Lady Pats endure killer weekend on hardwood

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By The Staff

SCC Sports Information

It didn’t take long for Lena Bramblett’s women’s basketball team to rack up two wins as they edged Berea 104-102 in the season opener (see last week’s Sun) and then bettered visiting Union College 87-79 last Tuesday.

But it also took little time to find out what the elite NAIA opposition is all about after last week’s trip to Tennessee. After losing to Lambuth (# 9 in the nation in NAIA) 92-41 on Friday they fell at Union University (#1 in the nation) 120-52 on Saturday. Bramblett, however, took a realistic look at the 2-2 record.

“Hey, they are that good,” said the Patriots’ coach of the weekend opponents. “Sometimes you just have to suck it up and take it and that is what we did in those two games.”

After opening the season with a 43 point performance against Berea, junior guard Erin Rogers followed that with 28 points in the victory over Union to lead the nation in scoring after two games. Point guard Iona Caulder had 13 points in the win over Union after opening the season with 19 against Berea.

In a late Monday game the Patriots really jumped into the big time with an exhibition game at D-I Austin Peay.

The team returns to NAIA action this weekend with a tournament at the University of Rio Grande in Ohio. On Friday they play Milligan College and Saturday they play Rio Grande.

They will be back at home on Tuesday with a game against Alice Lloyd starting at 6 p.m.

“We now see where we need to be, what we need to do to compete at the top level of the NAIA,” added Bramblett.