BILLINGS — Savanna Bignell had a different view than most for the frantic final 4.5 seconds of the game.

“I was on the ground screaming, “Let her shoot!’ ” said the sophomore from Montana Western.

Looking up from the court, Bignell was yelling to her teammates to allow Madison Faulkner a final shot attempt.

“It was only a two,” Bignell explained.

Faulkner missed and the Bulldogs posted the first upset in the round of 16, defeating Campbellsville 60-57 Friday at the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

The Bulldogs (26-8) will play Menlo (23-8) in a 2 p.m. quarterfinal game on Saturday.

Montana Western, the No. 4 seed in the Duer Bracket, is playing the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2013.

The Oaks of California advanced with an 88-78 win over Benedictine on Friday morning.

Campbellsville, which reached the semifinals last year and was the No. 1 seed in the bracket, finishes 29-6.

Bignell finished with a team-high 14 points, including seven in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter. Cierra Lamey and Tori Anderson each had 11, while Brianna King had a double-double of 10 points and 11 assists.

Madison Clements had a game-high 22 points for the Lady Tigers.

Montana Western used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to take a 40-28 lead.

“We got the momentum going. We trusted each other,” said Bignell. “Everybody was feeding off of everybody’s energy.”

The Bulldogs did not make a field goal in the final 3:59 of the game but made 11 free throws.

Campbellsville pulled within 60-57 on Clements’ fourth 3-pointer with less than five seconds to play.

“Kudos to her, she was making everything,” Bignell said.

Western called timeout to set up an in-bounds play but the Lady Tigers forced a five-second violation.

“I didn’t do a good job of setting them up coming out of the timeout,” said Western coach Lindsay Woolley.

Faulkner got the ball at the free throw line and her shot rolled around before falling off the front of the rim.

“Survive and dance,” Woolley said.

A year ago in Billings, Bignell wasn’t dancing. She was on the sideline using crutches after suffering a season-ending knee injury during the regular season.

“She’s tough, that says it all,” said Woolley.

Bignell also had six rebounds against Campbellsville. Her 3-pointer started the decisive 12-0 run for the Bulldogs.

“Oh, this is much different,” she said of playing on the national stage. “It’s a little bit funner to be part of it when you’re playing.”

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