby Ballman. After shooting a solid 46.4 percent in the first half, the Lady Bears lit up the Frankfort Convention Center with 57.7 percent shooting the rest of the way.
It appeared early as if the Lady Bears would have an easy time of it, building a 33-17 lead with 5:22 still to play in the first half. But the Raiders then scored 12 unanswered points, and after back-to-back three-pointers by Kasi Litzinger and Monny Niamke, the Raiders were within four (33-29) with 54.5 seconds left.
Lindsey Wilson (20-11) would tie the game at 36 and again at 41, but could never gain the lead.
The Shawnee lead was 52-48 before it put the game away with nine unanswered points, six of which came from junior Catrice Mitchell, and when sophomore Tabby McKinney sank a free throw with 7:23 left, the lead was back to 13 at 61-48.
Mitchell came off the bench for 24 points and six rebounds in the win. She was joined by sophomore Alannah Sheets with 17 points and junior Schera Sampson with 12.
Lindsey Wilson was led by all-conference junior Ashley Rainey, who had 30 points, 12 rebounds and six steals in the loss. For Rainey, it marked her 17th double-double in 20 games this season.
Sophomore Jasmine Brimm followed with 15 points and added nine rebounds.