It is what every team works toward – a national ranking. And in the fifth year of participation in the NAIA, and Mid-South Conference, that is exactly what the St. Catharine College women’s basketball team received for the first time last week.
For the Patriots, 25th in Tuesday’s poll, it is well deserved as they won five consecutive contests which included three against teams that were ranked in the top-25. But head coach Lena Bramblett is cautious in her exuberance over the honor.
“We have a long, long way to go,” said the Patriot mentor whose team owns an 11-4 record and a 5-3 conference mark. “We are only halfway through the conference schedule after this weekend.”
The Patriots took their new ranking and third place MSC standing on the road for the next four games. Thursday they won at Pikeville (see related story) and Saturday they visit UVA-Wise. Next week they travel to Rio Grande on Thursday and Shawnee State on Saturday.
In addition to the national ranking, the Patriots are also making noise statistically. They are fourth in the nation in free throw percentage at 74 percent. With 4.06 blocks a game the Patriots are 10th nationally. They are scoring 73.6 a game, which is the 14th best offensive output in the country.